Is Mississippi On Your Mind?

If the Gulf Coast’s plight still weighs on you or maybe even occupies a tiny little corner of your mind, you could ease your conscience some by heading over to D.C. Fine Arts on Wisconsin Ave. in upper Georgetown to see Katrina Remembered, an installation by 6 Mississippi-based artists that’s only up until July 30th. All the proceeds from Thursday night’s opening reception, at $50 a pop, went to the Mississippi Arts Commission, and most of the money from sales of the artists’ works will also go to the Commission. It’s a small show in a small space.

I guarantee you’ll be entranced by Jason Marlow’s video short – he took 16-millimeter film from a 1960s-era family beach vacation and laid over dark, obscuring tones and moody music (heard through headphones), making the ocean appear quite menacing. At one point, a hand appears out of the murk, wielding a spray paint can; it shoots onto an unsuspecting man the ubiquitous X seen on houses all over New Orleans, branding the man with the mark of Katrina. Marlow, a 20-something artist living in Jackson, said he spent hours working with a special effects program, compositing 8 mm, 16 mm and video into the resulting work.

Josh Hailey’s photographs were intriguing, also. Hailey took photos around New Orleans – a warehouse for parade floats, abandoned cars under I-10, a FEMA trailer park – and semi-destroyed the negatives by scratching and burning them. The resulting black and white prints look as if they went through a flood; the images are distorted and even have bubbles (from the burning process).

The show was put together by gallery co-owner Elyse Savitch and a Mississippi artist who she happened to meet while vacationing in California post-Katrina. Katrina Remembered: Six Mississippi Artists will move on to a gallery space in Brooklyn’s DUMBO arts district in September. The show may also go to San Francisco eventually.

2 Comments so far

  1. Stacey (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 4:51 pm

    I want to see this – where is it?

  2. Richard Ault (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

    Thanks for pointing out the oversight/error Stacey, I’ve updated the post for Alicia while she is travelling. The show is at D.C. Fine Arts, 1726 Wisconsin Ave.

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