St. Claude Arts District Events
- Steve Soltis – “Recent Works & Bad Inventions”
- Sat Jun 9, 2012 - Sat Jun 23, 2012 6 PM - 9 PM
- Black Sheep Acres - New Orleans
- Second Saturday Openings & Events
While on a retreat and working at Black Sheep Acres in Magnolia, Mississippi, Steve Soltis began to collect turn-of-the-century tools and found objects, gathered from a barn on-site. Assembled into off-kilter, absurdist inventions, these objects stand at the ready, eager to ensnare their user into injury, guffaws, and head scratching. The illusion of use wanes with inspection, begetting a sense of danger and comedy…visions of oneself trying to drive a nail with a spring necked hammer – or – to pitch hay with a chain handled pitchfork illustrate the tongue-in-cheek conceptual notion of Soltis’ sculptures.
The paintings work as companions to the artist’s found object assemblages. Hanging amidst wood and rusted metal objects, these oil on canvas works provide both conceptual dimension and express the artist’s intention while at Black Sheep Acres. Soltis’ earth-toned oil paintings depict bar patrons, passed relatives, Cherokee ghosts, and self-portraits expressing both the artist’s psyche and evoking a universal sense of nostalgia. The quietude of Black Sheep Acres has allowed Soltis to flourish, and the works made during his residency express the maturity and humor of this mid-career artist.
Soltis has exhibited in countries across the globe, featuring solo exhibitions in Germany, Greece, Spain, and the United States, among others.
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 9th, 6PM – 9PM
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 23rd, 6PM – 9 PM
All other hours by appointment @ (504) 215-5135
- Black Sheep Acres - Website
- 2448 North Villere Street
- New Orleans
BLACK SHEEP ACRES CONTACT:
4018 Muddy Springs Road
Magnolia, Mississippi 39652
Telephone: (512) 626-3653
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