Author Archives: Aurora

A Reminder – Come See Our New Website

Just a quick reminder for you all – this page will come down in a few weeks and we’ll be at our new address exclusively.

Maybe you’ve seen it, but we have a new and improved website, and we’re now blogging over there. It’s pretty cool, because you can see not only our latest blog posts, but everything new that’s happening on our site AND in our spaces right there on the front page. We’re kind of smitten. Please check it out, and for continued blog reading, mark http://blog.fairfolksandagoat.com/ in your bookmarks! It will be the same stuff you’ve come to know and love, plus some.

See you over there!

The Team at Fair Folks & a Goat

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Blogging From a New Address

Hey there folks. Maybe you’ve seen it, but we have a new and improved website, and we’re now blogging over there. It’s pretty cool, because you can see not only our latest blog posts, but everything new that’s happening on our site AND in our spaces right there on the front page. We’re kind of smitten. Please check it out, and for continued blog reading, mark http://blog.fairfolksandagoat.com/ in your bookmarks! It will be the same stuff you’ve come to know and love, plus some.

See you over there!

Aurora and Anthony and Amy

She’s Got That Joie de Vivre – Ashley Longshore Interview

It’s been a little while since we’ve done an artist interview, and I’m happy to resume posting these with New Orleans-based designer and artist Ashley Longshore’s! Hers is as detailed and full of energy as they come, and when you take a look at her work, it makes perfect and utter sense. Her paintings are highly detailed studies of everything colorful, fun and out-there in life. Her furniture design work, which is what we are lucky enough to have in our New Orleans location, is equally irreverent, with familiar shapes and traditional quality detailing, but in the craziest colors and rendered through the lens of her colorful life. In our parlor room sits her “Time Out” chair, in a sparkling turquoise vinyl with red accents. It demands attention and yet seems to go with just about anything we place or hang next to it without argument. If you’re interested in this piece, simply give us a call or shoot us an email.

Photo by Ann Madden Photography

What’s inspiring your work these days?

I recently spent a month in Maui where I filmed an underwater short film for an event I did at The CAC in New Orleans. I used stills from the film and painted a series of Underwater pieces. I am really inspired by reflections in the water. I cant stop painting this water series! I am posting new images everyday on my website www.ashleylongshore.com. I post videos, paintings, new chair designs every other day. Its my life journal.

I am really in this whole adventure phase in my career. My dream has always been to travel to different places for a month or so at a time and create new collections. My next big adventure will be this September. I am going to be living in Holland for a month and creating a new collection. At the end of the month I am having an opening in the Hague. It’s really a dream! Who knows what will inspire  me there!

Have you seen your work in new contexts, used in ways you hadn’t imagined for it?

I have a pretty out of control imagination. I feel that my paintings, chairs and performance art are very directed in the context that they are presented.  Now, how the viewer absorbs my madness?? God only knows?  The performance art always has interesting twists and turns. Here is a link to one of my videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucREJtY24ZU

Does your material usually come before form or form before material?

I see images in my mind and then create them EXACTLY as I envisioned them.

How about function before form or form before function?

The creative process is much more of a feeling than a process for me. I don’t think of my art in terms of form or function. It is what it is. I have an idea and I go for it.

What is your greatest challenge as a designer?

Honestly the challenges are about keeping myself amused. That always shines through in my work. I really like to create conversation pieces and I only like to paint what really humors me. Like this one below. I call it “Elton Johns Junk Drawer” I was laughing hysterically while I was painting this! Now its in a show in Miami. I cant wait to see who buys it.

If you could collaborate with any artist living or dead, who would it be?

Jesus! This is a hard question. I would want to paint with Picasso for the day. Make a movie with Wes Anderson and Design furniture with Andy Warhol. Then I would want to take a nap with Francesco Clemente and have dinner with Alice Neel. Then I would want to go to an after party with Terry Richardson.

What is the quality you are most attracted to in art or design?

I love originality. There is so much repetitive crap out there. It’s amazing when you see something really unique that inspires new thoughts. That is so exciting when it happens! It’s really rare. Fortunately, living in a city like New Orleans I am constantly inspired by music, art, food, creative people. It’s an amazing place to live. As I mentioned I like things that inspire conversation.

What is your most prized possession?

Hmmmmm. I really try not to let “stuff” define me. Its really hard living in America to do that. Now that my career is really taking off, it is VERY clear what is most important. It ain’t cars, jewelry and fancy hotel suites.  The most important thing  that I have is the love of my life, Michael Smith. He makes every day wonderful.

But I also have a massive problem with buying HUGE cocktail rings! I am obsessed with my favorite ring designer PITANGO! He is in Soho. I am weak every time I get around his pieces. I could go broke buying them.

And finally, a picture of where Ashley feels most in her element.

I feel most in my element in my studio painting and meeting clients. This is a picture of me and Blake Lively. She is a big collector of my work. When she was filming in New Orleans she stopped by my studio regularly. She is quite the art collector. I love that I can meet the people that love my work! Clients come in and hang out with me. We have a glass of wine and listen to music while I am at the easel. I have a hard time getting away from that.

Thank you Ashley for a great interview!

Until next time,

Aurora

Short Post About a Short Film

I didn’t watch the Oscars this year. I would be interested perhaps, but, then, I haven’t seen a single one of the films nominated, thus I don’t have the patience. It would essentially all be Greek to me.

But, I just saw this post over on Joanna’s blog about a short that won Sunday night, and it totally tickled my fancy. I’d watch this. And, it’s even showing in theaters!

Reminds me of some of the little things I’ve loved in so many classic films, all packed into 18 minutes.

Until next time,

Aurora

Wishful Thinking

Just last week, life for me was all chicory and beignets, short sleeved shirts, leisurely walking and kind-folk talking, strewn with beads and covered in purple-yellow-green glitter sprinkles. My trip to New Orleans saw me at Tim Cavnar’s opening reception at the start (pictures can be seen on Facebook) and ended on a sweet note with Luke Winslow King and lovely Esther Rose crooning in the courtyard.

Being back in New York is a bit like a slap in the face, what with the fresh blanket of snow we got on Sunday night.

Right? Easy to sympathize when you consider that contrast. Until it warms up a bit in the North, I’m just going to hibernate and work on my Mardi Gras costume inside (uh, anyone want to feed me some ideas? I’m a little lost on that front), while thinking happy thoughts of Springtime sun (and more king cake).

Until next time,

Aurora

Posing “The Questions” to Timothy Cavnar

We have just been installing a new exhibition of paintings in the New Orleans space that we are so very excited about. They are by Timothy Cavnar, a new to New Orleans artist. Anthony and I went for a studio visit a few months ago and were instantly blown away by the beauty of these works. Mostly they are large canvases, beautiful florals cascading across them in large sweeping swaths, yet somehow the hand is so delicate they nearly straddle the line between fine art and poetry. It is not only the floral color palette that makes them so appealing, but the incredible use of the white space of the canvas, the sense of gravity (or sometimes the staunch rejection of gravity) in each piece, and moreover, the gravity of the subject matter. With the cycle of life an inevitability, each piece seems a tribute to a winged or hoofed life gone, a portrait of a being going into a new state, and an acknowledgement that time goes on, all in one. Suffice to say I would love to have either one of Tim’s smaller watercolors or large canvases in my own home (perhaps one day!), but until then, I’m going to count myself lucky to work among them while they’re hanging in our space.

Of course, being such a fan, I’d ask Tim the series of questions we’ve been featuring. A chance to get a look at the thought and process behind much-loved work is always a treat:

What’s inspiring your work these days?

Right now I’m about to start a new series of work which is inspired by the city of New Orleans. I’ve lived in a lot of cities, but find this one visually and conceptually exciting in a way I haven’t experienced before. There are so many strange landscapes here, from overgrown lots next to candy colored houses to highway overpasses twisting through the city and skimming over swamps. An epic battle against nature is on display everywhere, and in many places here nature is clearly winning. It’s those forgotten scenes we see everyday that I’m interested in exploring.

Have you seen your work in new contexts, used or seen in ways you hadn’t imagined for it?

Since this work is so simple and straight forward, taking it out of context is difficult. In retrospect though, I should have anticipated all the Bambi jokes. I had never even considered that issue when I started painting dead deer.



Does your material usually come before form or form before material? How about function before form or form before function?

Form is certainly the biggest concern in these pieces. They are all attempts at creating a singular image that can be viewed independent of its process. While materials and function all relate to creating a piece, its final appearance is always my foremost concern.

What is your greatest challenge as an artist? Most joyful challenge?

Though making work is stressful, it’s by far the most enjoyable part of being an artist. For me the greatest challenge is all the things an artist has to do outside of creating art. Galleries, buyers, marketing, grants and applications, the actual work of having a career, those are the things that keep me up at night.

If you could collaborate with any artist living or dead, who would it be?

Marina Abramovic

What is the quality you are most attracted to in art or design?

I’m a sucker for beauty in art. It’s not necessarily always my favorite quality, but it’s certainly one I consistently find appealing.

What is your most prized possession?

Tough question. I’ve moved around a lot, so at some point almost every object that had any value (sentimental or financial) was either put on the curb or stored in someone’s basement and forgotten. The one item I value most is probably my computer, not so much the physical machine, but the data that’s stored on it. The record of everything I’ve done is probably more important that anything I own.

To wrap this up, want to wax poetic for a bit about whatever strikes you? I know you’re working on a pretty cool project right now…

Yes, the most exciting thing that’s happening right now is creating my studio space. I was lucky enough to fall in with two other guys who are building out a large warehouse in New Orleans. When we first took over the space it was completely bare, but things are slowly starting to take shape. I’m certainly not in charge of the operation, but in the end we’ll have a multi-purpose shop offering everything from custom furniture to design services to band recording. My studio is already housed inside the shop.

The whole plan is the kind of large scale project that everyone I’ve known has always wanted to be involved in, but never had the time or money. New Orleans really makes it possible by being far more affordable than larger cities like New York or San Francisco. The hustle just to afford the cost of living isn’t as much of a concern here, allowing resources to be allocated in far better ways. Though the scene is certainly smaller here, it’s also more accessible and fun than anywhere else.

Thanks to Tim for this peek at his creative process. His studio space really is the stuff that people dream of – so much space and potential for new things to develop.

Please join us for Timothy’s opening reception of his solo show “Permanence” on Friday from 7-10. If you can’t make it, visit any time during our open hours, or come to one of our other events.

Until next time,

Aurora

Small Talk; Happy Talk Keep Talkin’ Happy Talk

Some of these very cold days inspire major hibernating urges, and until the mercury rises and jackets are worn more for decoration than out of desperation, we’re all trying to busy ourselves indoors. I can usually find ways to feel busy, truly busy, with no time for fun and games. Truth is, all work is fun and fun is work these days, one and the same, I’d rather be working, that kind of thing.

But, I’m thinking I need to go see a movie one of these days. It’s one of those things people do. Then, after having seen it, they talk about it. Movie viewing can be great fodder for small talk, or the stuff of deep discussions and cultural analysis.

It can also add to your ‘library’ of inspiration, and y’all have to know how I feel about inspiration if you’ve been reading for any length of time. My personal film library is rather tiny. The need for one, physically, isn’t so pressing these days as movies stream into your home at the click of a button. But I have a few that I’ve either watched over and over again until they are but shreds of DVDs or that I watched once, purchased to add to the library, and set daintily upon a gold-leafed bone inlaid pedestal for idolization.

My library includes (but is not limited to) Me and You and Everyone We Know (which I think can do no wrong but I know there are the Miranda July naysayers); Amelie (overdone by this time?); The Snowman (an amaaaaazing animated holiday film from my childhood with only classical music for audio); The Saddest Music in the World (wonderfully bizarre); Ghost World (one that I could watch over and over and over again); and some little gems like… ahem… Bridget Jones’s Diary and Legally Blonde (why do I bother admitting this!? Full disclosure for you folks). I’d love to add Dead Man and Orlando to my array of fancy DVDs on Pedestals, but I can’t justify it when the pedestals are so expensive and I’m saving up for a nifty camera. Plus, Netflix.

Allll of this to say, I’m thinking when I go to the theatre, probably this weekend, I’m thinking I’ll see Blue Valentine. Michelle Williams is very special to me because she and I used to share a block in Brooklyn, and before that she and I used to share an hour or so together each week when I watched her on Dawson’s Creek in high school. Are those not sound reasons for seeing a film?

Do you have time for a little small talk? What movies have you seen recently? Were they good?

Until next time,

Aurora