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PURSUIT OF PLEASURE

FEBRUARY - MARCH 2020


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Contents 3................About Local Light Ar ts 5.............................Alexa Holland 6..................................Alyse Firefly 8............................Jessie Chappois 10...............................Paula Tregre 11..............................Francis Wong 12.................................Patrick Lera 15................................Berr y Muniz 17......................Kenneth Johnston 20.................Benjamin Netter ville 21.........................Masy Chighizola 23.............................Rob Stephens 25.....................................Bill Ayers 26.........................Erakaterina Chu W W W. L O C A L L I G H TA R T S . C O M 2


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Welcome to Local Light Local Light is a studio and gallery that serves to empower and connect artists, creators, entrepreneurs and the community at large. Local Light’s mission is to nurture appreciation, participation and education of the arts. The gallery offers a diverse collection of fine art and handmade items from southeast Louisiana. We have open studio hours and workshop series diverse in medium and subject. Our storefront gallery and studio space makes up 2,000 ft2 of possibilities. We encourage collaboration and welcome facilitators to host seminars, workshops, and events. We are always looking for volunteers and sponsors to make this collaborative mission possible. Local Light exists in the intersections of art and community.

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P u r s u i t of Pleasure. Talent sourced from southeast Louisiana provides insight into a very personal yet universal topic - our Pursuit of Pleasure.

Creative Director Claire Pendergast. Executive Producer Natalia 5


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Alexa Holland “The piece entitled Virgin depicts a woman rejecting societal norms by distancing herself from her upbringing where she was often branded by her abstinence. As a close friend of mine, we shared many intimate conversations about the confusing role of sex in society and how her community tried to control her vision of it growing up. Her longing for intimacy and pleasure was constricted by thoughts ingrained in her head as a child. The Virgin is in sexual purgatory.”

Alexa Holland “Lips” Oil on canvas, 30”x40” $1,100

Alexa Holland “Lips” Oil on canvas, 30”x30” $500 7


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“This piece is about finding your personal power to manifest your dreams and to see the magic in the world around you. The white cockatoo symbolizes new beginnings and the chrysanthemums, joy and optimism. Alyse Firefly “Paisley Dreams” Oil on canvas print, 20”x40” $50

“My intention with “Mend” is to show the healing power of the earth or you could interpret it as the healing power of the divine feminine, or of emotional connections and touch. Orchid: expanding awareness Daisy: calmsupport peace of mind. Echinacea: higher self, wholeness, healing. Orchid: sensuality, enchantment.” Alyse Firefly “Mend” Oil on canvas print,, 20”x40” $50

“The peace represents Mother Earth’s wild and untamable yet nurturing nature and the sweetness of life. Bees symbolize fertility, creativity and the ability to bring ideas to fruition. Honeysuckle symbolizes sweetness and devotion.”

Alyse Firefly “Honey” Oil on canvas print,, 20”x40” $50

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Alyse Firefly

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” Emily Dickinson “Acceptance is the key to bliss. Accepting life’s darkness makes life’s everyday pleasuares all the more enjoyable. The marigolds symbolize grief, renewal and life force; the hummingbirds lightness of spirituality.” Alyse Firefly “Muse” Oil on canvas, 20”x40” $3,000

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Jessie Chappois “In our beds, in our rooms, we are free to be our most honest selves. Give in to the creeping background thoughts and exist in a dream world. These works celebrate the pleasure of effortlessness; soft warm indulgence. And sometimes staying there for too long.”

Jessie Chappois “Sanctuary” Oil on canvas, 16”x20” $360

Jessie Chappois “Flood” Print in 12”x15” frame $50 10


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Jessie Chappois

Jessie Chappois “Morning Person I” Print in 12”x15” frame $50

Jessie Chappois “Blind Fold” Print in 12”x15” frame $50

Jessie Chappois “Morning Person II” Print in 12”x15” frame $50 11


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Paula Tregre

Paula Tregre “The Light” Acrylic paint 30 x 30 $1,200

“Music always brings me pleasure and fills my soul! Many of my paintings are inspired by lyrics. This one was inspired by one of my favorite bands called Disturbed, and their song called “The Light”. The chorus goes “Sometimes darkness can show you the light…” which means that good things often come from a bad situation. You can always have hope for better days.”

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Francis Wong

“This piece represents the in-between time, between extreme pursuits of pleasure and the periods of calm afterwards that are just as pleasurable. Balance is key.created in my home studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.”

Francis Wong “From the outside looking in” Mixed media, 49” x 24” $480

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Patrick Lera

Patrick Lera “Nude” Silver gelatin print 13.5 x 13.5 $250

Patrick Lera “Sarah & Chase II” Silver gelatin print 10.5 x 11.5 $250 14


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Patrick Lera

Patrick Lera “David” Silver gelatin print 13.5 x 13.5 $250

“Within this triptych the pleasure is in pursuing the visual, metaphorical and psychological meaning in each image separately and as a whole.”

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Barr y Muniz

Barry Muniz St. Anne Drag Photograph, 22”x28” $275

Barry Muniz St. Anne Drag Photograph, 22”x28” $275

Barry Muniz St. Anne Drag Photograph, 22”x28” $275 16


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Barr y Muniz “This show is about transformation and what we don’t see behind the curtain. All of us metaphorically transform or wear a mask everyday before we present ourselves to the world. I found that drag performers do the same thing, but they transform themselves visually into another gender. What I thought was fascinating was the seriousness of them getting ready for a show. Backstage was very quiet and serious as they started putting on makeup, but once the transformation started, They became more gregarious and powerful as the journey of transformation was completed. I decided not to show the actual performances because anyone can see drag performers nowadays doing their shows. I chose to show the intimate moments backstage before presenting themselves to an audience.”

Barry Muniz St. Anne Drag Photograph, 22”x28” $275

Barry Muniz St. Anne Drag Photograph, 22”x28” $275

Barry Muniz St. Anne Drag Photograph, 22”x28” $275 17


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Kenneth Johnson “Is this part of the story of the little girl that lived down the lane or are these vignettes from the backstory of the Lady in the Radiator from the movie Eraserhead? Is it future or is it past? She is offering to return your soul, which is in the form of a small golden sphere. You should take it, for having a soul is a most pleasurable thing.” Kenneth Johnson “Between the Future and the Past” Limited Edition Print, 15.5”x12.5” $60

“She is Lucky Seven on the periodic table. In this portrait, she is frozen solid at below – 346 degrees F. Her hexagonal crystalline structure is beginning to show in her complexion. Nitrogen makes blue electric sparks when excited. She is a dedicated companion and forms a strong bond. She can be funny, have an acidic wit, but can also have an explosive temperment. For pleasurable relaxation, Nitrogen pursues Lithium as a companion. Things never get too heated, at least in a bad way, between them.”

Kenneth Johnson “Nitrogren” Limited edition print, 12”x15” $80

“The Goddesses of Spring are asking you to join in their celebration of the turning of the cosmic wheel. Go ahead, become part of the festival! It will be most pleasurable!” Kenneth Johnson “Vernal Equinox Limited edition print, 15.5”x12.5” $60 18


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Kenneth Johnson “This is an object of strange desires, a creature previously unseen. Statues have been erected in her honor, and those who have heard her dissonant songs have attempted to duplicate her voice by attaching alligator clips to the strings of electric guitars. She is invoked by misguided sorcerers with the intention of convincing her to assist in enacting their most secret fantasies. However, she is not of this, or any other reality, and is not where she is.” Kenneth Johnson “Yella Salmon Ella” Limited edition print, 12”x15” $80

Kenneth Johnson “Look How Happy They Are” Limited edition print, 14”x14” $80

“These two have finally found each other. Sure, they have had their ups and downs (see: Look How Serious They Are, Look How Angry They Are) but nothing that couldn’t be resolved.”

Kenneth Johnson “The Goddess Flora” Limited edition print, 12”x15” $40

“The Roman Festival Floralia in honor of the Goddess of Flowers and Fertility was held at the end of April. The Festival had a licentious, pleasure seeking atmosphere.” 19


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Kenneth Johnson “St. Claire, one of the most revered figures of the Horsehead Point Culture, is pursuing tramsfiguration – the transformation through a complex and poorly understood surgical procedure into a non human life form. Since her childhood, she has been fascinated by the colonists from offworld, and absorbed all that she could about the race of starfish headed beings that were instrumental in preserving the human race from The Great C a t a s t r o p h e . Her pursuit for transfiguration has brought her to the event illustrated here, where she is waiting for the verdict concerning her request. Will they grant her wish?” Kenneth Johnson “St. Claire Waits on a Pedestal While Starfish Headed Beings Debate Her Request For Transfiguration” Limited edition photographic print, 14”x17.5” $80

“What does it mean, Never Returning? Who? Him? Her? What the hell is that? A spaceship? Is that what is never returning? Or are they leaving on it and never coming back. Are they saying hello or goodbye? Why is this in black and white? Hmm. Maybe it’s an intellectual or emotional thing that is never returning. Like ignorance, or loneliness.” Kenneth Johnson “Never Returning” Limited Edition Print, 12”x15” $60

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Benjamin Netter ville “As a Southern Louisiana artist, I have not always been drawn into the imagery of my home state. However, after living away for the better part of a decade (on and off), I would take in the scenery surrounding my “homecoming’s” and realize how hauntingly imperfect, yet beautifully resilient our place in the world can be. I often choose the locational imagery within my work as vehicle of familiarity. Here, Bourbon Street was photographed as a very tangible, ever present, yet familiar location. From there, I scoured old photographs of Second Line Musicians no longer with us. By mixing reality with a “fantastic” past, I bridge what has been, what is, and what will be (the sunshine through the storm clouds), leaving the viewer with a sense of melancholy and hope. My hope is to leave the viewer with calming strength, a feeling of serenity, and a sense of belonging to such an amazing place in the world...my home.”

Benjamin Netterville “Nous Sommes Toujours Lá (We are Still Here)” Linoleum Print, 31”x40” $400

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Masy Chighizola “With a love for meticulous detail, my designs are influenced by decorative art, textiles, and a gumbo of my culture’s elements. My specialty is linoleum relief printmaking. All of my designs are created from a manual process called block printing. The drawing starts on paper, gets transferred to a linoleum block, carved out with carving tools, inked up, then cranked through an etching press by hand. I also use the carved blocks to print on clothing, housewares, and accessories to bring my art into everyday life. Each printed piece has slight variation, reflecting the beauty and unique hand printed quality of relief printmaking. All work is created in my home studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana”.

Masy Chighizola “The Cat’s Meow” Reduction linocut, 11”x14” $90.

Masy Chighizola “Boquet” Linocut, 14”x18” $85

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Masy Chighizola “Risque Nesting Dolls”” Linocut, 10”x13” $45

Masy Chighizola “Prized Oyster” Reduction Linocut, 8”x8” $90

Masy Chighizola “Eat Your Veggies” Linocut, 12”x12” $50

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Masy Chighizola “Euphoric” Linocut, 18”x24” $195 24


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Masy Chighizola “Balcony” Linocut, 11”x14” $150

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Rob Stephens “I have been painting and drawing big cities for a long time, and often doodle them when I am not thinking of anything in particular, or don’t know what to draw. It is just a natural and comfortable subject for my hands to draw. I like the cartoonish idea that big cities are uncharted territories, hopeful opportunities teeming with adventure to be discovered. They were dangerous and unpredictable. I would always imagine rampaging through the city like Gozilla and the incredible freedom that would feel like. Being anonymous. Being a blank slate. This painting is about that feeling of anticipation in approaching the city. Growing up I moved around a lot. I gradually got used to the feeling of living one life and starting another. I would let go of friends, habits, settings almost every year or two. I sort of didn’t like it, but at the same time I also liked the idea of starting again.” Rob Stephens “On The Town” Multimedia, 18”x24” $200

“The utopia of a new supermarket opening with it’s products displayed purposely, waiting, like totems arranged on a shrine - each having it’s specific place. Rows, lines and grids of jars, boxes, packages, all bright, new, untouched, pristine as if photographs in a museum. I remember the intensity of the tide bottles, the glowing artificial reds of Maraschino cherries. Everything seemed perfect, no greasy fingerprints no kool aid mouthed kids , Everything seemed to promise the solution to a problem, a problem I couldn’t quite articulate” Rob Stephens “The New Piggly Wiggly” Multimedia, 16”x16 “ $100 26


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Rob Stephens “The idea of talking to someone you didn’t know , living in a far off location was novel and a little scary, like playing with an ouiji board. Throwing your comment out and wondering what would emerge from the inky depths of the web. I had a vague feeling that everyone I was talking to in the AOL chatrooms was most likely sexually perverse, or seedy in some way. This was a source of excitement and a little dread. It was thrilling. It seemed risky and clandestine . I was venturing out into a tawdry world cloaked in the safety of invisibility. Who was I talking to ? I would imagine a dangerous world teeming with a wide variety of weirdos, in urban and rural environments. I would find myself drawn to it the same way you could be drawn to chanting bloody mary into a mirror at midnight. Now a days people respond to social media comments immediately , not giving a second thought about who or what is responding. I use google to check facts in mid conversation, look up movie details, check my spelling... but seldom wonder what sort of depraved freak is on the other side correcting my spelling. The nervous precariousness about listening to these distant voices has been numbed into being mundane and every day. Like school shootings, or climate change disasters, it unfortunately has become routine and part of the wall paper of the world.”

Rob Stephens “There’s This Thing Called the Internet” Multimedia, 12”x12” $65, $110 for two.

Rob Stephens “There’s This Thing Called the Internet” Multimedia, 12”x12” $65, $110 for two. 27


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Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers “Mumbo Jumbo” Scrap Metal $200

Bill Ayers “You Naughty Girl You” Scrap Metal $600

“I pretty much came into the art world by the back door. I’ve never had formal training and don’t know any of the jargon and am not too interested in learning it. I simply love doing it and that is quite enough for me. I bought a welding machine 52 years ago and taught myself to weld. I still use that same machine to weld, it just won’t break! One day I put a number of pieces of scrap metal form my “pile of scrap treasures” onto a large table and played with them for a while until I liked how they looked. I then welded them up and when I had finished I stood it up and looked at it-busted up laughing--and said “I like that”. I still do like it and will keep doing it until it stops being fun or I don’t like it anymore. Of course I hope that never happens.” 28

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Ekaterina Chu

“We are not always as strange inside as we seem outside and vise versa.” “Will you love me?” Acryclic paint on canvas 7”x11” $50

“You never know who will unleash your cupid hidden in the night New Orleans streets. It’s enough to accidentally touch its glass prison with the toe of your boot.” New Orleans Secret Magic Acryclic paint on canvas 7”x11” $50

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