Piety & Prostitutes NOLA 5/13/17

The Southern Letter Press hosted Gutwrench Letter Press and il collettivo puttane- artists included Anthony Tavis, RockHell Art, Anne Sydney Taylor, Lori Watts and Daze. I look forward for more collaborations in the bywater!

I would also like to give a shout out to my Angel that showed up out of nowhere with his Tipitina’s t shirt, flippies, and baby seat in the back of his car that jumped me off from Lori’s Caddie!!!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Ann Sydney Taylor / The Bohannons

May First Friday was met with unseasonably cold weather! We were in the 50’s! Yet it didn’t stop the rock! Photographer Ann Sydney Taylor was on the wall with her show, “Resistance in the American Life,” and The Bohannons (who’s new album, Luminary Angel, is out this June) put up with terrible traffic as they drove in from Chattanooga to play First Friday! ❤❤❤

The Bohannons 

Ann Sydney’s show will be up for the month of May- View during store hours or by appointment 

Resistance in the American Life.

Ann Sydney has a gift of making herself comfortable in what could be considered as uncomfortable situations- her photographs consist of punk, rock n roll bands, street skaters, cowboys at rodeos- most places where you must be fully invested or you may get a kidney punch or ran over by a bull. It is her gift of catching the emotion at the right time with her camera lense that makes her photographs come to life. Ann Sydney also has the gift to turn everyday occasions into the mystical. So when I asked her if I could curate a show and she said yes I had to keep all my screams of excitement on the inside! 

“Resistance in the American Life” to me demonstrates what we take for granted everyday. Basic human rights that are now being challenged and taken away. When I hung the show I wanted it to tell two things- 1st- how the human experience is shared in common more than not much like the photo of the preacher working up his congregation to the punk singer screaming his sermon to his flock, 2nd- I wanted people to think about juxtapositions, such as the trans couple wedding photo near the straight couples wedding photo.  Or the photo of Ms. Mamie Brown Mason whose songs she wrote are and have been the soundtrack to the civil rights movement, her smile bright and gleeful next to the senior portrait of Katie who is also full of excitement as she is having her senior portrait made. You have a man in a black lives matter t shirt- fist raised surrounded by protesters who are giving him space, his face tells the story of his position in life right at the moment next to the singer of Black Willis, on the floor, shirtless, covered with sweat- surrounded closely by his on lookers. 

The crowd at the rodeo, the crowd at Talledega, the crowd at church. 

The story in these photos as hung is in the details/ the tension/ the laughter/ the angst/ the void or voids that we fill or ignore or protest against as Americans- my way of hanging the show is a form of protest to let people see how I see the world as is. We always have more in common than not- the human experience is just and we are all humans. We need to resist going backwards- we need to keep moving forward. The photo of the empty Cherokee Indian Reservation next to Joe Minter’s hand painted sign that says- I will go to jail to be free. 

Ann Sydney’s show will be on the wall for the month of May. The show is open to the public during store hours or by appointment. 

Pop Up at Century Girl NOLA with seven three distillery-  St.Roch Vodka April 14/15

On April 14 th Tre and I were treated to a private tour of the new seven three distillery! Tre kept laughing at me because I just kept gushing about how nice the place is and how kind everyone was! We used the delicious spirits to make Moscow mules at our Pop Up hosted by the fabulous Leah Blake at her shop Century Girl located on Magazine Street! Then sweet Amber made us Easter Dinner on Sunday❤