Alex Podesta
 

I was born in North Carolina and got taller in Virginia. As an adult, I became a life-long child of New Orleans. My more formative artistic study took place at the Governor’s Magnet School for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of New Orleans, where I earned an MFA.

In all of my recent work I have culled the rich fantasies, daydreams, misconceptions and experiences of childhood and re-contextualized them through the filters of adulthood, experience and education. This effort has been made in an attempt to plumb the depths of the creative and comprehensive naiveté of youth; to illustrate, in engaging and serio-comic ways, the role of fantasy, “othering” and conflict in nascent self-awareness; and, through the time honored tradition of solipsistic navel gazing, to pick gently at the loose thread of wistful escapism inherent in a quiet, down hill slide into maturity.

The central character in my works is usually found lost in a reverie of industriousness, paired with doppelganger or other machinations of his childish imagination. In concert, these figures toil at understanding, through experimentation or illustration, existential perplexities ranging from possibly surmountable commonplaces – e.g. What is loneliness and how is it combated? – To metaphysical impossibilities – e.g. Who is this god dude? And is he a hero? Like Superman? Or soldiers? Or knights on horseback? And what does hero mean anyway? Of course, no traction will really ever be gained with these pursuits. These boys and toys and bunny/man chimera will be forever locked in the Sisyphean toil of misapplication, miscomprehension and misunderstanding.

Solo Exhibitions:

2015

  • Distractions & Follies: New Finished Works in Progress — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition  — One year, site-specific installation, Juried by Willie Cole. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University  (Auburn, AL)
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  • Tender Age: Works by Joy Christiansen Erb and Alex Podesta — Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Broward College (Davie, FL)
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2013

  • Jumper — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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2012

  • Mostlymades: Finished Works in Progress — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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  • I vs. I (Tanner Stage II) — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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2011

  • BOYS/BUNNIES/SINGLES/DOUBLES — Isaac Delgado Gallery of Fine Arts (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Victory: a Multi-Part Paean to the Just and Right Hegemony of All Good Creatures Over the Wicked Unicorn Menace — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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2010

  • Alex Podesta: Collages — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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2008

  • City Watch — two-year outdoor installation, Falstaff building roof (New Orleans, LA)
  • Bunnies, Barbies and Beasties — Curated by Andy Antippas. Barrister's Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
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2007

  • Copies and Doubles — Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
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  • MirrorMirror — University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery (New Orleans, LA)

2002

  • Corporal Works + Self-Reality — Project (Witchita, KS)

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016

  • Self-Portrait as Bunnies (Idol) @ Makeshift Innaugural — Makeshift Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
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  • NOLA Conceptual — Curated by John Isaiah Walton (New Orleans, LA)
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  • The Front Takes Charm City — Curated by Brooke Pickett and Alex Podesta. Open Spaces Artist Run Art Fair at Artscape (Baltimore, MD)
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  • Moleskin Mailer Collaboration  — Tempus Projects (Tampa, FL)
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  • Shift Change — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Megalomania 4: A New Hope — Boyd Satellite (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Carry On (Part Two) — Feral (Mexico City, Mexico)
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  • Carry On (Part One) — Breve (Mexico City, Mexico)
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2015

  • PhotoNola:2015 - Means, Motive, Opportunity — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Outside Influence — Treo Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Scope Miami, 2015 — Untitled Projects (Miami Beach, FL)
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  • Louisiana Contemporary  — Curated by Brooke Davis Anderson. Ogden Museum of Southern Art  (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Straight Shot — Curated by Brooke Pickett and Jamie Sollock. MASS Gallery (Austin, TX)
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  • 60 Americans — Curated by Noah Becker, Terrence Sanders & Alexander Venet. Elga Zimmer Gallery (New York, NY)
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  • ArtFields 2015 — R.O.B. (Lake City, SC)
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2014

  • REPARATION: Contemporary Artists from New Orleans — Curated by Diego Cortez. New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Prospect.3+ — Curated by Karen Crain. The Parlor (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Back to The Front — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Artprize 2014 — Curated by The Arts Council of New Orleans. Floating Installation. Grand River. (Grand Rapids, MI)
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  • True Colors — Curated by Holis Hannan. Antenna Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Aesthetic Affairs — Curated by Emily Lovejoy. Inner Recess. (New Orleans, LA)
  • Back of Town — Curated by Hannah Wiessner. Treo Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
  • The Front in Tokyo — Art Lab Akiba & Makii Masaru Fine Arts (Tokyo, Japan)
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  • Alumni Exhibition - Alex Podesta, Nina Schwanse, Monica Zeringue — Curated by Rebecca Reynolds. UNO St. Claude Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Year in Review 2013 — See.Me Exhibition Space (Long Island City, NY)
  • Face Time — Curated by Brian Guidry and Mary Beyt. Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA)
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  • CSA: 40 Years of Community-Sourced Art — Curated by Laura Roulet. Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA)
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  • 18 & Life — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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2013

  • Scope, Miami: 2013 - Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series — South Miami Beach Oceanfront (Miami Beach, FL)
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  • Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series - Art for Art's Sake — L'entrepot (New Orleans, LA)
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  • RWE1: The Front at Auburn University — Curated by Morgana King. Biggin Gallery, Auburn University. (Auburn, AL)
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  • Presence — Curated by Emily Lovejoy. The Big Top. (New Orleans, LA)
  • The Front: Union, Justice, Confidence — Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA)
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  • Scope, New York: 2013 — Skylight at Moynihan Station at New York Post Office (New York City, NY)
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2012

  • New Lease — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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  • (e)merge — 2nd Annual (e)merge Art Fair. Capitol Skyline Hotel. (Washington, DC)
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  • Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) — Curated by Laura Richens. Carroll Gallery, Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
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  • The Front at UAB — Curated by John Fields. University of Alabama, Birmingham. (Birmingham, AL)
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  • Louisiana Contemporary — Curated by Rene Barilleaux. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA)
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  • NOLANOW: The Human Figure — Curated by Don Marshall. Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Southern Open 2012 — Curated by Rene Barilleaux. Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA)
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  • Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children — Curated by Amy Mackie. Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Everything All at Once — Antenna Gallery (New Orleans, LA)

2011

  • Chain Letter — Curated by Christian Cummings and Doug Harvey. Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
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  • Love, The Front — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Drop City: The Front vs. Team Lump — LUMP (Raleigh, NC)
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2010

  • Black Gold — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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  • EMERGE: St. Claude Arts District and Beyond: 41 New Orleans Artists from The Saratoga Collection — Curated by Terrence Sanders and David Houston. Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Prospect.1.5: Everyday Hybrid — Curated by Dan Cameron. Isaac Delgado Gallery of Fine Arts (New Orleans, LA)
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  • Postcards from New Orleans — Curated by Christopher Saucedo. The Front (New Orleans, LA)
  • Postcards from New Orleans — Curated by Christopher Saucedo. Galerie im Andechshof (Innsbruck, Austria)
  • ReFresh — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
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2009

  • Two Eyes, a Nose and a Mouth — Curated by Christopher Saucedo. UNO Saint Claude Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
  • Postcards From the CAC — Curated by Dan Cameron. Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)

2008

  • St. Claude Collective: a Prospect.1 Satellite Exhibition — Curated by Andy Antippas. Universal Furniture (New Orleans, LA)
  • Bizer, Fields, Jones, Podesta — Curated by Arthur Roger. Arthur Roger Gallery (New Orleans, LA)

2007

  • FabricFashionFantasy — Curated by Clayton Colvin. Space 301 (Mobile, AL)
  • Podesta, Fields, Zeringue — Galerie im Andechshof (Innsbruck, Austria)
  • It’s OK to Hang Out — University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery (New Orleans, LA)

2006

  • Atypical Portraiture — Curated by Dan Tague. Barrister’s Gallery (New Orleans, LA)

2004

  • Works in Progress — University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery (New Orleans, LA)

2001

  • Senior Thesis Show — University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
  • Group Show — The Mermaid (New Orleans, LA)

2000

  • Tiny Works for the Ages — Project (Wichita, KS)
  • Relationship of Body and Self — Cooper Street Gallery (Memphis, TN)

1999

  • Tiny Works Little Licks — Project (Wichita, KS)

1998

  • No Dead Artists — Curated by Jonathan Ferrara. Positive Space (New Orleans, LA)

1995

  • Group Show — Curated by Jody Crotts. Bicycle Gallery (Richmond, VA)

Awards/Residencies/Lectures:

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