Michel Varisco at Octavia Art Gallery

December 4, 2010 - January 8, 2011
Octavia Art Gallery
4532 Magazine Street
Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm

Nature and technology have never really hit it off, perhaps because it is a universal human folly to believe that if enough technology is applied to any situation, nature can be brought under control.

The five Louisiana artists in this exhibition express through their work some of the implications of this deep-seated conflict. Michel Varisco is one of these artists.

Michel Varisco is a native New Orleans artist.  Her work explores loss and regeneration in both urban and rural settings. She exhibits around the country and is represented by Richter Gallery in Nashville and Heriard-Cimino Gallery in New Orleans.  She has received grants from The Cultural Economy Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts and fellowships from the LDOA and the SURDNA Foundation.  She received her MFA from Tulane University and teaches at NOCCA|Riverfront.  Varisco’s work has been published in Adbusters, USA Today, Common Ground Archeology, Cultural Vistas, among others, and is included in public and private collections in the US and abroad.  Most recently, she has received a public arts commission from the Arts Council of New Orleans on behalf of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, which was completed for the Prospect.1 Biennial and on loan to the City of New Orleans until 2010.

1995 Masters of Fine Arts- Tulane University
1990 Bachelors of Arts- Loyola University
1989 UGA Studies abroad in Cortona, Italy
1991 LaCoste School of Art, through the Cleveland Art Institute, LaCoste, France

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2007 Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2005 Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, Hammond, LA
2004 Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2003 Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Group Exhibitions

“Shoot’n Southern, Women Photographers Past and Present,” Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
“Transitive Geographies: Contemporary Visions of an Evolving South, Georgia College and State University’s GCSU Museum, Milledgeville, GA
“The Vestiges Projects Presents: LAND MARKS,” The Opal Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Southern Open”, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA
“Land Marks”, Opal Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Muses” Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2008 “Loss. Ritual. Relic. Residue: The Archive”, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, New Orleans, LA
“Odd Works” juror David Rubin,The New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, LA
“Sanctuary” SohoPhoto Gallery, New York, NY
Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN