Art Talk Monday

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council and 102 A Bistro will be featuring the work of local artists Henry McCoy and Tym Toussaint. An opening reception for their show, “Translating Chaos,” will be held on March 7th from 5-7 pm.

Henry McCoy graduated in 2007 with his Bachelor of Visual Arts in photography from Southeastern Louisiana University. Beginning his career in 2005 in event photojournalism, Henry was able to quickly establish his own style for his artwork. McCoy and his wife soon moved back to Ruston and opened Fine Line Art Supply and Print lab. When asked about his most recent work, McCoy explains, “Working as a photojournalist over the past few years, abstract photography is a way for me to clear my mind and refresh.  The source of the subject is familiar in varying degrees to practically everyone.  It is ever changing and seemingly without control.  The source conjures feelings of stress for myself.  Photographing it provides me the ability to freeze that stress and beautify it.   The source conjures feelings of stress for myself. Photographing it provides me the ability to freeze that stress and beautify it. ”

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tym Toussaint pursued many areas of interest including football, coaching, music and cars. In 2005 however, his life was changed when Hurricane Katrina forced his family to relocate. From this tragedy, Tym gained the inspiration for his work. Having received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in photography from Louisiana Tech University in 2011, Toussaint is now opening up about how the events in his life led him in a whole new direction.  Toussaint describes the intimacy of his work by saying, “ My work is a reflection of a huge disaster that occurred in my life, Hurricane Katrina. I have avoided this topic for a long time, but I finally feel it’s time to express myself in my artwork through the use of different symbols of hurricanes or storms; like clouds, water, rocks, levees, boats, and sandbags, and compositing them together to make images that represent my story of the hurricane and the aftermath.

The work of both artists is bold and endearing.  They make use of deep blacks, used as voided space or silhouettes of figurative gestures. In McCoy’s work with light, the motion and colors that are created draw the eye deeper into the image. When describing the genuineness of each piece, McCoy says, “Freeing myself from the somewhat scientific calculations used to create the majority of my photography, I am able to manipulate the way in which my camera, and consequently the viewer, perceives the subject.  By moving the camera in a confined manner throughout the exposure, I am able to bend the light during its travel thereby creating a unique portrait of light.  This uniqueness evolves even more as I explore different locations to capture the subject of light.”

Symbols used in Toussaint’s images represent his “emotions and reactions to Katrina.” He further explains, “ The symbols and the gestures

combine to form memories of places, events, and times before and after Katrina; images that define my life.” In combining his memories from before the disaster to his experiences after, Toussaint creates a window into his world. The works McCoy and Toussaint combined both illustrate moments in time, whether the moment was created with light and captured with a camera, or created by a natural disaster and captured in the mind of the artist himself.

NCLAC and 102 a Bistro invite you to join us for wine and appetizers on March 7, 2012 from 5-7 to view the artist’s work. The pieces will be on display at 102 a Bistro until May 1st.