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Sean Yseult Retrospective at Sacred Gallery

L'Oiseau
L’Oiseau (The Bird) Tableau Photo By Sean Yseult (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Musician Sean Yseult hasn’t exactly been sitting around idle since she hung up her bass with White Zombie. Splitting her time between homes in New Orleans and Manhattan, Yseult not only stays involved in music but she is also a successful fashion designer and multi-media artist with a wide ranging expertise in photography. Three of Yseult photographic projects are on display now in a retrospective hosted by Sacred Gallery.

The Feast
The Feast

Sean’s most recent works are part of the series Soiree D’Evolution: Tableau Vivants et Nature Mortes, in which she presents a series of Living Pictures documenting the soiree of a historically inspired secret society set in a lavish Garden District mansion, circa 1873. Each print is a storyboard for a narrative of murder, mayhem, and excess in which The Omniscient Oracles of the Occult revel in the decay and decadence of celebration for the Greek philosopher and Deteriorationist, Hesiod.

Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony

Each four by six foot print exhibits an intimate knowledge of New Orleans’ history and flirtations with the romantic occult. Though inspired by a mix of the large scale, black backgrounds, and grisly depictions of the 17th century Dutch Masters and the high society culture of 19th century New Orleans, Soiree D’Evolution is firmly rooted in the present through its use of macabre humor and vibrant colors.

The King is Dead
The King is Dead, Long Live The King

Mississippi Mermaids Installation View
Mississippi Mermaids, Installation View

The 2013 photographic series, Mississippi Mermaids was inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of collecting treasures from the remote coastal islands of North Carolina with her father. The most valued treasure were the blue, barnacle-covered glass bottles that washed ashore.

Mississippi Mermaid

The standard message cast adrift in a bottle has been here replaced by lovely ladies, some resting, some daydreaming, some slightly troubled or even annoyed, but all of whom have themselves become the treasure, the message, the story sent floating through waves.

Mississippi Mermaid

Yseult shot each photograph in black and white before toning each image in cyan – this transformation itself inspired by her time studying photography at Parsons when she would spend many hours toning photographs as cyanotypes. Each image of this series is printed on silver paper which further accentuates the imagery of water that carries each bottle.

Mississippi Mermaid

Sex Death Rock and Roll

Finally, Sex & Death & Rock N Roll (2012) showcases what Yseult described as “loose women, unkempt graveyards, and musicians in various states of cognizance” – subject matters to which she admits being constantly drawn to for the beauty of these people and places. Shot in black in white, Yseult’s fascination with women from eras past can be seen in her earlier work of 2004 as well.

Light Box

Here, light boxes were built with black and white ethereal Polaroids, complete with tasseled pull switches and velvet curtains. Commenting on the inspiration for these pieces, Yseult has said: “sometimes I just have a vision in my head and have to execute it.”

Light Box

Metal Print Girl

She also experiments with metal prints, a finish which lends these moody photos extra character.

The Cock and General Blue
The Cock and General Blue

Graveyard Creek
Graveyard Creek

Rounding out the retrospective are a selection of her gorgeous Black & White prints of local New Orleans scenery, including a post-Katrina flooded cemetery.

Sean and Mississippi Mermaid Photo
Sean Posses in front of one of her Mississippi Mermaid Photos

Thanks also to Sacred Gallery owner Kevin Wilson and his wife Liz Henderson for throwing a great opening night party! I ran into so many old friends and acquaintances, some of whom I had not seem in ten years, including publicist Howard Wuelfing, Comedian and writer Dave Hill, Musician Acey Slade and Sean’s husband Chris Lee, formerly of the band Supagroup, who is a great guy!

Diego

Also, one fan brought along this little guy, a wildly adorable, four-week old Chihuahua/Maltese mix named Diego, who stole my heart away.

Sean Yseult Retrospective will be on Exhibit Through December 31st, 2015 at Scared Gallery, Located at 424 Broadway (just North of Canal Street), 2nd Floor, in Soho, NYC.

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Pink Thing Of The Day: Pink New Orleans

Aerial View of New Orleans in Pink

The photoshopped image above was sent to me by my friend, Ronne, a native of New Orleans who now lives in the southwest. Ronne didn’t have any information on the origin of the image nor did she have any idea what it might be associated with, but she knows I love the pink, so she sent it over. I can’t find anything on the Internet using the obvious search terms (Pink New Orleans Image October) but I think it’s a nice photo and I figured I had better get it on the blog while we are still in the month of October. If you have any clues as to what this picture is about, please leave them in the comments!

Honey, I'm Home!

Oh hey! In case you didn’t notice, I’ve been on vacation. Did you miss me? I just got back late last night from 3 days in New Orleans followed by a 7 Day/Night Caribbean Cruise on the lovely Carnival Triumph  – the greatest ship at sea!  I highly recommended a Carnival Cruise (or any cruise, but Carnival is awesome) for any vacation you might consider! I’m still getting used to not feeling the motion of the ocean! And, surprisingly, NYC feels not so humid after some of the ports I’ve been in over the past 10 days! Cruisin’!

Remembering Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders Oval
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On This Date, April 23rd in 1991: Johnny Thunders, guitarist for the New York Dolls died in New Orleans under mysterious circumstances, which have been rumored to be the result of foul play and drug related causes. He was 38 years old. I knew Johnny’s backup singer, Allison Gordy, for years and she always claimed that he was murdered, so I guess there’s some foundation to those rumors after all. Maybe some day the truth will come out. RIP, Johnny.

When The Levee Breaks

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Just last night, Vince Danger and I were taking about whether we’ll ever be able to hear that Led Zeppelin song again without becoming at least somewhat emotionally overwhelmed.
I tend to avoid getting political on this page, but the fact that New Orleans and other parts of the South have been completely devastated nuclear-war-style by Hurricane Katrina simply cannot be ignored. While I was grateful and relieved to hear that my friends in Supagroup and their loved ones had successfully evacuated New Orleans prior to the storm hitting hard, I’ve been obsessively watching the coverage on CNN until I just can’t cry anymore.
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