INAUGURAL EXHIBITION: Wounded Beast by David Hollen
ARTIST RECEPTION • THURSDAY 2/9 @ 7-10 PM
GALLERY HOURS: Open 2/10 thru 4/5 Wednesday-Sunday @ 12-8 PMNonprofit arts organization LADADspace and restaurateur Jason Ha proudly announce the opening of District Gallery, a new visual arts space dedicated to presenting bimonthly solo shows by local artists in the Arts District. Located at 740 E. 3rd St., the gallery is situated among Ha’s Zip Fusion Sushi, District BBQ & Lounge, and NoLA’s Taste of New Orleans. The inaugural show at District Gallery premieres during Downtown Art Walk on Thursday, February 9 with an art installation by artist David Hollen. His sculpture “Wounded Beast” is a 14-foot-long “creature” constructed of five ribs of rebar steel skinned with woven nylon rope (used for mooring ships) and featuring a “wound” highlighted by 13 crystal baubles spotlit to add a glittery effect. Primarily, Hollen creates his organic art using steel, wood, rope, wire, porcelain, and other resilient everyday materials. His solo show at District Gallery marks his first in the neighborhood and centers around a work that dominates, yet showcases, the intimate space. Designed and assembled in his basement studio, dismantled after creation, and then reassembled yet again in pieces within the gallery, “Wounded Beast” stems from Hollen’s exploration of the basic structure underlying natural forms and expressing them with ubiquitous durable materials.