Luminous Lookout

Dawn Black
Kathryn Lavender Hunter
Kelli Scott Kelly
Jonathan “feral opossum” Mayers

May 3 - June 29, 2019
John F. Lott Gallery


Luminous Lookout is a group of four Southern Louisiana based artists, including: Dawn Black, Kathryn Hunter, Kelli Scott Kelley, and Jonathan Mayers.

Using representational imagery, their work visualizes narratives to inspire social dialogue and critique. Teetering moral ambiguities, existential repetitions, and anthropomorphic allegories are shared threads woven throughout all the artists’ work.

Each artist employs unique materials and processes to create their work. Using a variety of collected source material, Black examines tentative systems of power and identity through watercolor on paper to visualize sociological narratives. Hunter’s laser-cut steel and paper wall installations are populated by stitched and carved anthropomorphic silhouettes, which evoke fables and reflect on our connection to the natural world. Kelley’s enigmatic narratives are painted on antique domestic linens, referencing traditional women’s handicrafts, while engaging in an ecologically conscious art making practice. The delicate feminine cloths also serve to juxtapose the fantastical imagery. Mayers collects sediments from places he visits and imbeds the material into his pieces, creating meaningful tactile and textural surfaces, where mysterious beasts, born of the artist’s familiarity with Louisiana folklore, frolic amid meticulously render Louisiana landscapes.

Luminous Lookout artists’ haunting, curious images address the current fragility of our time and provokes critical thought about our place in the world.

Dawn Black
Dawn was born in Louisiana where she received a BFA from Louisiana State University. She earned both MA and MFA, specializing in Painting and Sculpture, from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. Her work is internationally and domestically exhibited and is in various collections including in the Museum of Paper and Watermark in Fabriano, Italy and the Columbus Museum of Art. In 2012, she was nominated for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and received a Career Advancement Grant from the state of Louisiana. Black has attended numerous residencies including Bemis Center for the Arts, the McColl Center for the Arts, VCCA, and Lawndale Art Center. The Washington Post, Art Papers, and, among others have reviewed her work. Currently, she lives and works in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is represented by Curator’s Office.

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Kelli was born in Baton Rouge, LA. She earned an MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work is primarily comprised of mixed-media narrative paintings, drawings and objects. She has also collaborated with her husband, composer Bill Kelley, on surreal performances and video pieces.

Kelley has exhibited and lectured throughout the United States, and beyond, including: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Galerie Califi at ArtMill Center for SustainableCreativityinMirenice, Czech Republic, Bangalore University in Bangalore, India, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, CO. Her work is represented by Koelsch Gallery in Houston, Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans, and Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art.

Kelley authored a book featuring her narrative artwork entitled Accalia and the Swamp Monster in 2014. A solo exhibit of the work opened in at the the LSU Museum of art and then traveled to Bradbury Museum of Art, the Jung Center Gallery in Houston, the Masur Museum of Art and the Michelson Art Museum. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of the LSU Museum of Art, Tyler Museum of Art, East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections and The Eugenia Summer Gallery Mississippi University for Women.

Kelli Scott Kelley is a Professor of Painting in the School of Art at Louisiana State University.

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Louisiana Creole artist, writer, and independent curator, Jonathan "feral opossum" Mayers, was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Mayers attended Louisiana State University as a computer science major before changing his course of study and earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with a concentration of painting and drawing in 2007. While living in New Orleans, Louisiana, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2011 with a concentration in painting from the University of New Orleans. Between 2012-18 he was a founding member of the TEN Gallery + Collective. He received scholarships to attend French Immersion at Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia from both the Université (2015) and CODOFIL (2016). Mr. Mayers has exhibited works in Prospect.1-4+ Satellites, multiple Surreal Salons, Notes from the Artistic Underground, ART I-10, and Tiercé. His work is included the LSU Student Union Art Gallery Permanent Collection and the art collection of Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia. In Fall 2018 he was an artist-in-residence at A Studio in the Woods for Adaptations: Living with Change. Currently Mr. Mayers is represented by Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, were his most recent curatorial project, Mythologies Louisianaises, accompanied by a trilingual catalogue in International Louisiana French, Kouri-vini (Louisiana Creole), and English was on display in August and September 2018.

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Kathryn Hunter is a fine artist in South Louisiana. She works in mixed media: paper cutting, relief printing, wool & silk, embroidery, steel, letterpress, drawing, and wax. She is inspired by the color in Wes Anderson's films and the animals on the Gulf Coast and in the Western Mountains.

She earned a BFA in printmaking from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1999 and an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 2003. In 2003, she started Blackbird Letterpress which specializes in quirky animal stationery, handmade notebooks and cards, and invitations, with a focus on good craftsmanship and good design. Visit Her work has been commissioned by Clarkson Potter (a division of Penguin Random House), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Los Angeles, and Historic New Orleans Collection.

She is a member of Ladies of Letterpress, an artist member of Baton Rouge Gallery of Contemporary Art, and her fine art is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. Her work is part of the permanent collections of Louisiana State University Museum of Art and of the Special Collections of Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton Pennsylvania, among others.