OBJECT: Adam Volker & Joe Bluhm Exhibition

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The opening reception for the coolspace exhibition, OBJECT, featuring the vibrant artwork of Adam Volker and Joe Bluhm opens on Friday, November 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The two local-based artists are best known for their imaginative work creating games, books and films through animation, illustration and storytelling in the entertainment industry. OBJECT will focus on Volker and Bluhm's talents in fine art and painting. 

OBJECT will showcase paintings of common 'objects' depicted as something else all together. During the Opening Reception, no one will 'object' to the sounds of the deejay, John Durbin, while he performs live and creates a unique soundtrack. Stroll through a buffet of cool nibbles, purchase a variety of refreshments at the cash bar! OBJECT runs from Friday, November 8, 2013 through Saturday, January 18, 2014. Admission to the coolspace Opening Reception and exhibition is free and open to all ages.

Volker and Bluhm are Creative Directors at Moonbot Studios, in Shreveport, Louisiana, an animation studio that has gained worldwide attention after "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Lessmore" won Best Animated Short Film at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012. The book, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Lessmore", written by William Joyce and illustrated by Joe Bluhm, was the inspiration behind the creation of the short film. The book was awarded the 2013 Christopher Award and was on the New York Times bestseller list for eleven weeks and was number one for five weeks.

"We both work in digital media, the majority of our days. One thing we agree upon- one sad truth about digital painting, design, animation, illustration - is that there is no tangible piece at the end. No one sacred object exists that you can call one-of-a-kind. The beauty of this flawed object and the uniqueness of it is something that cannot be replicated. And the comfort we gain as artists in a digital age, creating traditionally, is a new and special one. Also, the simplicity of observing and representing objects through paint is a clear common ground. The subject matter, objects, and those which are arguably more (figures) are then asking to be discussed, through the provoking theme they are reduced to.

The viewer may "object" to the objectivity of the pieces, and yet they may find pleasure and understanding in them, as is the intention. The subject matter will be varied, allude to narrative, and be observational, traditional, 2D art."

~Joe Bluhm and Adam Volker

Object shares its opening night with artspace PRESENTS, Friday, November 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in mainspace @ artspace. This biennial Holiday 'Gallery Exhibition' features art work created by local artists and available for purchase for all your holiday gifting needs. On opening night. receive a 10% discount and free gift-wrap! Enjoy the festive evening with holiday music by The Matthew Davidson Band and holiday-themed nibbles and cocktails at the cash bar. artspace PRESENTS is open Thursday, November 8, 2013 through Saturday, January 11, 2014. Return to artspace PRESENTS with the family every first and third Saturday during the exhibition period for Artist Expressions, a hands-on activity workshop series with local professional artists. For Artist Expressions event information visit the artspace calendar at www.artspaceshreveport.com. 

Preceding the Opening Reception of OBJECT and artspace PRESENTS, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and the City of Shreveport with Mayor Cedric B. Glover will present the 2013 City of Shreveport Fellowship Awards. These awards are to recognize and celebrate the Artistic Excellence of Individual Artists from the City of Shreveport. The award ceremony is November 8 at 5 p.m. with a special musical performance from Costas Dafnis, a 2012 City of Shreveport Fellowship Award recipient. 

artspace, a project of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, is located at 710 Texas Street in Downtown Shreveport. For more information on artspace please visit our website at artspaceshreveport.com.