Located in uptown
New Orleans, Louisiana
513 Octavia Street
(corner of Laurel)
Welcome to Octavia Books, where our well-read staff is always happy to provide friendly assistance. Thank you for choosing to let Octavia Books serve you and be your independent bookstore.
EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS
Dec. 19-Dec. 23
9AM - 6PM
9AM till early evening
Christmas & New Year's Day
Please join us for a signing with E2 - photographers Elizabeth Kleinveld & Epaul Julien - featuring IN EMPATHY WE TRUST. This unbound boxed book includes twenty of the world's most iconic art images - such as Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring; Rembrandt's Jewish Bride; and Whistler's Mother - remade with a photographer's twist.
Elizabeth Kleinveld is an artist and photographer who divides her time between Amsterdam and New Orleans. For her, art is about creative self-expression and storytelling; it is about responding to what she observes in the world. While some of her work is about striving to express the beauty she sees, other work focuses on themes she finds politically important. Often she uses art to transform her reality as she did in 2007, while working to come to terms with the raw reality of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Kleinveld later found inspiration from exotic flowers and their reflection in water, resulting in the images of her series Flower Reflections that have an almost dreamlike and painterly quality.
Epaul Julien is an artist from New Orleans who began his career as a photographer in 1995 when a near death experience changed his life. Creating art for him is a necessity, vitally linked to his existence. His artistic practice has also been shaped by the extremity of his circumstances. When the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina forced him to abandon his darkroom and bulky photographic equipment, he emerged with a new approach; six months of exile pushed him to use the images he had salvaged and to create a new form of mixed media.
Tina Freeman, whose photographs grace the pages of ARTIST SPACES, will be on hand to sign and/inscribe copies from 1:30-2:30 on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. The perfect gift for this season (or a treat for yourself).
Few artists have the luxury of separate work and living spaces, thus work and life often end up compressed into a singular personal environment. Artist Spaces, New Orleans provides a comprehensive portrait of the city's artists and their relationship to space.
In 99 extraordinary photos taken by Tina Freeman and 21 artist interviews by Morgan Molthrop, ARTIST SPACES highlights the spaces of New Orleans art luminaries George Dureau, Ron Bechet, Ma-Po, Dawn Dedeaux, Elizabeth Shannon, Willie Birch, Ersy, David Halliday, Robert Tannen, Elenora "Rukiya" Brown, Nicole Charbonnet, Kevin Kline, Amy Weiskopf, Keith Duncan, Josephine Sacabo, Lin Emery, and graffiti artist "Fat Boy."
The interviews and photos provide a perfect complement. While Freeman poetically captures an intensely personal vision of the artists and their spaces, Molthrop unearths what the most accomplished artists in the city have to say about their relationship to that space. What results is an indication that each artist's style is often reflected in the quality, character, and aesthetic of their living/working environments--a striking illustration of how deeply personal, all-encompassing, and interconnected are life and art.
On Saturday, January 17, 2015, 6:00 P.M., the fabulous Tim Federle whoops it up with us and his book HICKORY DAIQUIRI DOCK: Cocktals with a Nursery Rhyme Twist.