The Southern Glossary Instagram account is curated by a new artist or photographer each week. Every curator will put their own spin on the account, showing off work, their process, and their surroundings. Here's a Q&A with last week's curator, photographer & printmaker Anthony DelRosario.
How did you interest in your medium begin?
I've always loved taking photographs. I had a 110 cartridge film camera and a Polaroid camera as a kid.
My extensive documentation of New Orleans began after Katrina returning to the city dealing with life upheavals. I've been a printmaker since experimenting with silk-screening t-shirts in college in Memphis. Since moving to New Orleans, I have added linoleum block printing and stencils to my printmaking repertoire.
How do you feel about the relationship of an artist to their city or surroundings?
Whether it is direct or indirect, there is always an influence upon an artist from their surroundings. Some artists embrace the relationship more fully than others.
Do you have a creative or artistic peer group in your area that you're a part of? What opportunities are there for artists like yourself?
I have worked with my good friend Chris Kirsch (Bare Bones Studio) on many projects including a compilation of local New Orleans garage, surf and punk bands, printmaking projects, and the Skeleton Krewe, a Mardi Gras marching group that makes paper machie skulls each year.
My artistic outlets are not my full-time gig. However, I've been lucky in that more often than not the opportunities have found their way to me instead of me actively pursing.
Where do you go to draw inspiration?
My inspiration comes from bicycling around New Orleans exploring the unique neighborhoods finding hidden gems of the city.
Do you feel creatively satisfied?
Indeed I do. A few months ago, I collaborated with Defend New Orleans on two t-shirts featuring hand-painted signs by local artist Lester Carey, who I have been documenting for several years. The collaboration sparked me to grow NOLA 'Nacular, my project of vernacular culture documentation, by working on stencils, button sets, magnet sets, linocuts, & postcards and setting up nolanacular.com.
Tell me about a recent, current, or upcoming project or exhibition.
I will have photographs on display at Antenna Gallery in the Bywater during the week in conjunction with the "If I Knew You Were Coming, I’d Have Baked A Cake" art installation. And a couple of weeks later I will have a chapbook as part of the Blue Library exhibition at Antenna Gallery during PhotoNOLA. The opening is December 6 from 6-9pm.