Some Boys, a Few Bunnies, and One Lousy Unicorn: Sculptures by Alex Podesta will be on view at the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from October 13, 2022–March 26, 2023
Bunnies are curious, mischievous. They scamper about, hiding in plain sight, and are simultaneously timid and high-spirited. Throughout the early 20th century, authors and artists personified bunnies into beloved characters—Bugs Bunny, the animation created by a production company, Peter the Rabbit, the storybook rogue imagined by Beatrix Potter, and Rabbit, Winnie-the-Pooh’s faithful companion invented by A.A. Milne, who modeled the character after his son’s beloved stuffed toy. Bunnies are truly inspirational.
As a child, New Orleans artist Alex Podesta, dressed in a fuzzy, footed set of pajamas, and imagined himself as a rabbit, taking on the characteristics of his favorite cartoon hero—Bugs Bunny. Armed with Bugs’ wit, self-confidence, and keenness, Podesta went on adventures of his own, both real and imagined. As an adult, the artist captures his childhood innocence and fascination with the world through meticulously modeled sculptural self-portraits. The fantastical tableaux reference the artist’s inner thoughts, desires, and memories. While whimsical at first sight, the existential scenes become darker upon further examination. We get a sense of loneliness, isolation, and the loss of childhood wonder as adulthood inevitably takes over our lives.
Meet the artist Friday, October 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the LSU Museum of Art. Enjoy art activities, gallery games, and refreshments. Free admission.
Alex Podesta was born in North Carolina. He received a bachelor of arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and a master of fine arts from the University of New Orleans in Louisiana, permanently relocating to the state upon graduation. Podesta’s sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally, featured in periodicals such as ARTnews, Oxford America, ArtPapers, and the Washington Post, and are in numerous public and private collections.
Sunday, March 26, 2023
Shaw Center for the Arts, LSU Museum of Art, 5th floor
100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801