New exhibit launches at LASM celebrating the everyday worker

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - When you think about art hanging in museums, you probably imagine grand vistas and larger than life portraits, but a new exhibit at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum (LASM) challenges that view of art.

Through the eyes of New Orleans artist, Gustave Blache III, the mundane becomes beautiful.

"He focuses on some of the more hidden aspects of life. People working, but they are professions that you normally don't see," said Elizabeth Weinstein, curator at LASM.

Blache's exhibit, a work in process, celebrates the worker.

"He really looks to capture those moments within the day, within that profession, that best capture the process of the activity being performed," said Weinstein.

Whether it's the factory setting for a group of blind mop makers, the daylight streaming through the window of a curtain cleaner, or the hands of one of New Orleans' most beloved restauranteurs, Leah Chase, there is an intimacy to each work.

"They are very intimate, charming depictions of people and environments, doing what they do every day," said Weinstein.

Each painting is a subtle reminder that work is a worthy art.

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