"Elemore says he's seen those two guys out in the country," Lafaye says. "For me they are specters of all those who have come before us, and of all those who will come to Louisiana."
Forty-four-year old Lafaye met 75-year-old Morgan in 1994 when he was putting together a show at the Alexandria Museum of Art which featured the photography of Morgan's father, Elemore Morgan Sr. Then Lafaye arrived to run the University of Southwest Louisiana's Art Museum, and curated a major Morgan Jr. retrospective called When Land Meets Sky in 1996. Lafaye describes a never-ending conversation with Morgan that segues from their work based on the Louisiana environment to the mythology of what it means to be Southern. "We talked about the uniqueness of being Louisianians," Lafaye says. "I started a story called Bones Come Home. It's a reflection of all the ghosts that haunt this place, all the things that make Louisiana what it is."
Their first joint show, named Common Ground opened in Jennings in 2003 at the Zigler Museum. Both men work on a huge scale, and the small Zigler could only exhibit a fraction of their output. When the Acadiana Center for the Arts opened in 2004, with its 4,800-square foot gallery, the idea for another joint show was born.
The exhibit features a twist of sorts; Lafaye, who has been working almost exclusively on paper over the past decade, will have some paintings on masonite, Morgan's signature medium, while Morgan will also exhibit some works on paper.
The collaborative title piece, Bones Come Home, is drawn and painted on a large sheet of brown kraft paper. The artists started working on the piece simultaneously. "Just for a few minutes we danced around one another, and then we just started painting on top of each other's work. It was done in about three days," Lafaye says. "We were laughing ' it was like we were painting on a Schwegmann's paper bag."
Bones Come Home opens Sat. Jan. 13 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The show will run through Feb. 25, 2007. For more information call 233-7060.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
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