Forgive the man who stares at your neckline too long. Embellished with a design by Cody Bush, it is to be expected. Strong planes and sensuous curves yield an intoxicating display of artistry. If there is anything to be said of Bush’s metalwork it concerns immaculate precision. Every minute detail is considered in the aesthetic of the piece. Influences ranging from science fiction to automobiles and biking provide the artist with a means to create boldly modern jewelry and vessels. Bush explains, “Its always been there for me. Its that sense of wonder and amazement and possibility that you can always find in sci-fi.”
When creating the newest pieces for the Acadiana Center for the Arts exhibition, Bush turned to CAD/CAM or computer aided design and manufacturing. This technology allows for ensured accuracy and serves as a perfect base for Bush’s hand detailing, including the setting of gemstones in unexpected places. The artist also uses carbon fiber composite, a material found in bikes and space shuttles, to provide the strength and distinctive look to the work. Durability is achieved with vibrant automotive paint as on Trillion II, a bracelet inspired by his son’s obsession with the film “Transformers.” Such innovative pieces fill the AcA with the kind of craftsmanship that has become all too rare, and with an art form not customarily on display. In regards to his chosen medium, Bush says, “I think it takes it into another dimension and its just that much more interesting and engaging when you can actually wear it or serve tea out of it. It functions both as art that can sit on a shelf or a wall and be looked at but also art that can be worn out and engaged with the public. That’s the thing about metalwork and jewelry is that it’s basically wearable art, wearable pieces of sculpture.”
Bush is a native of west Texas and earned a graduate degree from The University of Iowa in metalworking and jewelry with a minor in sculpture. He has been teaching metalworking and jewelry at UL for the past seven years but plans to move on. When asked what was next he replied, “I’m going to check out the prosthetics places in town, its something I’m really interested in, the organic and inorganic coming together and piecing it into one. I would just enjoy getting use out of my skills to help somebody.”
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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
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The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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