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.”
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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.