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Friend in Town: OAZO

Parker Hutchinson

FRIEND is pleased to announce the second installment of its artist collaboration series Friend in Town—this time featuring works and products by Joshua Edward Bennett.  Bennett is an artist, designer, and musician living in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose works tell stories that exist largely in the viewer’s own memory.  Bennett’s collection with Friend, called OAZO (Esperanto for “oasis”) recalls a place that is "like no place."  OAZO is rather “a community of intention and deep cognition of the metaphysical self.”  Through his works, based in bold, striking, and instantly iconic graphics, he explores the signification of objects and relays their effectiveness in creating a particular feeling or action. 

An opening reception for Friend in Town + OAZO will be held Friday, October 14, 2016, at FRIEND’s new Downtown storefront at the Ace Hotel New Orleans.  The product collaboration features limited-edition sculptural objects, apparel, accessories, and personal care products that will be available, as supplies last, until January 2017.  This line complements Bennett’s current solo exhibition at Good Children Gallery in the St. Claude arts corridor, which runs until November 6, 2016.