16 December 2010



REUSE PROJECT 4: REUSE & RESIST! Open Call For Art until Feb. 1st! www.reuseandresist.tk

What is the ReUse Project? Every year, for the past 4 years, INSPIRE Collective has made a call for art, taken a centralized public building, and installed as much artwork inside & outside as possible, then we open the doors to the public!
Want to get involved this time around? Just keep reading…

There is a better way, no matter what they say! Present-day cities, the world over, have massive percentages of un-used & generally neglected public space. By itself, this fact quickly becomes its own negative social issue & it isn’t a phenomenon, it’s a disgusting norm of all industrialized cities at this point. WE MUST REUSE AND RESIST!!
But how?! Many social issues could be already solved by ReUsing & re-thinking public space. This year, let’s stop talking about it and started getting things done!

INSPIRE Collective would like to extend this call for art around the world, so if you know folks who would like to get involved…We extend the invitation to all creators to participate in ReUse Project 4: REUSE AND RESIST!

If you’re a conscious artist living on this planet and you can creatively relate to the ideas of ReThinking and ReUsing, then this exhibition is for you! Help us to make a positive social statement here in the Middle East & sustainable, independent artists will help to make this necessary statement world-wide. Open call for art ends February 1st.
For participation inquiries, entry submissions, call for art info, etc., please visit:
Also, for INSPIRE Collective past events and more: www.inspirecollectiveevents.tk

Remember, the open call for art ends February 1st.

Mail to:

P.O. Box 4917
Tel Aviv, Israel

13 December 2010

Rex at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art as part of EMERGE

Rex at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art as part of EMERGE, curated by Terrence Sanders

Rex Dingler in middle. Robin Durand on left. Brad Depuy on right

Writer Adam Falik wrote this about Rex for the artist desciption: "Michael “Rex” Dingler, a former U.S. Marine and current ship’s captain on the Mississippi River, takes his art guerilla-style to the streets of New Orleans. He is the founder of NoLA Rising, an art collective that attempts to both politicize and beautify the cityscape with custom artwork in the form of paintings, murals and sculptures. While graffiti speaks-up without invitation and manages to question the assumption between art and culture, Dingler’s socially conscious work more closely emboldens the spirit of Banksy, the graffiti provocateur who has also made mark on New Orleans with unbidden street pictorial epigrams. While Dingler has been brought up on charges including 1,100 counts of illegally posting on telephone poles, his belief (which he lectures on at Tulane University) is that street art can be a legitimate cultural basis for urban rejuvenation. His “Somewhere in the City, This Blood is Real” captures the essence of his street campaigns brought to canvas. The same block-letter stenciled text message with splattering of red paint has also adorned New Orleans sidewalks and buildings. Dingler’s work is a form of activism that astutely addresses the city’s cultural and civic climate. He is both interested in the man-on-the-street and the streets itself, its cityscape, architecture and geography, which Dingler also explores with architecturally-aligned abstracts and panoramic studies of city skylines. There is a school of thought bordering on mysticism that divines relationship between the shape of buildings and the mental and spiritual health of those who reside within them. Dingler, likewise, seeks the balance between a city’s denizens and their capacity to accept, and interact, with art. In addition to street and studio efforts, Dingler works to promote art education and therapy programs for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder issues."

Somewhere in the city, this blood is real by Rex Dingler

A description of the show: "The Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans is proud to announce the unveiling of EMERGE – St. Claude Arts District and Beyond: 41 New Orleans Artists from “The Saratoga Collection” on Thurs. November 18. This exhibition celebrates 41 emerging and mid-career artists who live and work in New Orleans. It documents and further validates the burgeoning contemporary art scene developing in the New Orleans St. Claude and Bywater arts districts, but more importantly, artists who have made a decision to live and work in New Orleans. The artists in this collection are relevant, coherent and offer a peek into the world of the new New Orleans contemporary art movement."

EMERGE / St. Claude Arts District and Beyond / The Saratoga Collection

Special thanks to Unknown Parts...without him, the "Blood is Real" campaign wouldn't exist.

29 November 2010

TravelingMermaid: It's Yours! Take It!

TravelingMermaid: It's Yours! Take It!: "NoLA Rising is making a call for art for It’s Yours, Take It (NoLA 4) NoLA  Rising has a long history of distributing artwork at no cost to..."

25 November 2010

Happy Gobble Gobble Turkey Day

From NoLA Rising to you...Happy Gobble Gobble Turkey Day. On behalf of us at NoLA Rising, we are grateful for the people of New Orleans and all the wonderful things you do!

11 November 2010

EMERGE: St. Claude Arts District & Beyond 41 Artists from the Saratoga Collection @ the OGDEN Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans is proud to announce the unveiling of EMERGE – St. Claude Arts District and Beyond: 41 New Orleans Artists from “The Saratoga Collection” on Thurs. November 18.

This exhibition celebrates 41 emerging and mid-career artists who live and work in New Orleans. It documents and further validates the burgeoning contemporary art scene developing in the New Orleans St. Claude and Bywater arts districts, but more importantly, artists who have made a decision to live and work in New Orleans. The artists in this collection are relevant, coherent and offer a peek into the world of the new New Orleans contemporary art movement.

EMERGE: St. Claude Arts District & Beyond 41 Artists from the Saratoga Collection @ the OGDEN Museum of Southern Art

The exhibition is curated by Terrance Sanders for architect/developer Marcel Wisznia.

The Saratoga Collection:
Libbie Allen, Katrina Andry, James T Bonds, Blaine Capone, Anthony Carriere, Stephen Collier, Bruce Davenport Jr., Michael Dingler, Hannah Downey, Keith Duncan, Brad Dupuy, Robin Durand, Aubrey Edwards, Hayley Gaberlavage, Generic Art Solutions, Grissel Giuliano, Dave Greber, Nick Hasslock, Olivia Hill, Chris Jahncke, Kevin H. Jones, Bruce Keyes, Stephen Kwok, Miranda Lake, Barbie L'Hoste, Srdjan Loncar, Colin Meneghini, Layla Messkoub, Tony Nozero, Alex Podesta, Rajko Radovanovic, Rebecca Rebouche, Aaron Reichert, Terrence Sanders, Jim Sohr, Jameson Stokes, Dan Tague, Robert Tannen, Jonathan Traviesa, Miriam Waterman, and Paige Valente.

The opening is 6 p.m.-8 p.m., during Ogden After Hours featuring John Mooney.

For more information, check HERE

29 October 2010

If by Rudyard Kipling


by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

17 October 2010

Dinglerization of America : The Book

Just when you thought Rex had dried up and died...there's this. A book highlighting pieces from the Coup D'Oeil Art Show: The Dinglerization of America held in New Orleans' Lower Garden District in 2009 is now available from Blurb. Sure, it's taken some time to put it together, but like all things New Orleans, when it's ready, it's ready. Take a moment to check out the preview and if you're so inclined, scoop one up to go with the work you bought (or the work you wanted to buy). Two bucks from the sale of each book goes to Rex's two lovely daughters...everything else goes to Blurb (just like a true publishing house). Enjoy!

17 August 2010

One question I'd like answered...it's been far too long

Has it been almost two years? And yet, no answers, no good leads, no conclusions, no arrests and no prosecutions...

There's a man out there in the Bywater who must know the truth...

If you know anything about the murder of Jessica Hawk, I encourage you to come forward.

07 August 2010

Because Sometimes...

Stencil, originally uploaded by duncan.

...it's easier to be a child than it is to be an adult...except for kids...because they're spending their life trying to grow up in this mess of a world...

30 July 2010

Women of the Spill - And the Oil Men Who Love Them

IMG_2213, originally uploaded by New Orleans Lady.

"Be The One," a campaign urging citizens to petition the Congress towards passing and funding a comprehensive Gulf Coast restoration plan, has drawn criticism from some who point to the group's corporate oil and gas industry backers.


20 July 2010

Death Imitating Art - Sophie D

"It's another average humdrum day in a crumbling civilization," were the first words that Sophie D ever said to me. I was enjoying my solitude drawing in my favorite neighborhood spot...the t-shirt I had on gave me away as someone to talk to.

It sparked a conversation that delved into what was wrong with the city as we compared how many mutual people we knew who had been killed through senseless murder or who had OD'd or killed themselves since Katrina. It's a tale you wouldn't ordinarily share but it was one of those conversations.

"Wouldn't it be nice if you could shock people into cleaning up this city?" she asked me. It would be since people don't seem prepared to listen nicely anymore. Sophie D set about to wake people the hell up. Here are some samples of her work and then a couple of news stories where Somewhere in the City, the Blood was Real:

Priest, Sophie D, & Rex Collaboration
Mobile, AL

Everywhere in New Orleans this blood is real
New Orleans, LA

Sophie D Project
New York, NY

Sophie D: Guns Get You Dead
New York, NY

Sophie D in Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA

And here are the two recent news stories...

In New Orleans at Nola.com

In Mobile at Modmobilian.com

29 June 2010

BOYCOTT all Major Oil Companies for ONE DAY - JULY 14TH

Bastille Day Boycott - July 14th - Worldwide

On July 14th, 2010 (Bastille Day), send a message to the oil corporate elite that we've had enough of the way they do their do business. The Gulf Oil Spill from the Deepwater Horizon proves that there were no active corporate ethics followed and no ecologically sound method in place to correct their mistakes. The powers in control of the spill effort have used the American environment as a testing ground for their authority and experimentation.

BP and their sub-contractors have denied access to members of the press and denied entry to public thoroughfares. In so doing, the means of the United States military and the police (both State and local) have been utilized against the American people in their due exercise of rights. Since when does a foreign owned company have more rights than the citizens of our nation? Since when can they exert undue pressure through force over our citizenry?

Therefore, in order to send the message the "we the people" are tired of the way their business as usual is conducted at our expense, let this day of boycotting all of big oil's enterprises be the first of many messages. The only way the corporate elite listens is through the power of financial loss. If all they listen to is the sound of the dollar, then let this be a clamor to their ears!

Why Bastille Day? Bastille Day is the day symbolized to celebrate the French Revolution that brought democracy to that nation. One of the prevailing themes of the French Revolution was "Common people against the government." Well, we're not boycotting the government, but feel the maxim be adjusted to the modern day aristocracy of big oil. Thus, "Common people against the oil corporations" is a fine tuning to the current situation.

In addition, there is symbolic symmetry to the heritage of the first state affected by this engineering failure. Louisiana was once part of the Louisiana territory purchased by France which almost doubled the size of our nation. This engineering disaster has now spread across four states and it continues to spill into our coastal waters.

If you are not living along the Gulf Coast, it is easy to forget about such things. Perhaps for some, it is easy to be cynical about the Gulf region leading someone named Jill from Ohio to make the comment: "well...there's so much voodoo and debauchery... don't you think that maybe the region brings it upon itself? Don't you think there's something to that?" Passing comments that bear no fruit are easily said, but as a reminder to Jill, Louisiana alone supplies 30% of the nation's seafood demand, 34% of the nation's natural gas supply and 30% of the crude oil supply.

It is true that Louisiana bears a heavy burden for providing what she does, to the amount of 1,900 square miles of coastline that has been lost in the last 50 years. Coastline that has been cut up to supply our nation with her energy needs. Coastline that provides storm protection for the largest breakbulk port in the nation (a port that provides for 21% of all waterborne commerce in the United States). Despite that burden, the greater burden for these needs falls on us as consumers and it is time for us to take responsibility so that the corporate elites will begin to exercise there responsibility.

Call it a mistake if you like, but this is nothing short of a man-made failure caused by greed. Whether MMS oversight had failed, corporate ethics went awry, or individual spirit of responsibility is to blame, it is a failure of epic proportions.

Your purchasing power is also your vetoing power. It's time to dictate what you rightly control. The choice is yours this July 14th...Purchase no gas on this day...

To download the above image to share, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nolarisingproject/4744305125/sizes/l/

06 June 2010

Benefit for Haitian artists tonight starting at 6pm

Hello all,

The silent auction to benefit the Sculptors of the Grand Rue begins tonight at 6pm! Bidding runs till 8:30pm.

DJ Finger Prince will bring his collection of West African High Life and Carribean classics. A good friend has decided to bring some food and a little extra wine to keep the bidders happy. Dizzap will also be there with a taste of their own beverage alchemy.

Barrister's Gallery is at 2331 St. Claude Ave. at Spain St.
Gallery phone: 504 710 4506

I've updated the artist list on the event page according to the artwork hanging on the wall right now; there may be late arrivals. I'm so pleased with these donations-- the show looks wonderful, and there are treasures to be had for collectors; at the same time, the work and the bidding wars are all for the purpose of supporting the Sculptors of the Grand Rue-- I hope that you can all make it! Please tell your friends.

the flyer and the artist list is up at the gallery site--- the artist list on the fb event page is the current one.

If you would like to support the Grand Rue artists, you can also go to this site and send a donation via paypal:

There are more projects in the works, between Haitian and New Orleans artists. If you are interested in getting updates on future developments, please send an email to myrtlered @ gmail.com

Many thanks to the artists and volunteers! I hope to see you at the auction!

Myrtle von Damitz lll

03 June 2010

An Open Letter to the President and an Encouragement for others

An Open Letter to the President and an Encouragement for others

Example of the Letter I Sent on June 3rd placed below. Pls feel free to copy/paste and repost as to your liking. (Personal information deleted on the letter, but pls remember to add your address and email)

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
Office of Presidential Correspondence
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

3 June 2010

Dear Mr. President,

In regards to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I request that you advocate for the following:

(1) BP and clean-up efforts by their collaborative partners to stop using COREXIT on our coastal waters.

(2) Force the use of tankers and/or supertankers in the Gulf for skimming to collect the oil currently making it to the surface to minimize coastal impact.

(3) A full investigation into the business practices of which led up to the accident in question with proper parties being respectively held criminally and civilly liable.

(4) A review of European safety practices that are currently not in place in the coastal waters of the United States and the expedient enactment/implementation of those safety policies in hopes to reduce accidents of this magnitude in the future

(5) The removal of liability cap that is currently placed on oil companies in order to insure adequate clean-up and remediation expenses are covered by the negligent parties in the future

(6) The use of bio-remediation in the clean-up efforts of our coast

(7) The creation of more offshore berms and protective barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana and a policy shift to aid in the restoration of the Louisiana coast that has negatively been affected by decades of offshore exploration

(8) That oil and gas royalties allotted to the State of Louisiana for offshore drilling be expedited to state coffers in advance of the current timeline of the year 2017

and lastly (9) The allowance of media in areas that have currently been off-limits by BP security and those acting under their directives in order to insure full transparency for the public trust and knowledge.

Understanding the imperatives of the oil economy of the State of Louisiana, the ecological impact this disaster on the Gulf Coast, the damaging effect on our seafood industry and beyond, please consider my above requests in your policy considerations.

Many thanks in advance for your due consideration,

Michael "Rex" Dingler

Sophie D...

Contact Information:


You can also call or write to the President:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Please include your e-mail address

Phone Numbers
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

Comments: 202-456-6213
Visitors Office: 202-456-2121

24 May 2010

Protest!!! Sunday, May 30th, Jackson Square - 1pm

PROTEST! 1 pm, Sunday May 30, Jackson Square! Is it oil or blood on BP's collective hands???

BP's greed & negligence MURDERED eleven human beings-- real working people, just like you and me, with real families, spouses and children-- and now BP is DESTROYING the entire Gulf Coast while the Federal Government does NOTHING!

The flood of toxic oil MUST be STOPPED NOW! No more delaying, no more excuses. BP is KILLING US ALL, killing our wildlife, our oysters and fish, our birds, and our way of life.

This is CHERNOBYL IN THE GULF: this is destroying the Gulf of Mexico for ENTIRE GENERATIONS.

BP cannot or will not stop it. The government MUST INTERVENE and by any means necessary with all available resources STOP THE BP OIL FLOOD!


PROTEST! 1 pm, Sunday May 30, Jackson Square!

13 May 2010


OIL, originally uploaded by BonusSaves.

Artwork by Bonus Saves

The Northern Gannet: first oiled bird recovered by BP contractor.

For more information on the BP Oil Spill, believe everything you see on TV

The Conversation by Rex and El Celso

The Conversation by Celso and Rex

El Celso and Rex collaborated on Picasso's "The Conversation"

The Conversation by Celso and Rex

The Conversation by Celso and Rex

30 April 2010

Jen LeBlanc does Digital Graffiti...

Nola Rising - Digital Graffiti - Conducted by Jen LeBlanc

Art student and Professional photographer Jen LeBlanc took to the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge to show one of her latest projects...Digital Graffiti. With the help of a projector, Jen set up a draw pad and a projector and let people go to town.

Projection art is one of the developing ways that artists are able to manipulate their environment for interactive exhibitions. Naturally, some of the folks for NoLA Rising had to go up and check this out.

15 April 2010

Martin Luther King Jr Branch Library is proud to announce its inaugural exhibition, post Katrina

Martin Luther King Jr Branch Library is proud to announce its inaugural exhibition, post Katrina. Featuring "Blessed be the Reconstruction" – a solo show by artist Nicholas Ciglio.

Exhibition dates April 19th – May 7th Mon- Fri 9am to 5 pm

Artist Reception Monday, April 26th 3-4pm

Nicholas Ciglio presents his first exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, with a New Orleans retrospective show titled “Blessed be the Reconstruction.” Since moving to the city in 2006, Ciglio has worked to create blessings for the reconstruction of New Orleans through his art. “Blessed be the Reconstruction” includes works on canvas and multi-media drawings on wood salvaged from Katrina.

A filmmaker and educator from California, Ciglio moved to New Orleans in June of 2006 to focus his artistic intentions on social relevance in the wake of Katrina. Nicholas has shown on Royal St., St. Claude, and Julia St. His first public piece in New Orleans was the popular mural on Frenchmen Street titled “Kufaru Katrina Mural.” Nicholas is currently painting his second mural on Frenchmen St. and has been working as an art educator/filmmaker at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in the Lower Ninth Ward since November 2006.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library
1611 Caffin Ave. New Orleans 70117
(504) 596-2695

to contact the artist
Nicholas.busciglio @gmail.com

12 April 2010

INSPIRE - "Earth Rhyme"

Inspire continues to be the inspiration for many things good and artistic. Check out his latest...