A Girl and a Gun: Asheville Artists Cope with Love and Death
Join local artist Taiyo la Paix as he gathers a sample of Asheville’s most talented in a provocative show about love and death, sex and violence, a girl and a gun. Opening at the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery on Friday, December 13, a gun and a girl: asheville artists cope with love and death will give viewers an insight into life’s most moving experiences through the eyes of Asheville artists.
Taiyo la Paix is the sixth curator in the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Point of View, artists curate artists exhibitions. Point of View puts local artists in charge of creating a month-long exhibit showcasing the talents of their peers who illuminate the breadth and depth of Asheville/Buncombe County’s creative sector. In la Paix’s artist’s statement, he admits he has a fear of dying and losing loved ones. His approach to this month’s exhibit continues his artistic exploration of sadness and joy by inviting local artists to share their visions of the same. “La Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard infamously said, ‘All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.’ When it comes down to it, sex and violence are our timeless allegories for love and death, our most burning concerns,” says la Paix in describing his vision for his first curated show. Born in Philadelphia, PA, la Paix was raised in Kyoto, Japan and graduated with a BA in Art from Middlebury College in 1994. His artwork has been seen throughout the Southeast United States, and he now resides in Asheville, NC.