What's Hot: Art

Whether wafting, billowing, simmering or smoldering, the concept of smoke as featured in works of art can conjure up ideas like ritual and renewal, or even showmanship and celebration, all of which are the cornerstone of the resilient Crescent City spirit.

1. The smoke element in Ida Floreak’s “Censer” (16×20-inch) is a nod to the examination of religious fascination with the natural world. Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 131 Decatur St., 309.4063, ClaireElizabethGallery.com.

2. The torch bearers in all their glory shine in “Lighting of the Flambeaus” (12×12-inch). Billy Solitario Fine Art, 4531 Magazine St., 905-4175, BillySolitario.com.

3. Artist Katrine Hildebrandt utilizes actual smoke and hand burnt lines with walnut ink on paper to create Glow Expand (12×22-inch). Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp St., 302-7942, MartineChaissonGallery.com.

4. Karoline Schleh’s smoke and graphite composition “Smoke Songs” (22×30-inch) features backwards writing to convey the reflective mindset of how words, information and styles are impermanent and shift through time. Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia St., 525-0518, CallanContemporary.com.

5. The swirling, stylized teal line design using semi-gloss glaze brings Joseph Fortune Meyer’s vase to life (c. 1910-1930). Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, Woldenberg Art Center, Newcomb Circle, 865-5328, NewcombArtMuseum.Tulane.edu.

6. A puff of exhaust gives the smooth ride pictured in “Camera on d’Eyes” (28×22-inch) all the more gusto. Michalopoulos Gallery, 617 Bienville St., 558-0505, Michalopoulos.com.

7. The New Orleans sky, as depicted in Carlos Mendieta’s “The Dark End of the Street” (10×7-inch) evokes the sensation of a smoky sky gathering over the rooftops. Where Y’art, 1901 Royal St., 325-5672, WhereYart.net.