Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dead On

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Gallery 210, located inside Lifelink Church on South Cooper, will introduce its newest exhibit tomorrow, July 16th, with an opening reception and artist lecture from 6 to 8 p.m.. “Sitting up with the Dead” is the exhibition of work by Melinda Eckley and Chris Nadaskay, both professors of art at Union University.

Shroud (left); Urbi et Orbi (right)
  • Melinda Eckley (left), 6'x2', thread; Chris Nadaskay (right), 20"x28"x3", stoneware/mixed media
  • Shroud (left); Urbi et Orbi (right)

"The theme that they're working with— Sitting up with the Dead— is an allusion to cultural artifacts that are passed down; that are, in a sense, like dead remains," says Jess Erickson, curator for the exhibit. "It has more of an archeological significance. The dead objects that are passed on from our culture— that's what Mr. Nadaskay is dealing with. Melinda is dealing with family objects that are passed down through the women in her family."

Nadaskay's work is composed of three-dimensional clay pieces, while Melinda is focused on installation work, displayed almost as if it were in a museum. "It's a combination of the two types of media working off of each other," says Erickson, "which I think will be really interesting."

The exhibit will run from July 16th to August 15th. Gallery 210 is open 9:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 377-3372 or visit lifelinkmemphis.org.

Gallery 210, Lifelink Church, 1015 S. Cooper, 377-3372

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