Odessa is advertising for a unique gathering (purge party?) next Friday, October 8th. The event is called RELEASE and you can check out the details after the jump...
In 2001, Mary Cashiola sat down with Mahaffey White as she reflected on the past 90 years of her life. An avid photographer, White is still at it 9 years later, and this time her work is on display alongside that of her great niece, Ashley Kuhn.
Wings Gallery, 100 N. Humphreys Blvd, www.wingscancerfoundation.org
This Friday is Trolley Tour, and if you venture down Huling and upstairs from Jack Robinson Gallery, you'll find a particularly good reason to head to South Main: Meet Your Maker, a celebration of Etsy artisans and a sale of local art and crafts.
Meet Your Maker, Friday, September 24, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Jack Robinson Gallery, 44 Huling Avenue, 521-0400
Opening this evening at Levy Gallery at the Buckman is An Open Book, a joint show featuring paintings by Richard L. Harper and the sculptures of Meg Zachry.
The opening reception is this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the show will run until October 29. Levy Gallery is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
Levy Gallery at the Buckman Arts Center, 60 Perkins Ext., 537-1483, www.stmarysschool.org/thebuckman
Each year students from Memphis College of Art take a trip to Horn Island off the Gulf Coast, following in the personal tradition of Walter Anderson. There they isolate themselves, become immersed in the island life, and, ideally, produce work to bring back and put on display. Tomorrow is the reception for the Horn Island 26 show— featuring work from the 26th annual trip. (Read more about the trip in John Branston's cover feature, Endangered.)
Tonight marks the first installment in the series Curious Pictures, put on by the Urban Art Commission and funded by the First Tennessee Award for Innovation in the Arts. Each Friday night from now until October 8 will feature a different artist. All shows begin at 8 p.m. and end at 11:30 p.m.
"It is intentionally different things," says John Weeden of the Urban Art Commission. "It's meant to be a variety to show the breadth of types of video and digital work being produced locally. Some of it is more narrative, more traditionally cinematic. Some of it is more abstract and rooted in pattern and design."
"Her show is intentionally interactive," says Weeden. "It's built as a participatory experience with the audience."
Jill will set up a projection station with a classroom overhead projector. Viewers will walk up and Jill will teach them how to use the machine to project different images. "What it does," says Weeden, "is translate the drawings and abstract markings of whoever wishes to different colors and patterns [projected] onto the wall of the Orpheum."
Future shows include:
September 17, Erik Jambor screens Godfrey Reggio's KOYAANISQATSI outside of Jolly Royal Furniture Store
September 24, Sarah Fleming and Christopher Reyes display their work at Center Lane near the Madison Hotel
October 1, Alex Harrison and his band, The Warble, combine music and light display at the Waterford Building at Front and Beale
October 8, Work from Brian Dixon,Matt Ducklo, Chris Miner, Matthias Mueller and Christoph Giradet on the Main Street Mall behind 1 Commerce Square
Each year the faculty and staff of the University of Memphis' art department select one graduating student to be featured in a solo show at the Jones Alumni Gallery. This year, Stephen Almond, class of 2010, will exhibit his work in a show titled, "Too Big To Fail." The opening reception is tomorrow evening, September 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jones Hall Gallery at the intersection of Alumni and Desoto on the U of M campus.
One of the pieces is called "half shtick" and is a projection of Paula Deen's face on the wall with a glowing stick of butter in front of her (probably my favorite image... well, ever.) Another is a series of sculptures made out of a cake molds — "like all of the crazy Southern ladies bring to parties," says Almond. The cake sculptures are painted to look like big cakes made of solid butter. "It's about the gimmick of food," Almond explains. "I'm speaking to a lot of the gimmicks on t.v. and in the media right now."
Almond also manipulates photos from magazines, pointing out the exploitative qualities of mass media. "Demographics are kind of laid out [for us]," says Almond. "Are people the demographic or does media make people the demographic?"
The show will run until September 17. Admission is free.
Jones Hall Gallery, Jones Hall, room 109, 678-2019