Friday, October 18, 2013

Currently on View: Work by Huger Foote and Holly Cole

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Two very different exhibitions currently on display in Memphis galleries share a formal attention to shape, light, and color. Huger Foote, a photographer of the understated, makes work that matches something in the character of Holly Cole’s rhythmic, geometrical sculptures.

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Foote, a Memphis-born and New York-based artist, is showing a new collection of color photography, “Sixteen,” at David Lusk Gallery. The show runs through November 16, with an opening reception tonight, October 18th, from 6 to 8 p.m. Displayed alongside is work by painter Libby Johnson.

Foote’s lens is focused on moments of long-lit quiet. In one photograph, a metal fence casts an array of shadows. In another, grass grows patchily near the lip of a sidewalk.

The work pays clear tribute to William Eggleston, but is less atmospheric and more formal. In many of Foote’s photos, a single, vertical element divides the frame. Spare instances of saturated color are noted against pale backgrounds, a technique that serves to emphasize shape and line within the composition.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Looking for the Flyer Art Boxes? There's a Map for That

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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This year's Flyer Art Boxes are now on the streets, and you can find them via this map.

And, if you haven't voted yet for your favorite box — the winner receives $500 — you still have time. Voting ends on October 31st. Vote here.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Metal Museum's Repair Days This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

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If you’ve never been to Repair Days or, heaven help you, never been to the Metal Museum, this weekend is the time to go. The museum itself (currently exhibiting works by Master Metalsmith Thomas Latané) is hands-down one of the best spots in Memphis, and Repair Days is the museum’s largest event of the year.

I spent a minute trying to come up with an analogy for what Repair Days is in comparison to the city's other annual events. I was pretty unsuccessful. Repair Days is not “like BBQ Fest for blacksmiths.”

The weekend is, as museum director Carissa Hussong puts it, “...its own organism.” It is an informal reunion for craftspeople, a teaching event for young metalworkers and hobbyists, an auction, a dinner party, a family day, and a many-tiered repair market. This is the event’s 34th year.

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