Friday, July 30, 2010

Telling Lies

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 3:21 PM

For Joel Hilgenberg and Garen Shrader, a two-man show seemed almost inevitable. “We’ve paralleled each other in the Memphis art market for years now,” says Garen, “and he’s a good friend of mine as well.” The two are both MCA grads and have both been on the Memphis art scene for 16 or 17 years. Last spring, their agent was pushing their individual work when he came up with the idea of a joint exhibition.

Thus the two-part series of Six Kinds of Liars was born. You can catch the first part of the show starting August 1 and running through August 31 at Mona Lisa Gallery.

Garen Shrader, Doc Holliday Gets a Shave
  • Garen Shrader, Doc Holliday Gets a Shave

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

An Earthy Cause

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:18 PM

This Friday, join local artists and musicians at "Art for Earth's Sake," an art auction benefiting the National Wildlife Federation. Proceeds will go towards the restoration of wildlife in the Gulf.


"About five weeks ago I sent out an email to local artist friends I have," says event organizer, Emily Walls, "and asked who would be willing to do something to support the wildlife of the gulf right now. It was kind of a half-idea. I didn't really expect to get as much response as I did. All the artists immediately said, 'Yes, if you organize something we'd love to donate.'"

Artists featured include Greely Myatt, Beth Edwards, Tad Lauritzen Wright, and others.

Marshall Arts will host the event, and local restaurants like Tsunami and the Hi Tone have agreed to provide food. Local musicians Holly Cole, Blaire Combest, and Bryan Hartley will each perform during the silent auction. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m., is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted from those who do not wish to participate in the auction.

Marshall Arts, 639 Marshall, 522-9483

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Interview: Jonathan Postal, All the People Who Died

Posted By on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 5:05 PM

All the People Who Died, Jonathan Postal’s exhibit at the Robinson Gallery, is more than a collection of his photographs of erstwhile friends; it is an exploration of reproduction and depreciation, objects of value, and the preservation of photography as art. Postal uses light boxes, "ghost boxes," old TVs and various other objects to control the viewer's observation of his photographs.

Michael and Deedee
  • Jonathan Postal
  • Michael and Deedee

You have an impressive collection of photographs, with a number of fairly famous subjects. Where are they from?

I’ve been a photographer my whole life. I was in San Francisco and involved in the punk scene, with my band, the Readymades. Before that I was in a band called the Avengers and we played with Blondie. I was there at the last Sex Pistols concert. That’s where I got the Sid Vicious picture that’s in one of the boxes. And we played with Talking Heads and the Stranglers. But I didn’t always pull my camera out. I was actually pretty good friends with the Clash, but I don’t know, somehow I just felt it was inappropriate to pull my camera out. The same thing happened with Alex Chilton. I never felt like I should ask ‘Hey can I take some pictures?’ I took one later, and that’s the one shot I have of him. After doing that I moved to NYC and I wound up getting a position at the SOHO weekly news, and every week I was shooting somebody. I was out every night being friends with people.

Sam Phillips
  • Jonathan Postal
  • Sam Phillips

Why not just display your photographs, your digital prints, as they are?

My dilemma was I walked in Jay Etkin Gallery for my last show and looked at my show and I thought ‘I wouldn't pay $1500 dollars for these. I wouldn't pay over $100 for these.’ Because they're digital prints and in my mind, just a digital print alone is not worth that much money. You’ve put it into your computer and generated it from your computer and part of the value of photography is how many editions there are of the print and how was the print made. I’ve talked to people who say it doesn't matter, but I can't see how it wouldn't matter.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Party in the Name of All the People Who Died

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 4:59 PM


The opening reception for Jonathan Postal’s exhibition, All the People Who Died, is tonight at The Robinson Gallery from 6-9 p.m. Check back in tomorrow for an interview with Postal and be sure to stop by the event tonight, or make an appointment to see the exhibit, Monday through Saturday by calling 521-0400 or 871-1998.

The Robinson Gallery, 44 Huling Avenue, 521-0400

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Art as Language

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Teachers noticed Joey Evangelisti’s incredible artistic skill when he was just a young boy. Though unable to communicate verbally — Joey is autistic — he uses visual art to express a variety of experiences and fascinations. His talent is what is known as a “splinter skill”— a remarkable capacity or genius in a certain domain, primarily associated with Autism.

Joey Evangelisti, Iron Horse Gold Key
  • Joey Evangelisti, Iron Horse Gold Key

While in school at Richland Elementary, Joey drew a mural of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which was submitted and put on display at the Macy’s in New York and later at the Nashville Metropolitan Airport. “One of the things that was interesting, and the Macy’s people noticed,” says Joe Evangelisti, Joey’s father, “is when he did a whole rendition of the parade from beginning to end, he included a lot of details that normally someone would not notice. In fact, the people at Macy’s said that the only people who would notice [these things] would be the people who produced the parade. He sees all that.”
Joey Evangelisti, Train Fused
  • Joey Evangelisti, Train Fused

Joey Evangelisti, Trolley
  • Joey Evangelisti, Trolley

Joey Evangelisti, Trains Lined Up
  • Joey Evangelisti, Trains Lined Up

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Broad Horizons

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Broad Avenue is the site of a burgeoning art scene, featuring an eclectic mix of fine arts, metal works, crafts, and junkyard sculptures. And this Friday, July 23, is the perfect time to witness the surge of talent, at the inaugural Broad Avenue Summer Art Jam. The festivities are free and open to the public and will last from 6 to 9 p.m. all along Broad between Collins and Hollywood.

Although the district has had art festivals in the past, this is the first event with music and dance workshops as well. Collage Dance Collective, a contemporary dance group, will be giving live demonstrations and teaching attendees some basic dance moves— you know, like this:

Tiffany Glen, principal dancer and choreographer, Collage Dance Collective
  • Tiffany Glen, principal dancer and choreographer, Collage Dance Collective

Just kidding. The dance moves will be a tad less advanced, and appropriate for all ages. Plus, there will be a ton of participation opportunities at the Junk Jam Session, where the Junk Jam Team, led by local musician James Sexton, will play a percussion-based sculpture. The sculpture, including an oversized xylophone and trashcan drums, was crafted by this summer's Junkyard campers and is comprised of 100 percent recycled materials. (For more information on the Junkyard Camp for Kids, check out Mary Cashiola’s coverage here and here.)

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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

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

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bleed Bleu, Blanc et Rouge

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Prise de la Bastille
  • Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houël
  • Prise de la Bastille

Happy Bastille Day, art lovers! Take this opportunity to revisit the work of some of your favorite French artists.

The Dixon Gallery has an extensive collection of French Impressionists like Chagall and Cezanne, as well as the work of more obscure French artists like Jean-Louis Forain (the Dixon is now a major international repository of Forain’s work.)

And in honor of Bastille Day, the Brooks Museum is offering a guided tour of its French collection tomorrow, Thursday, July 15th at 6 p.m.. Follow it up with a tasting of French wines at 6:30 and a screening of Mondovino at 7:30. For reservations, call 544-6242.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Sneak Peek: Dress the Derby

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Last night, Halley Johnson and I went to a small printing party at VINI and got a chance to see the dirty printmaking in action. There were woodblocks:


And screen prints:

And I even got to make my own t-shirt:

Here it is coming out of the dryer:

I asked Joseph how long they would stay up making prints last night, and he said, "Until we collapse. Or get too drunk." I don't know how many prints that amounted to in the end, but if you want one, I'm pretty sure you can get one. Come out tonight and snag yourself a one-of-a-kind derby print!

Friday, July 9th, 9 p.m. at VINI Gallery, 423 North Watkins.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Printin' Dirty

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 10:00 AM

The Dirty Printmakers of America are coming to your town! A printing party and fashion show is in the works this Friday at VINI Gallery.


“We’ll have six different printmakers from across the way,” says Joseph Velasquez, veteran printmaker and one of the event’s organizers. “I’ve got a couple of people from Chicago, Minneapolis, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, and New York and we’re all converging there at the VINI gallery.”
Velasquez with one of his prints.
  • Velasquez with one of his prints.

They’ll be printing up the woodblocks, carved with Derby-themed designs, on t-shirts and other garments, and also on paper. The Roller Derby girls will model the printed garments at a fashion show and art exhibit, where posters and garments will be on sale, with 50% of the proceeds benefiting the Memphis Roller Derby.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Human Traces

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Now open at the David Lusk Gallery, Tim Crowder’s “Building a Proper Wall” is a surreal—at times bleak, at times playfully ironic— look at a psychological landscape.

Playful Nature
  • Tim Crowder, oil, enamel & embroidery on paper, 22x30
  • Playful Nature

Crowder does not use human figures in these paintings, though there are traces of their existence: in the walls and fences and houses they’ve crafted. Instead of a human face for his personal experiences and feelings of alienation, Crowder opts for animals and animal shapes.

“Animals, I like them because they aren’t so specific,” says Crowder. “You paint a person and it means something different. You’ve painted a portrait or you’ve painted a type of person — either young or old, or something you may not intend to. But with animals they’re a little bit more open to interpretation.”

Free to Go
  • Tim Crowder, oil, enamel & embroidery on paper, 22x30
  • Free to Go

The exhibit runs from July 6th to July 31st at David Lusk Gallery.

David Lusk Gallery, 4540 Poplar Avenue, 767-3800,


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