Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 11:27 AM

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...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Family Photos

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 9:57 AM

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.


The show is on display at the Wings Gallery at the Wings Cancer Foundation. White's photographs are highly figurative, often of fruit and flowers, and are remarkably similar to paintings, both in coloring and composition. Kuhn's approach is considerably different and plays with very abstract glimpses of movement and light.
  • Ashley Kuhn
  • Blue

  • Ashley Kuhn
  • Marching

  • Ashley Kuhn
  • Hernando

The work will be on display until October 29. For more information or to purchase one of the pieces, contact Sarah Blackburn of Wings Gallery at 901-683-0055 ext.1187.

Wings Gallery, 100 N. Humphreys Blvd,

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM

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.


The event poster says fourteen, but with the addition of Rock Paper Scissors, there will be fifteen vendors in total. Come ready to buy locally made items, from photographs, paintings, pottery, and hand-spun yarn to handcrafted lamps, jewelry, and stationery. Goodnight Gracie Specialty Foods is catering the event.

Meet Your Maker, Friday, September 24, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Jack Robinson Gallery, 44 Huling Avenue, 521-0400

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Book It

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM

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.


Harper's paintings are on shaped canvas, cut to look like books or abstract shapes reminiscent of books. He is particularly interested in the role art books play in our relationship with art. "Not many people acknowledge how much people rely on reproduction in books and prints of famous artwork," says Harper. "In fact a lot of artists know paintings but they've never seen the original. It's kind of a look at art history and how we perceive art."

Some of his work moves towards the abstract, some of it is cleverly representative. "I had a painting with a gutter in it — a gutter is the place where the book is bound, the trough in the center — and lots of art books will put paintings across the gutter and that kind of bothered me. So my first painting was of an El Greco painting. It goes across the gutter and Jesus is right in the middle of the gutter. It's kind of humorous in that regard."

Meg's pieces focus more on the human condition as an open book, using bodies and faces to show the way we express our inner state. Working in bronze, plaster, and mosaic, Meg's pieces add human curves to Harper's sharp, colorful pieces.

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,

Friday, September 10, 2010

26 and Counting

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 5:30 PM

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.)

  • James Carey

  • James Carey

  • James Carey

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Against the Wall

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 12:20 PM

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."


All of the shows involve projecting work onto a screen or wall, and will take place in different locations each time. Jill Wissmiller's show, Magic Meaning Making Machine, is the first of five shows and will take place outside the Orpheum.

"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

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Demographic Design

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 3:30 PM

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.


The show explores common cultural touchstones, which are based on certain "demographics" and so entrenched that they, like the recently bailed-out national banks, are "too big to fail."

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


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