“Bawlmer” at Crosstown Arts; “And” at David Lusk 

Editor's note: the opening reception for "Bawlmer" has been changed to September 20th, 2 p.m.

It's been a year since Memphis artist and Flyer contributor Dwayne Butcher traded the Bluff City and barbecue for the crab cakes of Baltimore. But Butcher didn't leave his hometown fully behind when he moved into his new digs.

"I knew before I even left town, before I ever moved to Baltimore, that I was going to have a show at Crosstown Arts during this time period," says Butcher, who says he used his planned  "Bawlmer" show as a way to introduce himself to the art scene in Baltimore and set up a cultural exchange between two cities that he describes as being more alike than different.

"This was a way for me to force myself on people in Baltimore," Butcher says. "This was a good way for me to meet all of the people I thought I needed to meet."

click to enlarge A piece by Greely Myatt
  • A piece by Greely Myatt

"Bawlmer" features pieces by a half-dozen East Coast artists working in a variety of mediums.

"The humor in the work really stood out to me," says Butcher.

Humor has always been a key component of Memphis artist Greely Myatt's work, and so it is once again with "and," his fall sculpture exhibit at David Lusk Gallery. This time around, he's also playing with light and "visual closure," the brain's tendency to fill in the blanks so that we see complete images when only part of an image is shown.

Myatt wondered briefly if the talking balloons and thought bubbles that populated his work had become too ubiquitous, since they were everywhere from mobile phone messaging to the comic books that ate Hollywood. With "and," he finds new ways to revisit old visual themes. He also begins to consider punctuation marks as abstract design.

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.


Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

We Saw You

Stumbling Santa, Crosstown Concourse, Red Boa Ball and more!

Intermission Impossible

Family Business: A Capote Christmas From Voices of the South

Hungry Memphis

PETA At It Again

News Blog

Report: Memphis Internet Slowest in the Country

Beyond the Arc

Bah Humbug! Memphis Should Have Seen Joakim Noah Coming

Hungry Memphis

The Vault Unlocks New Menu

News Blog

Memphis Man Gets Eight Years for Selling Heroin

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Chris Davis

Readers also liked…

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2018

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation