The Wrong Stuff 

During the gallery's brief existence, the shows at the Wrong Again Gallery — opening the second exhibit of its second season on Friday with a work by St. Louis artist Tom Reed — have been marked by misunderstandings, technical glitches, outright drunkenness, and odd happenstance. All of which has made Wrong Again founder Greely Myatt not the least bit circumspect but amused, if not downright pleased.     "It's all a joke," he explains.     Indeed, the Wrong Again Gallery is a joke based on a joke. The gallery is essentially a door to dead space outside of Myatt's studio on Marshall. It is inspired by the Wrong Gallery, an artspace and art project in the Chelsea Art District in New York from 2002 to 2005 that was nothing more than a door. (One of its artworks was a "closed" sign.)     Myatt had been wanting to do something similar with his own door to nowhere and its two inches of floor space, and when the Houston-based Art Guys had a show nearby, he decided to make it happen. The resulting show, "The Meronomic Antinomy of the Trans-Finite Realm (She's a Brick House)," set the tone. The Art Guys had written down March for the show date when it was really May. Then the date was set for April Fool's Day with the season to run through Halloween. Because of the date mix-up, the artists would attend the opening via Skype, now standard for all Wrong Again openings.     As to the crowd mingling with the artist on Skype, how does that work? "It doesn't," says Myatt, with a laugh, listing all the things that have gone awry, from flat-out no-shows and cellphone malfunctions to the one artist who appeared promptly and then slid out of view too drunk to continue.

At Friday's opening, Reed will be showing Black Mountain, a multimedia work of graphite black paper, colored paper, and wood. It shows a mountain with flags at the top representing "superheroes" of folk art, including Howard Finster, Joe Yoakum, Sam Smith, and Daniel Johnston. From the artist's statement: "Black Mountain is a tribute to those who do it wrong." Opening reception for Tom Reed's "Black Mountain" at the Wrong Again Gallery inside Marshall Arts, Friday, July 27th, 6-8 p.m.

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.



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


The Latest

Letter From The Editor

Farewell to the “Risk-Takers”

Food & Wine

Sink Your Teeth into Bluff City Toffee

Music Features

The Scruffs: Rare Seventies Tracks See Light of Day

Cover Feature

Give Memphis! Great Local Gift Ideas for the Holidays

News Feature

Pros and Cons on Trending Stocks

Politics Feature

Kudos to Lamar

The Rant

Remembering Tommy Pacello


More by Susan Ellis

© 1996-2020

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