Interview with John Powers

No.87

By Denise Stewart-Sanabria

Denise Stewart Sanabria Locus Revenant

Locus Revenant

 

When you entered the Knoxville Museum of Art’s main entrance during the exhibition Contemporary Focus 2016: John Powers (May 6 – August 7, 2016), you could already hear the sounds emanating from the gallery space. The sounds were not unlike something coming from a vintage horror movie: the voices of the damned as they entered an endless inferno, or the screams and moans of the banshees. The reason for the lack of any discernible words became obvious when you saw the source of the sound- dozens of metal rods rotating inside the mechanized arms of a massive wooden sculpture. Powers’ installation consisted of the kinetic sculpture, Locus (2015), made from oak, poplar, aspen, steel, brass, plastic and electric motor, Revenant (2014), video projection, and Omphalos (2010), carved marble and feathers.

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Location Location Location

No.87

By Mike Calway-Fagen

Tennessee Locatio Location Location

For much of the Southern creative community, finding allies engaged in similarly intensive studio curiosities, research, and production can be exceedingly difficult. Of course, these metrics are subjective and some, they are wrong in my opinion, would claim that the South is teeming with artists toeing the lines of their field.

Tennessee, a true bastion of certain forms of creative output, has never quite scrapedtogether a sense of solidarity amongst its visual artists. It, in large part, has been left up to individual artists to sort out their support systems and communities with little to no infrastructure, governmental, or institutional assistance.

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The Moon is a Tomato: Visiting Dolph Smith at Tennarkippi

No.87

By: Eileen Townsend

The Moon is a Tomato Photo Dolph Smith

 

Before I knew Dolph Smith, I knew about his home. It’s named Tennarkippi, so-called for Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi, the tri-states where Smith has spent his life as a teacher, painter, paper-maker, bookmaker, and woodworker. Tennarkippi is located in Ripley, Tennessee. It is a slate-grey house with lots of books inside and a pond and a gravel drive, down the road from farmland and tomato stands.

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McLean Fahnestock: Over the Horizon

No.87

By: Anthony J. Morris

Anthony Morris Morris St. Clare of Burbank

McLean St. Clare of Burbank

 

Video and digital media artist McLean Fahnestock is a prodigal daughter of Tennessee who spent a decade in California before her return in 2014. She began her career as an artist working sculpturally with found objects. She created installations of asphalt slabs supported by champagne flutes to generate a tension in which the viewer senses that the work will destroy itself, that the glass will break and the slabs will fall.

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Cover Artist interview with Mae Aur

No.86
Interview By Sara Estes

Eye of the Storm, wood, paint, 240” x 156” x 3"

Eye of the Storm, wood, paint, 240” x 156” x 3″

Mae Aur is an artist living and working in Memphis, TN. Her painting, Give Her Space Give Her Time, appeared on the cover of Number:86.

Much of your work blurs the line between 2-D and 3-D. How do you describe your art in your own words?

I can’t paint and I can’t draw, but I can cut out shapes and mold forms. Basically, I’m a sculptor trying to make paintings.

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