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Massa Lemu’s The sea hums bearing strange gifts

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Massa Lemu’s The sea hums bearing strange gifts

By Chase Westfall     Massa Lemu’s The sea hums bearing strange gifts (May 10–24, 2018, Oakwood Arts, Richmond, Va.) brings objects, moving image and language together in a complex meditation on the emotional and psychological experience of displacement. Video footage and materials from Lemu’s native Malawi are carefully blended into the site and history…

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Review: Yanique Norman’s Lessons on How to Be a More Interesting Woman

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Review: Yanique Norman’s Lessons on How to Be a More Interesting Woman

By Catherine Rush     Yanique Norman’s exhibition, Lessons on How to Be a More Interesting Woman, on display in the South Gallery at the municipally-owned Gallery 72 in downtown Atlanta, draws inspiration from a set of poems by Safiya Sinclair, Notes on the State of Virginia, I-III. In her statement, Norman claims the exhibition…

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Review: The Hunter Invitational IV

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Review: The Hunter Invitational IV

By Casey Fletcher     The fourth incarnation of the Hunter Invitational at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga was sold to me by a close friend as one of the more engaging exhibits that the museum has run in some time. The collection of eight working artists invited by the Hunter’s contemporary…

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Review: It Takes a While to Figure Out Who You Really Are

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Review: It Takes a While to Figure Out Who You Really Are

By Ash Smith     Situated in the shadow of a few shiny high-rises near downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Lump hangs low key with a gradual gray A-frame and red plastic letters LUMP below its gable—but inconsequential it is not. As a North Carolina born-and-raised artist who went to school in Chapel Hill, this space…

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What Was When, A show by McKay House and Utam Moses

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What Was When, A show by McKay House and Utam Moses

By Bridget Bailey Mild Climate Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee August 4 to September 30, 2018   Dance shows in art galleries are revered by many as unique in their ability to enliven space, to create a special temporality, and bring new life to otherwise mostly bodiless relics of making. One time I said to my cousin,…

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Versa: Kirby Miles and Alyssa Klauer’s “reversing to nowhere”

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Versa: Kirby Miles and Alyssa Klauer’s “reversing to nowhere”

By Catherine Rush     “It just feels gross,” says Stephanie Loggans, one of the six members of the VERSA team, with a shrug turning to Dylan Pew, another VERSA member. The two sit across the booth from me at San Marcos, a Guatemalan restaurant in Chattanooga. Dylan nods along. “Gross,” is their shared sentiment…

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Screen Door

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Screen Door

by Jodi Hays Tops Gallery Memphis, Tennessee July 21 – September 9, 2018   Gleaming metal ductwork, glossy white floors and ceilings, dingy cement walls, perfectly appointed lighting — Memphis’s Tops Gallery is a revelation. Screen Door, curated by Hunter Braithwaite, presents four painters: Anne Craven, EJ Hauser, Dana Frankfort, and Margeaux Ogden. Screen doors…

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Inheritance: A Lineage of Black Art Exhibition Review

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Inheritance: A Lineage of Black Art Exhibition Review

By Mary Phan (Web Article)     On January 11, The Collective, a Memphis-based group of black creatives, hosted their inaugural exhibition, Inheritance: A Lineage of Black Art, at their new exhibition space, The CMPLX. Curated by Lawrence Matthews and Grace Stewart, the exhibition is on display until February 1, on which date the artists…

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Untitled (Flood), 2007 Barbaby Furnas Chaos and Awe

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Untitled (Flood), 2007 Barbaby Furnas Chaos and Awe

by Laura Hutson Hunter Frist Art Museum, June 22 – September 16, 2018 I thought Stanley Kubrick’s elevator scene in The Shining had ruined blood-soaked picture frames for everyone else, but that was before I saw the Barnaby Furnas painting Untitled (Flood) at the Frist Art Museum. Now, it is the Furnas flood that will…

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Drips, Cracks, Evidence: Contemporary Notions of the Sublime

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Drips, Cracks, Evidence: Contemporary Notions of the Sublime

by Kevin Mahoney Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century is an exhibition of works by nearly forty artists at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Curated by the museum’s Chief Curator, Mark Scala, the majority of works in the show tend to illustrate a very specific notion of the sublime. Many of…

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