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Queer Reverb: 50 States Upholds and Upends LGBTQIA + Historical Narrative

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Queer Reverb: 50 States Upholds and Upends LGBTQIA + Historical Narrative

  By Jessica Borusky   I write this review on June 30th, 2019. Pride Month. Celebrated in June to commemorate (sans Vodka ads) the Stonewall Rebellion in New York – an event that occurred in the early morning of June 28th, 1969 – and widely considered to be the beginning of collective visibility for the…

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Review: Safe-Keeping – An Exploration of Mass Incarceration and the Black Family at The CMPLX

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Review: Safe-Keeping – An Exploration of Mass Incarceration and the Black Family at The CMPLX

By Pete Hoffecker Mejía     The CMPLX in Memphis, Tennessee, is fast becoming a spot for exhibitions that consistently challenge and provoke the viewer. Operated by The Collective (CLTV), this group of Black artists and culture workers have utilized their combined energies to create a space for the uplifting of critical voices that reflect…

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Camera Obscura: Aaron Suggs at Tops Gallery

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Camera Obscura: Aaron Suggs at Tops Gallery

By Mary Phan     A camera obscura, in its most basic form, is a lightbox. It has often been used as a rudimentary tracing tool, a way for artists to capture the details and geometry of their subjects in light and space. Aaron Suggs’ exhibition, Camera Obscura, at Tops Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee, is…

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Memphis on the Upswing: The 2019 ArtsAccelerator Grant Winners

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Memphis on the Upswing: The 2019 ArtsAccelerator Grant Winners

by Clay Palmer     Since 2013, ArtsMemphis has awarded grants to working visual artists in Shelby County to support them at a critical juncture in their practice. By doing so, ArtsMemphis encourages growth and artistic development for Memphis as a region and focuses on creating an environment focused on progress and enrichment of the…

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Defiant Reticence in Santina Amato’s Dis-rupted

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Defiant Reticence in Santina Amato’s Dis-rupted

By Lisa Williamson     Wearing a long-sleeved tomato red shirt with matching leggings pushed up to her knees, a woman walks quietly through the door carrying a bucket of discoloured water bending under its own weight. Her bare feet pad across the cold concrete in deliberate steps as she makes her way to the…

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Conversation with Chen Wang

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Conversation with Chen Wang

By Lisa Williamson     Chen Wang is a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (MFA 2018 in Photography and Related Media) and a current Artist-in-Residence at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tennessee. Wang is steadily growing her national and international success with exhibitions and screenings throughout the United States (Wisconsin, New York and…

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A Frolicsome Journey Through Harmon’s Make-a-Do

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A Frolicsome Journey Through Harmon’s Make-a-Do

By Lisa Williamson     The title of a show is our introduction to the artist’s work, the selling point to the end-product, an enticement to tease the imagination prior to entering a space or experience. In the case of Erin Harmon, the title is a loose flap that intermittently reveals hints of a self-generative…

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Color Meditations – A Reliquary

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Color Meditations – A Reliquary

By Sue Fox     Times are tough. Everything seems difficult and downright frustrating…politics, the environment, social media, traffic. The constant push to go faster, smarter, and more efficient is taking me to a tipping point. I make art to escape the hard, to embrace a moment with the simplicity and complexity of color, and…

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A Review of Jefferson Pinder: Thin Skin/Shock Layer

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A Review of Jefferson Pinder: Thin Skin/Shock Layer

by Clay Palmer     For a show with only four pieces, Jefferson Pinder’s Thin Skin/Shock Layer is anything but sparse in terms of content. The layering of social critique, historical references, and multiple mediums lends for a densely-packed exhibition that introduces a jarring amount of information to absorb. Major themes that these works present…

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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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