Reviews

The CMPLX: Art & Community Empowerment

The CMPLX: Art & Community EmpowermentBy Pete Hoffecker Mejía   Work by Lawrence Matthews in Safe-Keeping exhibition, 2019, photograph. Image courtesy of Pete Hoffecker Mejía.     In early January of this year a new gallery opened its doors on Lamar Avenue in Memphis, ...

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

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 – ...

Quilt Making

Quilt Makingby Judith Dierkes   Stitched, Celebrating the Art of Quilting at Crosstown Arts in Memphis is a summer exhibition comprised of two shows, Masterworks and Blue, on display May 10 – July 28, 2019, around which a significant amount of ...

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

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

Review: Tributaries: Jill Baker Gower – Reflection

Review: Tributaries: Jill Baker Gower – ReflectionBy Katie Lothrop     Consumer culture dictates identity, for goods are not purchased for functional satisfaction alone. Rather, they can be procured as a means of establishing status. Artist Jill Baker Gower uses lace and brooch-like ...

Review: Crosstown Arts: Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis presented by Delta Axis and Locate Arts

Review: Crosstown Arts: Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis presented by Delta Axis and Locate Arts    On February 15, Delta Axis and Locate Arts/Seed Space selected Memphis artist Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis, who practices outside of Tennessee, to exhibit their work together as a collaborative exploration of materiality and ...

Review: Life, Love and Marriage Chests in Renaissance Italy

Review: Life, Love and Marriage Chests in Renaissance ItalyBy Bridget Bailey     Frist Art Museum, November 16, 2018–February 18, 2019   This past winter the Frist mounted the exhibit Life, Love, and Marriage Chests, centered around the craft of cassoni, marriage chests constructed from ...

Camera Obscura: Aaron Suggs at Tops Gallery

Camera Obscura: Aaron Suggs at Tops GalleryBy 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’ ...

Defiant Reticence in Santina Amato’s Dis-rupted

Defiant Reticence in Santina Amato’s Dis-ruptedBy 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 ...