Opening Night: 200 Miles Away

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David Lusk Gallery says
Finishing up the summer and heading into fall is “200 Miles Away” at David Lusk Gallery – Memphis. The exhibition consists of five solo exhibitions of works by five Nashville artists. The featured artists are Dane Carder, Beth Foley, Rob Matthews, Hans Schmitt-Matzen, and Kelly S. Williams.

Says Lusk: “Since DLG – Nashville opened in 2014 I’ve been asked frequently “What’s happening in Nashville?” This exhibition strives to answer that question. The five artists represent a broad cross-section in terms of materials, practices, imagery, education, roots, and age. Their common denominator is that they make art 200 miles from Memphis.”

Dane Carder is known for poetic transformations of Civil War photographs. Included here are large paintings depicting 19th century wallpaper patterns and smaller compositions inspired by Daguerreotype cases with ghostly war re-enactors pictured.

Beth Foley’s highly narrative and realistic paintings often focus on crime, scandal, and the dark underpinnings of society. The scenes are culled from headlines and her imagination; her narratives come to life through immaculate details and arresting colors.

The intimate graphite drawings of Rob Matthews pull viewers in with intricate lines and delicate rendering of subject matter. Exhibited are three portraits that function as memorials (his subjects hold a self-representing object) and three intimate landscapes.

Hans Schmitt-Matzen adds some electricity to the show with his neon wall-mounted sculptures. His recent focus has been on scribbled lines, taken to a new level of refinement with the sleek machine-made materials.

Kelly S. Williams presents a new series of abstract spin paintings on panel. The work blends her views of mid-century textiles, pop landscapes, and university colors with geometry and an elementary student’s love of scratching.

David Lusk Gallery’s temporary headquarters is located at 64 Flicker Street in Memphis. The Gallery is open Tu-Fr 10-5:30 and Sat 11-4. For more information or visuals please contact Brittney Shedden at 901-767-3800 or brittney@davidluskgallery.com.
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