Southfork's First Exhibition and Lecture
Lecture TUESDAY and the Opening in WEDNESDAY
Rain Falls and River Flows
Hawkins Bolden (b. 1914 - d. 2005), a Memphis artist, was left blind at the age of 8 due to a serious head trauma. Bolden, neverthless, showed incredible resourcefulness and creativity, and would gather a variety of discarded objects such as hubcaps, tires, and pinwheels to assemble scarecrows, guardian figures, and abstract assemblages to protect his own backyard. He would use these various objects as flaps to serve as tongues and puncture holes in the pieces to serve as eyes. Bolden claimed to create these figures simply to “keep away the birds”.
Ike E. Morgan (b. early 1960s) suffers from chronic schizophrenia and has lived in a Texas state hospital from the time he was 17 until very recently, now living on his own in his early 50's. Having spent much of his adult life in a state hospital, Morgan's taste in music, language and imagery reflects the 1970's in which he grew up. Painting everyday, Morgan will line up two or three pieces at a time and begin layering and layering paint. He began by painting the very familiar portrait of President George Washington found on one dollar bills. Morgan later branched out to include other presidents and, perhaps most notably, the Mona Lisa in his practice, all images that he found in traveling books available at the hospital.