Fantastic Lies & Electric Revival: Lester Merriweather


Nothing More Than Feelings, detail, collage on board, 24"x18", 2012-13


Material is excited to announce its one hundredth exhibition, Lester Julian Merriweather: Fantastic Lies & Electric Revival.

Fantastic Lies & Electric Revival will run for one night only on Friday, May 31st from 6-8 pm.

Material is located at 2553 Broad Avenue. Parking is available on both the north and south sides of Broad Avenue.

Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) attended Jackson State University before earning his MFA from Memphis College of Art. He later participated in the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions locally, nationally, & abroad over the past 15 years, including the Studio Museum in Harlem NYC, the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland and the Dixon Gallery here in Memphis. Through his roles as curatorial director of the Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis, & member of the boards of directors at Number, Inc. & artsMemphis’ Artists Advisory Council, Merriweather continues to contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Memphis.

About the show the artist writes: “This exhibition marks a return to the idea of painting as a primary vehicle from an 11-year absence. The works in Fantastic Lies & Electric Revival are rooted in cut-paper collage, but primarily consist of paint-based materials on canvas & board substrates. FL&ER is intended to be an exercise in nontraditional abstraction & a departure from recent, more formal collage works.”

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