Tom Lee: Sheer Delight

 Sheer Delight, installation in various parts, Tom Lee, 2013
Photo by Chip Pankey, courtesy of the artist

 Sheer Delight, installation in various parts, Tom Lee, 2013
Photo by Chip Pankey, courtesy of the artist

Clough Hanson Gallery is pleased to present

Tom Lee: Sheer Delight
September 6 - October 11

Opening reception:
Friday, September 6, 6-8pm
Free lecture by the artist Thursday, September 5, 7pm at
Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall on the Rhodes College campus

Contact: Joel Parsons, Director
Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College
parsonsj@rhodes.edu/901.843.3442

As delicate as it is violent, and containing as much of Tom Lee's wit as it does his bite, Sheer Delight both comforts and confronts. Lee presents an entirely new body of work, deftly crafted with the particulars of Clough-Hanson Gallery in mind. When confronted by the floor-to-ceiling windows that occupy a large portion of the walls, Lee joked "I'll have to make curtains." As is often the case in Lee's work, it's difficult to find the line between the humorous and the serious. Lee did make curtains, in addition to large, hand-turned wooden posts, immense cut-paper doilies, and 3D-printed sculptural wall pieces. The opaque blinds that normally cover the windows have been removed, allowing natural light to filter through Lee's gauzy window coverings. Visitors are encouraged to experience the installation at various points throughout the day, as the character of the space shifts dramatically with the changing light. 

Tom Lee has been teaching at the Memphis College of Art since 1989. He received his BFA in art from Montana State University and completed his graduate work at the University of Mississippi. He has had solo exhibitions at the Mississippi Art Museum, Arkansas State Museum, Delta State University and the Power House. His work is in the collection of the Brooks Museum and he has received individual artist grants from both the Tennessee and Mississippi Art Commissions.

Clough-Hanson Gallery is located inside Clough Hall on the Rhodes College campus. The gallery is open from 11am until 5pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Admission to the gallery is always free.



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