Mellow Mountain Coalition: Born to Hula

by - January 08, 2015

Glitch is beyond excited to have Mellow Mountain Coalition:  Born to Hula at the gallery this month! Please join us for the first show of 2015.  It's going to be great!

Mellow Mountain Coalition is Tad Lauritzen Wright and Hamlett Dobbins working collaboratively.

The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, January 23 from 6-11 pm.

The show will run through Friday, February 6th.  The gallery will be open by appointment only.  Appointments can be made by contacting Adam Farmer. 

Glitch is located at 2180 Cowden in Midtown Memphis.

In the spring of 2008 Hamlett and Tad bought two nice, big Holbein sketchbooks to share. In the spirit of friendship they traded these books back and forth for many years. One of them would start a drawing, laying down a riff, and the other would respond following the other’s lead.  From time to time they would meet in Hamlett’s studio to paint and visit.  In 2010 Mellow Mountain Coalition was included in a group show of collaborative work, We Like Each Other, at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska and in 2013 they were in Co-lab at Kevin Mitchell’s Nu Gallery on Broad and in All My Rowdy Friends at Mark Nowell’s Rozelle Warehouse.  That same year Mellow Mountain Coalition were shown at the Leu Art Gallery at Belmont University in Nashville.  When Hamlett returned from Rome in August of 2014, he and Tad began meeting more regularly.  Once the kids are dropped off at school the two hole up in the sweet little studio behind Tad's house.  They listen to loud music, tell each other inappropriate stories, and paint together.  The work in the show at Glitch is the work they’ve made in the last five months. 

A native of Tennessee, Hamlett Dobbins spent most of his life in Memphis.  He has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artists Grant, and an ArtsMemphis Accelerator Grant.  He has shown his work throughout the region as well as abroad.  For the last fifteen years Dobbins has been active in the art community in Memphis working as a curator, a writer, and a teacher.  From 2001 to 2013 he was the director of the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College where he also taught.  From 2004 to 2013 he ran a non-commercial alternative space called Material where he provided exhibition opportunities for nearly a hundred artists.  In 2013 he was awarded the Rome Prize and spent eleven months as a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. 

Tad Lauritzen Wright grew up in San Angelo, Texas consuming rodeo, punk rock, playboy, cheap beer, shotguns, cartoons, farm trucks, skateboarding, Mexican border towns, and junkyard culture.  Art came in the form of crappy posters won at the rodeo carnival ring toss, velvet posters of heavy metal bands, and handmade cowboy boots.  Art did not exist until he was surrounded by high school stoners making homemade bongs.  Lauritzen Wright saw a teacup covered in fur in a picture in art class and thought he could make art if that was really art.  He have learned a great deal more about art but has stayed connected to his own history. His work has been shown extensively throughout the United States including venues like the Katonah Museum of Art in New York, the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Scope Miami, Art LA, Bridge Chicago, and Pulse NYC.  Recent exhibitions have included Cheryl Hazan Gallery in New York, David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, and at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles.

All images Mellow Mountain Coalition, Untitled, ~15x12”, 2014.

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