Work by Chloe York at James Lee House
Works by MCA alumna Chloe York are currently featured at the James Lee House, 690 Adams Ave. The exhibition will continue on view in the Gibson Gallery through , with a reception on
York received her BFA with a concentration in painting from Memphis College of Art in 2012, and currently works for the college as the community education assistant. She resides in Memphis with husband and fellow MCA alumnus Eric Quick, a local illustrator and sculptor.
Known for her paintings with colorful and energetic patterns, York’s work questions societal aesthetic standards and encourages the viewer to consider different perspectives of beauty. “My goal is to visually change objects and forms deemed ugly or untouchable by society, appeasing society’s standard of beauty. My strong use of pattern and decorating suit this idea—adding visual interest to the flatness and simplicity of pieces while also maintaining focus on aspects of strong ornamentation. This allows exploration of what beauty is and what makes something pleasing to the eye.”
The James Lee House was the original home of the Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art.) After undergoing an extensive renovation and reopening in 2014 as an upscale bed and breakfast, owners Jose and Jennifer Velazquez invited MCA to exhibit work in the home as a way of paying homage to the history of the house. Exhibitions in the Gibson Gallery feature work by MCA students, faculty and staff under the curatorial direction of MCA professor Maritza Davila.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from
Photo: Chloe York, The Decorator XXVIII, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 48”