March 17–31, 2017 Opening Reception: March 17, 5-7 pm (Artist Gallery Talk, 6 pm)
Featuring the work of Desmond Lewis, the MFA thesis exhibition Heavy-Ladenexplores the relationship between the often-overlooked industrial contributions of African Americans in the construction of the United States over time and considers the metaphorical characteristics of the materials used.
Lewis's work is driven by the relationship he has with steel and concrete—a physicality and commitment echoed in his everyday experience living in the United States as an African American man. Comprised of carved concrete and forged and fabricated steel sculptures, the exhibition occupies the gallery but also includes a large-scale outdoor piece as well as public work in the Orange Mound community.
This exhibition is supported through the generosity of West Memphis Steel, Orange Mound Gallery, Razorback Concrete, Williams Equipment and Supply, MCR Safety, and Tennessee Sling Center.