The Collective Presents: Liberation

by - February 20, 2018

Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College is pleased to host "The Collective Presents: Liberation" curated by Lawrence Matthews, featuring Terry Lynn, Natalie Eddings, Nubia Yasin, and Desmond Lewis. The exhibition will be on view February 23 - March 24. A panel discussion with the artists will take place on March 13 at 6:00 pm in Blount Auditorium. A closing reception and performance will take place in the gallery on March 23Please note that there is a closing reception rather than an opening reception for this exhibition. Full information for all events can be found here.

Curator Lawrence Matthews says, I feel like many times as a black artists we end up having to carry the weight of black people on our shoulders when creating. The same way many times black people in majority white spaces become unwillingly the representatives of black people. Our experiences and ideas must be filtered through a lens of blackness and preexisting ideas of the black experience to be accepted by others. For this exhibition I wanted to find artists who create work about their experiences using non-traditional approaches to mediums and to the ideas of blackness. I didn’t want to pick work with imagery we are used to seeing from black artists especially in the south. Every artist in this exhibition explores their self through imagery and medium and due to who they are the work becomes inherently black. I wanted to pick artists with contemporary inspirations and ways of exploring who they are even if it doesn’t come off looking like monolithic ideas of blackness.

Located in Clough Hall on the campus of Rhodes College, the gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday11 am - 5 pm. The gallery will be closed March 3-10 for spring break. Admission is always free.

Featured artists:
Nubia Yasin is a Memphis born multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on the narrative of what it is to be Black in America. She began her journey into art through writing, but has since expanded to filmmaking and performance poetry among other things. Nubia Yasin is one of the youngest artists to have work in Elliot Perry’s collection of Black art. Her short films have won awards from Indie Memphis, including Best Sound Design (Squirm, 2017) and Jury’s Special Choice (Spoils, 2017). Along with her filmmaking accomplishments, Yasin is also a decorated spoken word artist, having been awarded nationally and competed in the annual Brave New Voices international poetry contest the last two years.  She creates in an effort to shine a light on the very real black stories that get little to no exposure. 

Natalie Eddings says, I am a local Memphis artist who uses photography to question life, as we know it. Using the camera to depict our ever- inquisitive mind, my work aligns with humanity’s search for truth, light, and beauty. I will earn a Bachelor’s of Fine Art with a concentration in Photography in May 2018.

Terry Lynn  says, Growing up in a tight-knit family,  it was only natural that relatives told stories about growing up in rural communities across the Southeastern US. Those memories and reflections have become my visual vocabulary. In my current body of work I am investigating the complexities of my Southern experience. I want the work to evoke moments of reflection and contemplation about our surroundings.

Desmond Lewis, a sculptor, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Desmond is currently the Studio Technician for the Department of Art + Design at Austin Peay State University.  He received his Bachelor of Science from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee and his Associate of Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He graduated in May 2017 with a Master in Fine Arts in Sculpture from The University of Memphis. At the University of Memphis, he was the recipient of the Graduate Purchase Award from the 34th Annual Student Exhibition at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, while additionally being the recipient of the Tom Stevens Scholarship, Haystack School of Crafts’ Minority Scholarship, and the RiverArts Scholarship. He was also named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis.  Lewis’ work has been exhibited in Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, South Dakota, and Massachusetts. His public work can be found at Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, the City of Lenoir, North Carolina, the City of Hickory, North Carolina, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA (Memphis, TN), NexAir LLC, Stax Musuem of American Soul Music, and Orange Mound (Memphis, TN). His studio is based in Memphis, Tennessee

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