Distilled: The Narrative Transformed

by - May 15, 2018


Crosstown Arts is pleased to present Distilled: The Narrative Transformed, a retrospective from artist Pinkney Herbert, from May 26 through July 4. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 from 6-9 pm at Crosstown Arts in Crosstown Concourse, and Herbert will present an artist talk on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 pm.

This exhibition features 30 years of work by Herbert, tracking his transition from narrative beginnings through the development of a personal abstract vocabulary that both thrills and seduces the viewer.

Herbert’s work will be on display in Crosstown Arts’ East and West Galleries in their new space at Crosstown Concourse (1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280).

Since 2008, Herbert has divided his time between Memphis and New York, which has inspired what he describes as “a sense of exploration and a certain amount of nervous energy in my paintings and drawings.”

“My intent is to allow for the funky, raw history of Memphis to collide with the frenetic energy of New York City. This dichotomy fires my intuitive impulses, allowing them to surface and meet head​-on in an ever-changing conflict​ between the emotional and the cerebral,” Herbert says.

A Charlotte, North Carolina, native, Herbert moved to Memphis for college, receiving his BA from Rhodes College and his MFA from the University of Memphis. Herbert’s work has been displayed in numerous national and international collections and in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and the Arkansas Arts Center, among others.

Herbert is the president of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts-France (a residency program in Auvillar, France) and has served on that board since 2009. He is also the founding director of Marshall Arts, an alternative gallery, performance, and studio space he established in Memphis in 1992.

He has taught painting and drawing at Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis College of Art locally, as well as the University of Georgia Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, and also at the Penland School of Crafts, the Arrowmont School, the Telluride School of Painting.

In addition to Herbert’s Distilled exhibition at Crosstown Arts, he’ll also present Arcadia, a new body of work focused on the energetic velocity of New York City, at David Lusk Gallery (97 Tillman) in an opening reception on Friday, May 25 from 6-8 pm. Herbert will present an artist talk for that exhibition at David Lusk on Saturday, June 2 at 11 am.

Crosstown Arts is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to further cultivating the creative community in Memphis. We provide resources and create opportunities and experiences to inspire, support, and connect a diverse range of creative people, projects, and audiences.


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