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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Southern Art? tonight at GSU

A collaborative painting by John Tindel and Michi Meko
  • A collaborative painting by John Tindel and Michi Meko
The unfortunate stuff that immediately passes for "Southern Art" - moonlight and magnolias, religious kitsch, and so forth - has been leaning on some tired clichés for, oh, more than a few decades now. The term "Southern Art" often does more to evoke nostalgia (or the creeps) for a mythologically-idealized Southern past than to describe anything relevant or fresh. With that in mind, there is something bold about the curatorial statement for Southern Art?, a group show opening at the Ernest G. Welch Gallery tonight.

The statement simply asks, "Does simply living in the South make one a "Southern Artist?" If one makes work about a particular location in the South, or engages in Bible belt philosophies or focuses on issues of racism and the legacies of the plantation economy, are they then a "Southern Artsit?" Can an artist successfully utilize a Southern stereotype without the risk of being misunderstood? Are ideas about the South shaped by insiders or imposed by outsiders?"

Curators Teressa Bramlette Reeves and Ben Goldman selected work from a number of talented locals, including Joey Orr of John Q, Stephanie Dowda and John Paul Floyd, Lisa Tuttle, Radcliffe Bailey, and more. Check out a few pieces from the show after the jump before heading to the gallery at 7 pm tonight.

John Paul Floyd and Stephanie Dowda
  • John Paul Floyd and Stephanie Dowda

Michi Meko, Limbic System
  • Michi Meko, "Limbic System"

Lisa Tuttle
  • Lisa Tuttle

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