Fine Arts Building Gallery (UT Martin) / 16 Mt. Pelia Rd., Martin, TN January 17, 2017 - January 28, 2017

Josh Breeden (St Francis Elevator Ride)

"St Francis Elevator Ride (the artist occasionally known as Josh Breeden) was born, reared and educated in the great state of Tennessee. He received his BFA in graphic design from the University of Tennessee at Martin before defecting to Memphis. By day, he earns his keep as a designer at local creative agency, Loaded For Bear. By night, he maintains an exhaustive procession of freelance projects because he can’t turn off his brain.

SFER’s body of work blurs the line between design and fine art, incorporating both commercial and experimental elements. The artist has always been drawn to a type of faux nostalgia for lives not his own: grainy photos of atomic families posed in cigarette ads, impossibly clean typefaces from Mid-Century tool and die catalogs, offset prints with taut halftones that hint at stories hiding just below the surface. He primarily composes in pixels these days, creating digital collage illustrations and animated gifs, but his truest loves are texture-laden mixed media adventures, hand-screened prints on paper and fabrics, and analog collages."