JACK SPENCER: NEW PHOTOGRAPHY AND SCULPTURE
David Lusk Gallery Nashville / 516 Hagan St., #100 October 12, 2021 - November 13, 2021
Legendary photographer Jack Spencer is best known for his portraiture and scenes of the American South. His manipulated photographs, while reminiscent of paintings by American realist artist Edward Hopper, possess profound tranquility and spiritual presence. His most recent series uses the entire nation as source material, originating as a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Through 13 years, 48 states, and 80,000 miles, Spencer constructed an immense visual archive of wild and sublime landscapes, straightforward small-town storefronts, and scenes from everyday life. His works radiate a sensory magnetism wherein eerie fog, blistering heat, and humid breezes are not only seen but felt. Spencer’s images reveal that the mythical “frontier” of America--at once vast and mundane, diverse and mysterious, beautiful and damned--is still alive and present.
Jack Spencer was born in Mississippi and resides in Nashville. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in United States, Germany, and Mexico. Monographs of his work have been published by the University of Texas, LSU, and Vanderbilt Press and 21st Editions. His work is featured in the collections of Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; The Brookings Institute, Fairfax, VA; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; Emory University, Atlanta, GA; First Tennessee Bank, Lebanon, TN; Goldman Sachs & Company, Memphis, TN Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC; Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX; Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS Morris Museum, Augusta, GA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH; Pearl Corporation, Tokyo, Japan; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Atlanta, GA, and the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN.