THE FOCUS

Featured Exhibition: The Collective Presents LIBERATION (Curated by Lawrence Matthews) on view February 23- March 24, 2018 at Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN I feel like many times as 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 representative of black people. Our experiences and ideas must be filtered through a lens of blackness and preexisting ideas...

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NOTE: This is the first feature in a new blog series we've begun called "Selects". This is a space where we will publish online-only art exhibitions. We're pleased to kick off this new series with a show curated by Huntsville, Alabama based artist Brian Edmonds. Brian Edmonds: Curatorial Statement I selected these artists because of their use of various materials and methods to create a sense of place or environment. Each is exploring their medium in their own distinct way....

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Ashley Layendecker: How long have you been making this type of work and why? Dwayne Butcher: I used to spend so much time thinking about color; the right color. I would think about the color and the color matching the phrase. Then some people didn't like the color but liked the phrase. When we moved to Baltimore, I was working on a show and we moved across the street from the Baltimore Museum of Art, the BMA. They had a...

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