THE FOCUS

"A sewing needle pierces through threads, creating holes and separating material. This activity straddles the line between construction and deconstruction. The pulling apart and separation of threads is necessary in the creation of new forms." Virginia Griswold, Studio Visit, 2019. (photo: Tracy Treadwell) "My work incorporates and appropriates objects and artifacts. I remain attentive to the gap between the previous existence of an object or material versus how it exists presently, even posing the question of what it could become." Virginia...

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Emily Bivens was raised in southern Louisiana. Her childhood bedroom was set apart from her family on the far side of an old house under which a large colony of armadillos would root and cavort all night. Emily Bivens, Studio Visit, June 2019 (photo: Tracy Treadwell) Emily Bivens, Studio Visit, June 2019 (photo: Tracy Treadwell) Bivens studied biology, later switching to art when she realized that there are limits to what science can explain. Bivens has had exhibitions and performances...

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I search: For pattern and color and shape and line and margin For nature intermingling with architecture For that altered by our sun and moon and man-made suns For meaning in the meaningless Megan White, Studio Visit, June 2019 Megan White, Studio Visit, June 2019 Megan White, Studio Visit, June 2019 Megan White, Studio Visit, June 2019 I search until my eyes and thoughts rest: On a soft veil, a screen for protection and projection, granting patterns and colors a soft surface to land,&...

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Pete Hoffecker Mejía’s work assembles indigenous patterns of Latin America, retail and home décor motif, and Modernist geometric abstraction, to explore the intersection of contrasting cultural influence, the mediation of identity, and conflation and caricature in the representation of otherness. Pete Hoffecker Mejía, Studio Visit, June 2019 (photo: Tracy Treadwell) Pete Hoffecker Mejía, Studio Visit, June 2019 (photo: Tracy Treadwell) Pete Hoffecker Mejía, Studio Visit, June 2019 (photo: Tracy Treadwell) Pete Hoffecker Mejía, Studio Visit, June 2019 (photo: T...

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"Seemingly disconnected, the work runs side by side like a network of logical associations and relationships, as well as a meshwork of entangled lines that move and grow. Recognizable objects that take up room are familiar and accessible. These things start to connect the area they occupy to the physical documentation of my spaces. With close investigations and observations of environments, I respond to cues with judgment and precision, describing them in sculptures, installations, and works on paper." —...

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Desmond Lewis primarily uses industrial materials in his work as he correlates the invisible appearance of structural materials in buildings with the concealed structural importance of African Americans in the United States. Through the creation of fabricated and carved concrete sculptures, his work abstractly addresses the conversations of race, equality, and community uplift. Additionally, Desmond fabricates large scale sculptures that seek to enhance public spaces in developing communities. Desmond Lewis, Studio Visit, December 2018—January 2019 Desmond Lewis, Studio Visit,...

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Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University. Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, TOPS Gallery, CrosstownArts and Powerhouse Memphis, Diverseworks in Houston, Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans, and the Atlanta Contemporary. He has also exhibited abroad at the...

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I direct the audience’s attention to the interaction of past and present voices that have been both for and against movements of social justice and equality by integrating their words with my photographs. This intermingling symbolizes the collision of knowledge, memory and controversy with personal experience. It is a reckoning of the elusive present with the enigmatic past (and vice versa). Natalie Eddings, Studio Visit, August 2018 Natalie Eddings, Studio Visit, August 2018 The world that we have created today allows me...

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