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My name is Carl E. Moore and I'm from Canton, MS. I currently live and work in Memphis, TN as an artist and designer. I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Memphis College of Art where I received my BFA and MFA. Carl E. Moore, Studio Visit, June 2017 Carl E. Moore, Studio Visit, June 2017 Carl E. Moore, Studio Visit, June 2017 The work I’ve created over the last few years has dealt with identity an...

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The things that inspire me are the absurd people and events I encounter on a daily basis. I'm basically holding up a funhouse mirror to the insanity/stupidity that I see. But I have to laugh at these things, otherwise it would be extremely depressing. - Alex Paulus, June 2017 Alex Paulus, Studio Visit, June 2017 Alex Paulus, Studio Visit, June 2017 Alex Paulus, Studio Visit, June 2017 Alex Paulus is originally from southeast Missouri, but has been a resident of Memphis, TN since 2007....

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Lester Merriweather's collages use imagery from printed advertising material in fashion and lifestyle magazines. In re-contextualizing these images, Merriweather examines ads and media materials that promote notions of racial prominence and inferiority. Lester Merriweather, Studio Visit, June 2017 Lester Merriweather, Studio Visit, June 2017 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. Lester Merriweather, Studio Visit,...

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“We are all migrants through time.” from Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Landscape had been a consistent touchstone in my work--sometimes overtly, sometimes not--perhaps related to having almost literally grown up in a National Park. Living in cities for my adult life, I collect images of our built environment in various stages of ruin and completion then prompts paintings addressing disparate issues of time, connection, restraint and abandon. The grid can contain most of these references, and the flat...

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I create mixed media work with paint, resin, and found materials that explore the painting as an object. The paintings maneuver through all axes, and shared space is emphasized as compositions spill over the sides or towards the viewer. Zach Searcy, Studio Visit, June 2017 Zach Searcy, Studio Visit, June 2017 My work explores systems and their exposure of human pliability. Materials and textures become fixed in a way that the paintings become something that could be held or touched - a...

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In film, video, sculpture, and installation, I explore the relationships between personal, collective, and official memories as they unfold in history, cityscape, and across national borders. Often, I employ my own body and subjective position in order to investigate questions of translation and belonging. Masha Vlasova, Studio Visit, May 2017 Masha Vlasova, Studio Visit, May 2017 I was a Soviet citizen; I am a U.S. citizen; the status of my Russian citizenship is uncertain. I take this site of translation—...

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Alex Blau (b. 1970, Austin, TX) has an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and works primarily in painting. She has had solo shows at several venues, including Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, Firecat Projects in Chicago, Gallery Seomi in Seoul, Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, Kevin Bruk Gallery in Miami, Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Alex Blau, Studio Visit, May 2017 (works pictured may be...

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Street signs, logos, flags (the origin and rules of heraldry are especially intriguing to me), colors, typefaces, all hyper-designed for a specific purpose, to create order or assimilation in one way or another. Often, I think about how visual standards and prompts direct us. Sarah Shebaro, Studio Visit, May 2017 Sarah Shebaro, Studio Visit, May 2017 Sarah Shebaro, Studio Visit, May 2017 I experiment with these rules (proportion, color, iconography), with shifts in size, color, etc. to both draw attention to the intent...

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