MEMPHIS, TN – Feb. 12, 2019 – Rana Rochat features new encaustic paintings on paper and Brandon Donahue opens his first show, “No Look Past,” March 12-April 6 at David Lusk Gallery Memphis.
An opening reception will be hosted March 15 at the gallery.
Rochat’s “New Work” moves away from the cartoon-like shapes in her older work. She achieves an openness that allows space and lighter colors and textures to play a more prominent role. The whimsical nature of her work is not lost. Without defined foregrounds or backgrounds, they exist as cohesive, lyrical environments of fluid lines, responsive gestures and inventive forms.
A native Memphian, Rochat graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in printmaking and painting. She headed to New York and her t-shirt business, intended only to make a living, ballooned into a thriving business. She returned to painting 20 years ago. Her work is exhibited frequently in Memphis, Atlanta, Calgary, Boston, Seattle, and Ketchum, Idaho. Collections in San Francisco, California; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Miami, Florida boast her work.
Brandon Donahue comes to Memphis just in time for March Madness with his “No Look Past,” featuring Donahue’s Basketball Blooms, mandala-like sculptures made from basketballs that carry a history of games they’ve been used in, the puddles, pavement and hands through which they’ve passed. Well-known for his public murals throughout Tennessee, Donahue centers his art on the reinvigoration of found objects.
He slices the basketballs open, through leather and rubber, and arranges them into wall hangings, four feet in diameter, that resemble flowers. Mixing and matching various textures, sizes and designs, Donahue sews these pieces into flowerlike forms with shoelaces. Donahue is intentional in his repurposing.
Donahue was born in Memphis and lives and works in Nashville. He received an MFA from the University of Tennessee and his BFA from Tennessee State University. Before receiving his MFA, Donahue spent a year at the Lorenzo De Medici School of the Arts in Florence, Italy. He had recent solo exhibitions in Nashville at Vanderbilt University, Oz Arts, and Seed Space; Wrather West Kentucky Museum, Kentucky; and Athica Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, Georgia; and numerous group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. He has received numerous awards, honors, grants, and residencies, and his work is in the collections of nexAir, Memphis; Tennessee State University, Nashville; The University of Tennessee Knoxville, Ewing Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee; and Toyota of Franklin, Tennessee.
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