NASHVILLE, Tenn. – David Lusk Gallery welcomes Leslie Holt returns to David Lusk Gallery Nashville for her “Hysterical Women” exhibition on display Jan. 29-Feb. 23 and Beth Edwards returns to David Lusk Gallery Memphis for her solo exhibition “Oh My Heart” on display Feb. 5-March 9.
Holt’s artist talk takes place 2 p.m. Feb. 2 with the exhibit officially opening 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2. Edwards’ exhibition opening is 6-8 p.m. Feb. 8 and her artist talk takes place 11 a.m. Feb. 16.
Recent sources of inspiration for Leslie Holt include clinical sketches of institutionalized women of the 19th century and other art historical sources, namely Francisco Goya, Willem deKooning and Roy Lichtenstein.
In “Hysterical Women,” Holt’s examines the first mental disorder attributed to women, and only women, through these references. Her figures are suspended and isolated, removed from their original context, and meticulously embroidered onto canvas. Aggressive stains of saturated acrylic paint hovers around each figure. The sewn marks are intimate and tender in contrast to the unruly drips and bleeding of the paint.
Occasionally referencing multiple art historical works in one singular painting, Holt’s “Hysterical Women” includes the bats from Goya’s prints, Lichtenstein’s drowning woman, and deKooning’s women; the exhibition explores the pitfalls of the binary of rationality versus madness within the female psyche.
Leslie Holt is from Bethesda, Maryland and in 2012 returned to the DC metro area after living in St. Louis for 20 years. She received a BFA in Painting at Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Painting at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. She has also worked as a social worker and advocate for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and people receiving welfare benefits. Currently, she is co-director of Red Dirt Studio, a warehouse studio for a group of independently practicing artists and creative professionals.
David Lusk Gallery is located at 516 Hagan Street in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information or visuals contact Amelia Briggs at 615-780-9990 or email@example.com
Beth Edwards is known for contemporary, still-life painting with sensuous, metaphorical realism. Referencing historical Vanitas paintings, she reinvents the genre through a saturated palette, magnified cropping, and the confrontational scale of her subjects.
Edwards was born in Alabama and lives and works in Memphis. She received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and an MFA from Indiana University. Edwards has had an active 30-year career painting, exhibiting and teaching. She has taught painting at the University of Memphis since 2000 and has received the Arts Accelerator Grant, ArtsMemphis; Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration from ArtsMemphis; Willow Park Mural, UrbanArt Commission for the City of Memphis; and awarded artist for Memphis in May honoring Sweden in 2013. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in galleries, museums, institutions and organizations across the United States.
David Lusk Gallery is located at 97 Tillman. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information or visuals, contact Lees Romano at 901-767-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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