MEMPHIS, TN – June 7, 2019 – Carroll Todd presents “Earth and Water” July 2-27 while legendary photographer Jack Spencer, best known for his portraiture and scenes of the American South, showcases his second solo show, “Short Stories” July 9-31 at David Lusk Gallery Memphis.
The opening reception for “Earth and Water” will take place 5-8 p.m. July 6. The opening reception for Jack Spencer’s exhibit will take place 6-8 p.m. July 12.
Carroll Todd’s work comprises of representational constructed bronze sculptures frequently modeled on life but, in the end, based in illusion. “Earth and Water” employs Todd’s style, lightening and elevating the heavy bronze into sculptures inspired by the human and marine life.
Carroll Todd is a native Memphian with a BFA from Memphis College of Art and an MFA Cornell University. Over the course of his 40-year career, he has exhibited in New York, Chicago, California, and Tennessee.
His work is in the collections of Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; Autozone Inc., Memphis; Design Network, St Louis; General Electric, Rockefeller Center, New York; Little Rock National Airport, Little Rock; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis; Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Mobium/Graphic Management Corporation, Chicago, and Tudor Investment Company, New York.
Jack Spencer builds miniature vignettes in his studio to create a sense of an interior and superimposes his recognized photographs through windows and doorways. The resulting works transport the viewer just beyond the realm of reality into a surreal world where subjectivity reigns.
His extensive perspective varies in palette as well as subject, ranging from monochromatic blacks and whites of early American photographers to lush over-saturated hues.
The serene rooms in “Short Stories” include a single tree, birds in flight and an ocean, all visible through openings in Spencer’s buildings, contextualizing the structures. Windows looking out from a light-filled room share a mythical yet real world.
He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Germany, and Mexico. Monographs of his work have been published by the University of Texas, LSU, and Vanderbilt Press and 21st Editions. His work is featured in public and private collections across the United States.
David Lusk Gallery is located at 97 Tillman. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
For more information or visuals, contact Lees Romano at 901-767-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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