MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jack Spencer’s new photographs, “This Land, An American Portrait” are on display May 23-July 1 at David Lusk Gallery Memphis. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. May 26.
The exhibition of nearly 20 works spans 13 years of imagery and the entire nation as source material. A new large-format book, “This Land,” published by the University of Texas Press, accompanies the exhibition.
Spencer began the series in 2003, as a response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. During the 13 years Spencer traveled by car to 48 states to capture an immense portrait of what it means to live in America today.
The subject of “This Land, An American Portrait” spans the country, capturing everything from Key West to Death Valley, from Southern California to New England. Spencer’s extensive perspective varies in palette as well as subject, ranging from monochromatic blacks and whites of early American photographers, to lush over saturated hues, suggestive of American painters like Edward Hopper and Grant Wood.
Jack Spencer is a widely known photographer who calls Nashville, Tennessee home. In 2005, he was awarded the Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year in the nature category. His work is in the Berkley Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Brookings Institute, the Tennessee State Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2013 The Frist Museum in Nashville presented an extensive mid-career retrospective of his work.
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 Amelia Briggs at 901-767-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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