MEMPHIS/NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Maysey Craddock’s “Suspended Terrains” is displayed Feb. 1-March 10 at David Lusk Gallery Nashville while Ted Faiers’ exhibition, “Talk, Talk, Talk: Late 70’s,” his last body of work, takes the walls Feb. 6-March 17 at David Lusk Gallery Memphis.
An opening reception for Craddock’s exhibition takes place 5-8 p.m. Feb. 3 at David Lusk Gallery Nashville.
“Suspended Terrains” showcases Craddock’s distinct and ephemeral gouache paintings on found and stitched paper. The works serve as visual explorations of continually changing coastlines that shift between water and land. With ever-growing concerns about climate change and recent devastating hurricanes, Craddock’s images present the shore beautifully and while serving as a reminder of its fragility and ultimate decline.
Beyond David Lusk Gallery, Craddock is represented in Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles and collected widely throughout the country. She has been the recipient of several fellowship awards and participated in artist residencies throughout the United States and Germany. She lives and works in Memphis and along the Alabama Gulf Coast.
The opening reception for Ted Faiers’ exhibition takes place 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9 at David Lusk Gallery Memphis.
Faiers’ last body of work is comprised of canvases constructed with stretcher armatures and attachments. In these paintings, noses, eyelashes and shoes protrude from the canvas. Bright colors and two dimensional surfaces with three-dimensional effects elevate the paintings’ subjects to characters while the open backs reveal Faiers’ heightened interest in engineering and construction in addition to painting.
Woodcuts feature a cast of characters, both real and imagined, intriguing as his life-sized, wood-sculpted canvas paintings.
Born in England in 1908 and raised in Western Canada, Faiers moved to New York to study at the Art Students League where he met his lifetime mentor Will Barnet. Here, he began to hone his distinctive line-making technique and explore influential styles. He later went on to enjoy a career as a professor, teaching, painting and drawing for more than 30 years at Memphis College of Art. He successfully maintained his own studio practice—making paintings, drawings, woodcuts and lithographs in a series of connecting additions at his home. Faiers had a strong exhibition history throughout his life. His work moved through several distinct periods before his final output of these three-dimensional figurative canvases.
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