NASHVILLE, TN – Jan. 28, 2019 – This spring, Robert Rector’s “Paper: 45 Years” and Dwayne Butcher’s “Fat Shaming Fat Boys” are on display Feb. 27-March 30 at David Lusk Gallery Nashville.
The exhibitions’ opening is 5-8 p.m. March 2. Rector has an artist talk 2 p.m. March 2 and Butcher has his talk 11 a.m. March 9.
Featuring balanced, geometric, textured paintings alongside those with washes of color with zips and streaks, “Paper: 45 Years” evaluates and celebrates Rector’s extensive painting career. Thick blocks of color and gestural marks slashed across the surface create a tension in each composition not unlike two opposing sides of human nature: the ordered and rational, the instinctive and spontaneous.
Rector splits his time between a studio in the woods of South Louisiana and another studio in the Colorado Rockies. The two locations influence his color palette, allowing him to concentrate on veils of color reminiscent of the hazy Louisiana humidity and pure, crisp colors evocative of the light in Colorado. Through extensive experimentation with surface treatments and an architectural approach to composition, Rector has built a body of work that extends the legacy of abstract expressionism while also incorporating elements of his personal reflection. Rarely picking up a paintbrush, Rector’s works on paper are as much paintings as they are studies of form.
Rector received his BFA and MFA from Louisiana State University. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including a recent retrospective at the Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; The Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Gremillion and Company, Houston and Austin, Texas. His work is in numerous collections around the globe.
Dwayne Butcher, a keen social observer and curator, is known for making insightful paintings and videos that comment on his life. For several years he has made work on black canvases with white text that examines normal conventions of gender and social class. Now, he chooses to embrace his male identity and related male body issues, both addressed and denied.
Dwayne Butcher was born in Arkansas and lives and works as an artist, writer and curator in Memphis. He received his MFA from Memphis College of Art and BFA from the University of Memphis. He has exhibited work in Paris, Helsinki, Milan, Amsterdam, Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles and Chonging, China.
Articles about his work and community art projects have been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Hyperallergic, Art21 and Big, Red and Shiny. His own writing has been published in the Memphis Flyer, Burnaway and BMore Art. Butcher is Director of Digital Content for Rhodes College, Memphis.
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.
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