Su WeiChu: Echo's Bones, August 28 – September 15
There May Be No Before at All: Selected Moving Image Works, September 8 – October 27
 José Torres-Tama: Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers Performance: September 14
Sally Heller: Mind over Mayhem, September 22 – November 9

 

Su WeiChu: Echo's Bones

August 28 – September 15, 2017

Artist Reception: September 8, 5-7 PM

Su WeiChu: Echo's Bones

Echo's Bones features the work of University of Memphis alumna Su WeiChu (BFA, 2016). The exhibition explores the impermanence and mortality of the ecological system. The installation, comprised of textile-based objects, blurs the boundaries of sculpture and painting. Taken together, they consider the metamorphosis of the spirit of nature often found in mythology and folklore—combining elements of obscure, fragmented geological formations with anthropomorphic biological systems.

Faculty in the Department of Art at the University of Memphis selected Su from the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts classes for this prestigious solo exhibition. An annual tradition, this exhibition provides an outstanding graduate with the opportunity to present a body of work as well as develop and execute an exhibition concept with Fogelman Galleries staff.

Born and raised in Taipel, Taiwan, Su received her BFA from the University of Memphis with a concentration in Studio Arts. Her work has been featured in the 32nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, winning a Merit Award. Her work was also awarded the Undergraduate Award in the Best of Memphis exhibition organized by Box Gallery. She has exhibited in the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Crosstown Arts, Marshall Arts Gallery, and Memphis College of Art's Hyde Gallery.

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There May Be No Before at All: Selected Moving Image Works

September 8 – October 27, 2017

Opening Reception: September 8, 5-7 PM

There May Be No Before at All

This exhibition features selected moving image works that use the human form to interrogate the slippage of place and time. How does the human form transgress from one location to another, from one body to another, from one moment to another? How do gender, gesture, and language inform embodiment and how does the medium of moving image shape this process? The international roster of artists explores physical transgression, gender expression, the death drive, and the archive. The exhibition includes the work of Vika Kirchenbauer + Mysti (Germany), Laura Henno (France), J. Louise Makary (United States), Marianna Milhorat (United States), and Patrick Staff (United States/United Kingdom).

There May Be No Before at All is curated by artist Madsen Minax, Assistant Professor in Time-based Media at the University of Vermont.

Image: Laura Henno, Koropa, 2016. HD video with sound. Spectre Productions. Courtesy galerie Les filles du calvaire.

Image in banner: Vika Kirchenbauer + Mysti, DEATH COACHES LLC, 2017. Two-channel video installation. Courtesy of the artists. Image: © Vika Kirchenbauer, Mysti, and VG Bild Kunst.

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JOSÉ TORRES-TAMA: ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS

Performance: September 14, 7 PM, ACB 250

José Torres-Tama: Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers

Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers is a sci-fi Latino noir performance solo by NEA award-winning multidisciplinary artist José Torres-Tama. It explores the current persecution of Latino immigrants across the land of the free. Satirizing the status of immigrants as "extraterrestrials" through a sci-fi prism informed by short films that spoof The Matrix and Star Wars, the artist shape-shifts into numerous "aliens" who challenge the hypocrisy of a country built by immigrants that vilifies the same people whose labor it readily exploits.

Politically provocative, visually engaging, and strategically comic, Torres-Tama's puts a face on the vilified "alien other," and asks, "Since the Pilgrims arrived without papers, why were they not deported?"

Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers was developed through a National Performance Network Creation Fund award from the NPN, and with the commissioning support of MECA in Houston, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans, and GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, DC.

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Sally Heller: Mind over Mayhem

September 22 – November 9, 2017

Artist Talk: September 21, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, ACB 310

Opening Reception: September 22, 5-7 PM

Sally Heller: Mind over Mayhem

Sally Heller creates large scale installations out of everyday matter. These improbable landscapes, made of artificial debris, reflect the chaotic state of mass market culture, nature, and consumerism. Some of the materials she uses include, fabric, netting, broken plastic items, industrial wire, and chain.

Artist Talk: September 21, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, ACB 310
Opening Reception: September 22, 5-7 PM conveys a sense of the world as a turbulent place where we can hopefully use our minds to control its volatility. It is an apt title for an artist whose process is shaped by fluidity and spontaneity. Entering the gallery space for the first time, Heller gets a sense of how to install the boundaries of the piece and, in collaboration with U of M art students, starts constructing the perimeters and rigging of the work. The installations are site-specific, growing organically as she subtracts, adds, and refines the elements. Like a three-dimensional drawing, the gallery is filled with overlapping lines with a variety of materials suspended and layered in space. Often there is no focal point, but rather an environment to be experienced.

Image: Sally Heller, Babes in Twollywood (detail), 2016. Thread, paper, fabric, sequins, and fringe on paper. 30 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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BFA THESIS EXHIBITION

November 17 – December 7, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 5-7 PM

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MFA Thesis Exhibition: Jesse Delira

November 17 – December 7, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 5-7 PM

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Graphic Design Senior Exhibition

December 14, 6-8 pm

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