Lain York at Temporary Contemporary Gallery, Cheekwood Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN.
opening reception 6 - 8 pm, Friday, January 19, 2007
artist's talk is at 6:30 pm
show runs through April 8th
Untitled from Family Grouping Series, mixed media on panel, 2007, 24" x 16" (above)
artwork is copyrighted by the artist
Lain York's latest body of work, Family Grouping, is influenced by documentary photography found in museum and auction catalogues. York describes the work as paintings of sculpture using buried and applied elements to "activate" them. The images are inspired by African, Mayan, Middle Eastern, Greek Archaic masks and figures. These images appeal to the artist as a record or evidence of the way a society or culture tries to make sense of the human experience through art and ritual.
"York's work may be heady, but on a purely visual level, it's also stunning, with a fine attunement to craft and detail. The artist has been a steadfast presence in the local arts community since the early 1990s, and without his tireless support and guidance, visual art in Nashville wouldn't be as vital as it is right now. " Jonathan Mark, The Tennessean, Sunday, January 14, 2007
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