Intentions: I really enjoy looking and talking about art. Typically it is a conversation rather than a one-sided rant, though. My intentions aren
't to talk too much in this blog, but to provide another venue for artists.
I will discuss my personal feelings about the work, however. As Tolstoy says, "Art is man's (I'm sure he meant mankind's) transmittal of feelings."
Being an artist myself I know the value of having your work in front of as many people as possible. There is quality work being shown in Jackson, Mississippi that people aren't seeing.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional art critic. I am simply commenting on exhibitions and the impact they had on me personally.
That being said, the first show that I visited since deciding to start this blog was at Fischer Galleries, www.fischergalleries.com, in Fondren. It was a two person show of paintings by Matthew Puckett of Jackson, and ceramic sculptures by Stacey Johnson, www.staceyjohnsonart.com.
Matthew Puckett's work has a real psychological quality to them that is anything but comforting. He employs some traditional compositional no-no's, intentionally I'm sure, to create a disturbing sense of solitude. It's no surprise that he pays tribute to Francis Bacon in a triptych in the show. The uncomfortable compositional elements are things such as having an object sitting right on the edge of the painting, or having a figure facing off the side of the painting that it is closest to creating a lack of balance. In the case of "Interior with Columns" the column comes out of the guys head in a most unpleasant fashion. Matthew is also in the 2009 Mississippi Invitational at the Mississippi Museum of Art, www.msmuseumart.org., which overall is a very strong show. I got in trouble last time I tried to take pictures in the museum so I won't be showing the invitational here. I highly recommend you checking it out, though. Here are a few images from Matthews show at Fischer...
Interior with Columns
Interior with Chair
Stacey Johnson's ceramic sculptures on the other hand simply make me happy. She has a great attention to detail, and not to mention that they are just interesting. You could spend hours deciphering the little clues she gives to her ceramic stories. I like what she says in her artist's statement on her website... "