Tad Lauritzen Wright

the politics of power

3 – 28 January, 2016
OPENING: Friday 6 January, 6-8pm
TALK: Saturday 14 January, 11am

Tad Lauritzen Wright rings in the New Year for David Lusk Gallery as the first show of 2017 in Memphis. The entirety of Wright’s show, The Politics of Power, is made up of his signature single line drawings, centering on Greek and Roman mythology.

Through his dedication to the medium, Lauritzen Wright has elevated single-line drawing to a different level. Comprised of ink on paper, acrylic on canvas, acrylic on ceramic, and drawings on steel cutouts, The Politics of Power is wholly back and white, stripped to the most basic elements of line, color, and shape.

Known for his consciously naïve style, Lauritzen Wright employs immediacy and an abundant imagination to portray the gods with humor and wit, posing the icons of the past for new interpretations. Making work that is very much of the moment, he says, “It would be difficult to pre-plan these works beyond subject matter. As I draw I must be conscious of the entire surface of the piece and of creating a visual rhythm as I weave the lines in and out of one another.”

Lauritzen Wright’s retreat into history and the single black line stem from his re-examination of beauty and morals, leading him to visually explore power structures inherent in Greek mythology. Consequently, the work is filled with ‘lessons’, discretely hidden among mythical embellishments of the human condition. He states, “The sense of the familiar was an interesting point of entry into narratives that become overwrought with primal urges and long lasting consequences. These stories contain moments of love, lust, hedonism, achievement, and failure.”

Lauritzen Wright was born in 1972 in San Angelo, Texas. He now lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee. He received a BFA from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, and an MFA from Memphis College of Art. Lauritzen Wright’s work has been shown extensively throughout the United States. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Bradbury Art Museum in Jonesboro AR, Koelsch Gallery in Houston, the Cheryl Hazan Gal-lery in New York, and at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles.

David Lusk Gallery is located at 97 Tillman. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 11-4. For more information or visuals please contact Amelia Briggs at 901 767 3800 or amelia@davidluskgallery.com.

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