Greely Myatt returns to David Lusk Gallery – Memphis for his solo show Making Marks in September. Myatt’s long art-making career has consistently focused on a theme of communication. Featuring a monumental exclamation point that exceeds the height of the building alongside other work that is simultaneously strange and familiar, Myatt’s current body of expresses mark making one way or another, regardless of how we process them.
No stranger to larger-than-life sculpture, Myatt’s massive punctuation marks suggest an over-communication of a thought, idea, or question. In an era of total connection and advancing technologies, conversation has an unavoidable presence. Myatt’s exclamation points (in wood, tar, air filters, aluminum, steel, etc.) become objects too prominent to miss—not unlike the constant chatter surrounding us.
Of his work, Myatt says, “I want the work to be accessible on numerous levels. I attempt that through the selection of materials, treatment of form, use of subject matter and the method of presentation. I remain conscious of how my work rubs up to art across time and how it is informed by that history. As a native of the rural South, I have a tremendous respect for work that is made by the hand and guided by the heart and eye. But I also understand the importance of the mind in this process. To state my approach to the making of art in the simplest and most direct manner, I have used these—the hand, the eye and the mind.”
Myatt exhibits frequently across the United States. In recent months he has had solo exhibitions at Masur Museum in Louisiana, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Illinois, and GumTree Museum of Art and Amory Museum both in Mississippi. The Minneapolis Museum of Art has recently purchased a major installation work of his, and he is presently completing huge sculptural undertakings for Audubon Park, The Tennessee Brewery and nexAir all in Memphis. Myatt is a professor of art at the University of Memphis.
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 Lees Romano at 901 767 3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.