Monday, March 12, 2007

Delta Axis: March delectations

Please join us for our contemporary art and film events this month.

Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.
Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club #27
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson (between Main & Front Streets)
Free Admission, Donations Recommended
The Best of Ottawa International Animation Festival 2006
· OIAF 06 Signal Film (2006) Nathaniel Akin & Bruce Alcock / Global Mechnic / Canada / 0:30
· guy101 (2005) Ian Gouldstone / Royal College of Art / UK / 8:00
· Dreams & Desires: Family Ties (2006) Joanna Quinn / Beryl Productions International Ltd / UK / 9:50
· Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Hazen & Mr. Horlocker (2006) Stefan Mueller / FH Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences / Germany / 7:40
· Tyger (2006) Guilherme Marcondes / Brazil / 4:30
· The Possum (2005)Chris Choy/California Institute of the Arts/USA/5:20
· Lightning Doodle Project [pikapika] (2006) Takeshi Nagata & Kazue Monno / Tochka Factory /Japan / 4:00
· Rabbit (2005) Run Wrake / Sclah Films / UK / 8:30
· Crossing the Stream (2006) Skip Battaglia / USA / 4:00
· The Runt (2006) Andreas Hykade / Studio Film Bilder/Germany / 10:00
· The Carnival of the Animals (Karneval Zvirat) (2006) Michaela Pavlátová / Negativ Film Productions / Czech Republic / 12:00
· Jason Forrest: War Photographer (2005) Joel Trussell / USA / 4:12
· Who I Am and What I Want (2005) Chris Shepherd & David Shrigley/ Slinky Pictures /UK / 7:30

Wednesday, March 28th from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Artist Studio Visit
Murray Riss
516 South Main Street
Free for Delta Axis members, $5 for non-members
The Artist Studio Visit includes a light reception and discussion with the artist, Murray Riss, in his studio at. Please note this is a change from the usual Thursday evening program.

Murray Riss was educated at City College of New York, Cooper Union School of Art, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He established the photography department at the Memphis College of Art and taught there from 1968-1986. He was an adjunct lecturer in photography and film at Rhodes College from 1971-1986. Currently he is a professional photographer for magazines, advertising agencies and corporations with clients locally, nationally, and internationally. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the George Eastman House Museum of Photography; and in solo exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Harvard University. Riss’s upcoming exhibition, Painted Portraits, opens in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University, on March 16.

Friday, March 23, 6-9 p.m.
Opening reception for
Paul Behnke | Sallynoogin Drawings and
Dwayne Butcher | Art Made With a Ring
Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts
639 Marshall Avenue
Exhibition dates: March 23- April 28, 2007
Gallery hours: Saturday 1-5 p.m. or by appointment

Both artists are presenting new work inspired by their recent life experiences. Behnke has recently returned from a three-month stay in Dublin where the images and ideas for the Sallynoggin Drawings were engendered and the work was completed. Butcher’s works were all created since his marriage in fall 2006, hence Art Made With a Ring, and explore changes in the artist’s life and artistic direction.

Paul Behnke was born in 1965, in Memphis, TN. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Memphis College of Art in 1999 and is currently living and working in St. Augustine, FL. Behnke’s work is represented by The Hallward in Dublin, Ireland and Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN.

Behnke’s Sallynoggin Drawings were begun with the intention that they would be soundly connected to a specific location and time. However, as the images progressed from notebook jottings of experience, environment and memory, to more complete drawings, their meanings began a steady shift from specific reactions to broad allusions. The finished works signify the faulty concepts of security, place and distance and give form to the rituals and obsessions that sprout from these notions.

Butcher has shown his minimalist influenced and abstract expressionist based work in most galleries and alternative spaces in Memphis, TN, as well as in Dallas, TX, Carbondale, IL, Jackson, TN, Nashville, TN, Little Rock, AR, and Jonesboro, AR. Butcher has curated guerrilla shows in non-traditional spaces such as; abandoned apartment buildings, old warehouse spaces, backyards, and established the “world’s smallest gallery” at the P and H Café. Butcher is the curator of Caseworks, an exhibition space for new and emerging artists, with openings that run in conjunction with the Art Museum at the University of Memphis. Butcher is the director and co-founder of, an artist registry and art related calendar serving the Mid-South.

Art Made With a Ring encompasses new work Butcher has created since being married in October 2006. While his style has not changed significantly, his approach and process have changed substantially.

Showing through March 31
Mary Ellen Carroll
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson (between Main & Front Streets)
Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.
Carroll’s new body of work makes use of the city of Memphis not only as a physical original but also a cultural, social-political and economic original as well – a site of authenticity. All of the works in the exhibition have the subject of impersonation as their conceptual and philosophical basis. Included in the exhibition will be ME LIKE BLACK, two neon signs that are inverted mistakes that reference the 1960s book Black Like Me by white journalist John Howard Griffin, a civil-rights activist and friend of Dr. King who disguised himself as a black man and chronicled the experience. Four new silkscreen paintings produced with Brand X Editions will be shown from Carroll’s One Star Press series You and Me is based on the difference between how we see ourselves and how we are seen by others. The week before the exhibition’s opening, the performance Whatever It Takes, an impersonation of the escaped Haley, the female polar bear that FedEx relocated from Chicago to the Memphis Zoo, was documented and is presented in the exhibition.

Support Delta Axis – become a member!
Members receive free admission to our monthly Artist Studio Visit, a free ticket to a screening at the 10th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2007, and invitations to special parties and events. Membership is $50 for individuals and $75 for couples. For more information call 901.494.6543 or email

1 comment:

Paul Behnke said...

Thanks for the post about our show!
Take care.