Monday, April 09, 2007

Delta Axis for April: come visit

Here's info on events this month presented by Delta Axis. This organization has brought cutting edge art and film to town and we're all better for it. Check out its site, join up and drink it in.

And I'm not saying this just because you can get a tour of my wife's studio (April 26, see below).

Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club #28
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson (between Main & Front Streets)
Free Admission, Donations Recommended
Selections from the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.

* Phone Call From An Imaginary Girlfriend: Ankara and
* Phone Call From An Imaginary Girlfriend: Istanbul
o Don McKellar, 2 minutes each
* Man Feel Pain
o 2004, Dylan Akio Smith, 11 minutes
* Ryan
o 2004, Chris Landreth, 14 minutes
* Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner
o 2003, Jamie Travis, 17 minutes
* Unwritten
o 2005, Kaare Andrews, 10 minutes
* At the Quinte Hotel
o 2005, Bruce Alcock, 4 minutes
* Desastre
o 2004, Jay Field, 23 minutes

Friday, April 13
Matt Ducklo | Touch Tour Pictures
Opening reception 6-8 p.m.
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson (between Main & Front Streets)
Exhibition Dates: April 13-May 31, 2007
Power House Memphis is pleased to announce an exhibition of six new works by Matt Ducklo. He is a photographer who captures a moment that is usually staged but in reality is an unusual element of an American institution: from the presentation of the news in TV studios to a new series of works that explore the "Touch Tour" - blind people touching works of art in museums. In these new works his subject is the blind experiencing sculpture by touch. Looking at somebody experiencing something with a different sensibility, the photographs contemplate people, "in the act of seeing." This series includes photographs made in the Metropolitan Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC and for the Power House Memphis a commission to make new photographs at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Ducklo is a native Memphian, this will be his first solo exhibition in Tennessee. Matt Ducklo received a MA from the University of Tennessee in 1996; and his MFA in photography from Yale University in 1999. He currently lives and works in Queens, NY.

I am interested in communication and what can be known by looking and how touching can function as seeing. This project is about the limitations of art. A lot of my business in New York City is done in the area around 23rd street and Sixth Avenue. I buy film on 18th Street and have it processed on 22nd Street. I rent equipment on 21st and I print on 27th. I began to notice a lot of blind people in the neighborhood before I realized that the Associated Blind Housing is located on 23rd between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. I don't recall ever encountering a blind person growing up in Memphis. I wondered if Manhattan was probably the best place in the United States for a blind person to live in part because most of the city is on the grid and public transportation is common and accessible. About the time I noticed the Associated Blind, I was making pictures of local newscasters that were related to the sides of buses and the idea of looking for information. I began thinking of other kinds of ways to lead and I found myself making pictures of seeing-eye dogs and their owners, which lead to this current body of work.

Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Net Impact presents a special film screening
Iraq for Sale
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson (between Main & Front Streets)
The mission of Memphis Net Impact is to strengthen the network of professionals in the Memphis area who use the power of business to create a better world through targeted social, intellectual, and professional activities.
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of corporate greed in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private security companies making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so. RSVP required to

Thursday, April 26th from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Artist Studio Visit
Maritza Davila
3233 Waynoka Cir.
Free for Delta Axis members, $5 for non-members
The Artist Studio Visit includes a light reception and discussion with the artist, Maritza Davila, in her studio.

Maritza Davila is Professor of Fine Arts at the Memphis College of Art. For the past 24 years she has taught drawing and printmaking. Davila has exhibited around the world and has works in collections in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. She has received awards in the U.S., Puerto Rico and France.

The thread that runs through my work is the collection of experiences that, through blood and culture, make me who I am. My work reflects these histories and choices bound up in the qualities of my essential self. I use frames within frames, house shapes, arches, doorways, lace patterns and the landscape as metaphors for home and the journeys in life related to ancestry, memories, family, politics and the spiritual. I interpret these elements using diverse print techniques and in a variety of media. These expressions lend themselves especially well to original multiples, which are inherently flexible and well suited to propagating my ideas. In artwork that celebrates the past, creates in the present and records for the future, time thus becomes the element that binds medium and concept.

Showing Through April 28
Paul Behnke | Sallynoggin Drawings and
Dwayne Butcher | Art Made With a Ring
Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts
639 Marshall Avenue
Gallery hours: Saturday 1-5 p.m. or by appointment

Coming in May:
DADA Ball 2007 | Everyday DADA
A masquerade fundraising party to support Indie Memphis, Power House & Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts
Saturday, May 19, 7 p.m. – midnight at Power House
Featuring art, music, dance, poetry and other performances throughout the evening. Costumes encouraged, but not required.
Come show your creative side at DADA Ball 2007!
Tickets available at the door: $10/person for Delta Axis members, $15/person for non-members
Cash bar

The mission of Delta Axis is to present contemporary art and film and link Memphis with global artistic communities.

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