Monday, April 30, 2007

Delta Axis for May

Join Delta Axis for contemporary art and film programs this month celebrating Memphis In May. And don’t miss the DADA Ball on May 19th!

Friday, May 4
Elizabeth Alley | Please don’t leave anything behind
Opening reception 6-9 p.m.
Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts, 639 Marshall Avenue
Exhibition Dates: May 4-June 9, 2007
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1-5 p.m. or by appointment
494-6543 or 679-6837

Alley, the featured painter for the Memphis In May fine art poster, was born in Memphis, TN, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Memphis. In addition to being an artist, she is Director of Public Art at the UrbanArt Commission and pivot for the Legion of Zoom of the Memphis Roller Derby League. She also sketches, makes lists, reads, shows her paintings regularly at Perry Nicole Fine Art, and most recently created the artwork for the 2007 Memphis in May Fine Art Poster honoring Spain.

Artist Statement
Ordinarily my paintings are informed by the people and places most familiar to me – family and friends, or interesting shadows on old Memphis buildings. For this exhibit I stepped out of my comfort zone to offer viewers an exploration of unfamiliar territory. By depicting the small details and intense colors of a foreign country, and by portraying an audacious segment of society, these paintings feel a little off-balance and suspect. The way I’ve painted them, with acrylic and a little bit of oil on gessoed paper, as opposed to oil on canvas, forced less time and obsession spent on each image, and allows for a focus on the whole, rather than the individual pieces.

Wednesday, May 9
Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club #29
7:30 p.m.
Films from Spain
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson, between Main & Front Streets
Admission is free, donations are recommended
The program features:
With What Shall I Wash it? (¿Con qué la lavaré?) María Trenor, 2003, 11 min
Daybreak in the red-light district of a Spanish town. Someone who earns a living on the streets makes the trek home, sits down, and begins removing make-up. A celluloid tribute to the homosexual artistes of the late 1970s, just after Franco’s dictatorship. Sundance 2005 and Winner of the Teddy Award Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival.

Natural Route (La Ruta Natural) Àlex Pastor 2004 11 min
One of the most internationally acclaimed Spanish short films of the year, including the best short film award at the Sundance Film Festival and Spanish Academy Award nomination, young Alex Pastor shows us his innovative perspective on time and life. Divad wakes up after an accident to find himself lost. His home, his wife... everything is unknown to him. Maybe the answers he needs lie in the past.

The Fence (El cerco) Ricardo Íscar, Nacho Martín, 2005, 12 min
The best European short film award at the Berlin Film Festival went to this striking and brutal student thesis. It’s the same gory ritual, every summer. Thousands of migrating tuna fish crowd into the Mediterranean on their way through the Strait of Gibraltar. This films has been the only selected short
film at the Sundance Film Festival 2007.

The Body Against (Contracuerpo) Eduardo Chapero-Jackson 17 min 2005 A young woman obsessed with her image takes a journey into the labyrinth of her own perception, turning her body into a prison for the world to see and living the self-destructive dream of becoming what she is not. This incredible sensitive film premiered at the Venezia International Film Festival, and many more followed to that, proving Eduardo as a Spanish filmmaker to watch.

One Too Many (Eramos Pocos) Borja Cobeaga 2005 16 min
When his wife leaves him, Joaquín turns to his son to help him bring his mother-in-law out of a home to do the housework. This hilarious film has gotten the 2007 Oscar® Nomination by the Academy of Motion pictures Arts and Sciences

Binta and the Great Idea (Binta y la gran idea) Javier Fesser, 2004, 30 min
As part of a collaborative initiative with Unicef, in which Spain’s most notable filmmakers offer their insight and perspective into the lives and minds of children all over the world, this uplifting episode by the highly acclaimed Fesser (Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure, The Miracle of P. Tinto) takes us to the heart of Africa, where little Binta lives with his intuitive father. This film has received the 2007 Oscar® Nomination by the Academy of Motion pictures Arts and Sciences

Saturday, May 19
DADA Ball 2 | Everyday DADA
7 p.m. – midnight
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson (between Main & Front Streets)
A masquerade fundraising party to support Indie Memphis, Power House & Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts
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

Thursday, May 24th
Artist Studio Visit
Elizabeth Alley
6:00-7:00 p.m.
1894 York Ave.
Free for Delta Axis members, $5 for non-members
The Artist Studio Visit program is designed to introduce the public to artists living and working in Memphis and provides a behind-the-scenes look at their environment, their process, and a preview (in this case, review) of their new work. The program includes a light reception and discussion with the artist in her studio at 1894 York Ave.

Showing Through May 31
Matt Ducklo | Touch Tour Pictures
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson (between Main & Front Streets)
Gallery hours:
Thursday & Friday: 12-6 p.m.
Saturday (extended hours beginning in May) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 1-6 p.m.

The mission of Delta Axis is to present contemporary art and film and link Memphis with global artistic communities.
Delta Axis receives generous support for Indie Memphis programs from the Greater Memphis Arts Council, Tennessee Arts Commission, the Memphis/Shelby County Film & Television Commission, the Tennessee Film Commission, the Goshorn Fund, and the Hohenberg Foundation.
Support for Power House and Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Hyde Family Foundations, Greater Memphis Arts Council, and Tennessee Arts Commission

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

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