A Loss of Attention: An Exhibition of Visual and Verbal Art

Contact: Michelle Byrd
Director of Public Relations
(901) 272-5111

October 12, 2011

Memphis College of Art presents A Loss of Attention: An Exhibition of Visual and Verbal Art October 14 through November 6, 2011 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue in Overton Park. A reception is Friday, October 14 from 5 to 7 pm. A poetry reading at 6 pm features Clay Mathews, Whit Griffin and MCA students Larry Franklin and Meredith Lones.

The exhibition invites poetry into the gallery space to emphasize the importance of the relationship between the visual and the verbal in contemporary art and writing. The exhibition focuses on regional artists and poets that contemplate attentiveness in terms of designating what it means to be aware, bored, elated, dejected, instructive, negligent, observant, or simply present. It consists mainly of print media, photography, and drawing, along with small sculptural works exploring the role of the multiple. Poetry is presented in the exhibition in the form of broadsides and additional limited run publications by independent presses from throughout the country.

Having chosen Marjorie Perloff’s essay “Frank O’Hara and the Aesthetics of Attention” as the exhibition’s primary source, A Loss of Attention aims to develop a discourse between visual art and writing through the concept of “awareness” first explored by the Objectivist Poets of the 1930’s, and again by poet Frank O’Hara in the 1950’s. The exhibition’s title is derived from O’Hara’s statement, made in reference to sculptor David Smith, “The slightest loss of attention leads to death.” The exhibition seeks to expand the role of this concept, presenting the viewer with works that explore the loss of this awareness and attention in contemporary art and society.

The exhibition is curated by Evan Commander, Nick Hill, Kristen Johnson and Avril Thurman and includes works and words from the following artists and writers: Cynthia Arrieu-King, Keith Benjamin, Sarah Blyth-Stephens, M. Callen, The Creative Services of Hugo de Verteuil & Ian Rothwell, Larry Franklin, Micah Freeman, Whit Griffin, Terence Hammonds, Matt Hart, Tara Heilman, Steve Kemple, Meredith Lones, Tony Luensman, Chase Markovich, Clay Matthews, Claire Metzger, The Phraseology Project, Zach Rawe, Zachary Schomburg and Aaron Walker.

For more information about the exhibition contact: ALossOfAttention@gmail.com; Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139738636124629; Exhibition Tumblr (via The Creative Services of Hugo de Verteuil & Ian Rothwell) http://alossofattention.tumblr.com/; Online publication: http://issuu.com/alossofattention/docs/final_publication edited by Nick Hill;
Rhizome link: http://rhizome.org/announce/events/57650/view/.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. For more information call 901.272.5100.

Above image by The Creative Services of Hugo de Venteuil & Ian Rothwell.

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