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Nov. 22, 2016
Internationally recognized MCA alumnus and instructor exhibits scientific, psychedelic paintings
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announces Purple Microdot, Yellow Sunshine, an exhibition by MCA instructor and alumnus Thomas Everett Green, on view Nov. 23–Dec. 7 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will be held Friday, Dec. 2 from 6–8 p.m. Green’s paintings and digital projections have been showcased at various venues around the nation, and featured internationally in online and print publications.
The exhibition will feature encaustic paintings created with aniline dye and shellac. Green’s work imbues biologic imagery, visually conjuring the movement of living cells seen only with a microscope. In this body of work, Green draws parallels from various phenomenologies that associate addiction with disease. “My experimental process paintings reflect imagery and draw inspiration from fluorescent microscopy and biology, while playing with formal aspects of color theory to generate a slightly psychedelic and wildly organic feeling on floating circular panels,” said Green.
Green graduated from MCA in 2014 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. He currently works as an instructor for MCA and Arkansas State University Mid-South. His work has been featured nationally in festivals, galleries, planetariums, museums, as well as online and print publications in the United States, Mexico and Europe. Green was recently the featured artist for the 2016 Arts in the Park Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where his animations were projected at the Mid-America Science Museum. His paintings are included in the permanent collections of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, West Cancer Center, the Nashville International Airport, and recently the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.
Purple Microdot, Yellow Sunshine is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community each year. Featured works will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund. For more information about this exhibition and other MCA events, visit mca.edu.
Gallery hours, excluding holidays, are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.
Photo: Thomas Everett Green, “Tangerine Dream,” encaustic, aniline dye, shellac; 18” round, 2016
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