Sculptures by Rhodes students will be displayed in storefronts along Memphis′ South Main art district through June 21 in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition at the Memphis Brooks of Art titled “Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper.” The students are Taylor Conrad, Meredith Graf, Emily Heine, Mackenzie Holland, Sara LaMonica, and Ashton Murphy.
Brooks Chief Curator Marina Pacini reached out to students enrolled in introductory and advanced sculpture classes at Rhodes, Memphis College of Art, and The University of Memphis. Their mission: To create sculptures in response to work made by the Paris-born, Venezuelan artist Marisol, who worked in New York City. The spin-off exhibition, presented by the Brooks Museum and the Downtown Memphis Commission, is titled “Inspired by Marisol: A Sculptural Response.”
Born in 1930, Marisol was recognized in the 1960s for her life-sized figural sculptures composed of a variety of elements such as plaster casts, carved wood, Astroturf, and mirrors as well as found objects including clothing, televisions, and baby carriages. Often satirical, her art was inspired by sources as diverse as Pre-Columbian art, Cubism, folk art, and Surrealism.
Says Pacini, “My co-juror Jennifer Sargent and I are both impressed with the way the students took found materials and turned them into fully realized works of art. Several of them used old crates designed to ship Brooks artworks around the world and turned them into abstracted human beings. The sense of humor, pathos, and whimsy in the submissions will make Marisol and all the visitors to the exhibition smile.”
The selected works range in size from one to eight feet tall with many individual responses to Marisol. On May 30, there will be an artist reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pontotoc Café, 314 S. Main. Free and open to the public, it is part of South Main Trolley Night held the last Friday of every month.
“Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper” will premiere at the Brooks Museum (which is located near the Rhodes campus) on June 14 and remain on view until Sept. 7. For more information, search #meetMarisol.