Southside Gallery to exhibit landscapes by various artists

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, June 9, 2016

Southside Gallery will host a summer landscape exhibition that will be on view in the downstairs gallery now through July 9.

There will be an artists’ reception on Friday from 6-8 p.m.

The exhibit will comprise work by the following artists:

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Allie Billmeyer, Neil Callander, Alice Connolly, Avery Cordray, Ansley Givhan, Philip R. Jackson, Mia Kaplan, Daniel Kelly, Chatham Kemp, Lucius Lamar, Terry Lynn, Laura Magbee, Robert Malone, Nicole Rottler, Brooke White, Claire Whitehurst, Carlyle Wolfe and Susan Woodard.

Concurrently on view in the upstairs gallery will be “A Large But Finite Number,” an exhibition of photography by Jason Cimon and sculpture by Lauren Peterson, curated by Hannah Spears. While the landscapes on view in the downstairs gallery take nature as their subject, the works upstairs focus their attention on the man-made and mass-produced.

They boldly confront the material presence of late capitalist consumer society, challenging our tendency not to acknowledge ubiquitous commercial architecture and mass-produced goods as significant manifestations of contemporary culture.

Cimon photographs what he calls consumer-driven landscapes, framing them in such a way as to isolate their formal qualities to the point of abstraction. In so doing, he highlights the ways in which these visual cues have entered our cultural lexicon.

His photos are experiential encounters with these structures and scapes, and as such offer a subjective view of late capitalist society.

Originally from Tupelo, Cimon is currently pursuing an MA in English at the University of Mississippi.

Peterson’s sculptures, which she makes from found materials, reflect her interest in the largely subjective process of devaluation that transforms objects into trash. In considering the material remains of consumer society, her work proposes cultivating an awareness of materiality to combat blind consumption.

Peterson received her MFA in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from Georgia State University, where she currently teaches printmaking and foundations courses.

Her work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Georgia.