David Lusk Gallery, Memphis / Nashville
Beginning with a love of wordplay, John Salvest’s site-specific installations and object-based art explore issues of time and mortality, the paradoxes of life and the true and proverbial in literature. He often employs literature and a sharp eye to create subtly provocative yet often ironic perceptions into the human condition. Working from collected objects specific for the installation or sculpture (business cards, matches, bottle caps, and stamps for his smaller “objects,” as he calls them, while shipping containers, billboards, far more business cards, punching bags are incorporated in his larger projects). His use of text and language as form allow for a range of interpretation and requires the viewer to examine connotations between text and everyday objects.
Based in Jonesboro, AR, Salvest is a Professor of Art at Arkansas State University. He received his B.A. In English from Duke University and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Iowa. In addition to being reviewed and featured in numerous publications, such as Art in America, The New York Times, Art Papers and The New York Examiner, Salvest is the recipient of various awards and grants including two National Endowments for the Arts Fellowships and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. His notable public art projects locations include the Cannon Center for Performing Arts in Memphis, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Grand Arts in Kansas City.
Legendary photographer Jack Spencer is best known for his portraiture and scenes of the American South. His manipulated photographs, while reminiscent of paintings by American realist artist Edward Hopper, possess profound tranquility and spiritual presence. His most recent series uses the entire nation as source material, originating as a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Through 13 years, 48 states, and 80,000 miles, Spencer constructed an immense visual archive of wild and sublime landscapes, straightforward small-town storefronts, and scenes from everyday life. His works radiate a sensory magnetism wherein eerie fog, blistering heat, and humid breezes are not only seen but felt. Spencer’s images reveal that the mythical “frontier” of America--at once vast and mundane, diverse and mysterious, beautiful and damned--is still alive and present.
Jack Spencer was born in Mississippi and resides in Nashville. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in United States, Germany, and Mexico. Monographs of his work have been published by the University of Texas, LSU, and Vanderbilt Press and 21st Editions. His work is featured in the collections of Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; The Brookings Institute, Fairfax, VA; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; Emory University, Atlanta, GA; First Tennessee Bank, Lebanon, TN; Goldman Sachs & Company, Memphis, TN; Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC; Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX; Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; Morris Museum, Augusta, GA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH; Pearl Corporation, Tokyo, Japan; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Atlanta, GA; and the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN.