By Jim Allman
[singlepic id=300 w=320 h=240 float=left]The latest show to hit Midtown Memphis’ new but increasingly potent Gallery 210 is a collaboration between Chris Nadaskay and Melinda Eckley titled, Sitting up with the Dead. This title refers to the distinctly southern tradition of keeping a vigil over the recently departed. You’re probably wondering “Who’s passed?” According to Nadaskay and Eckley it is our modern culture’s place of archeological significance.
The show will exhibit a museum like atmosphere in an attempt to encapsulate the feeling that each piece is a “remnant of some future past” excavated and historically meaningful. But what is it that our present culture esteems, and how will its treasures be perceived when exhumed? What contribution, if any, will they make? Will they liberate, enlighten or impede?
Nadaskay and Eckley are both artists of repute and professors at Union University. Eckley is also an alumni of Memphis College of Art. Nadaskay currently works in mixed media/ceramic wall relief, while Eckley creates sculptural installations.
Gallery 210 is located in Lifelink Church at 1015 S. Cooper. The show opens with a reception and artist lecture and runs July 16th-August 15th. The opening night reception (July 16th from 6-8 pm) is open and free to the public. General gallery hours are from 9 am-noon, Monday-Friday and 9 am-1 pm, Sundays. For more information please call 901-377-3372.