Abstract compositions fill Gallery Fifty Six in July
Bryan Blankenship’s new exhibit Metes & Bounds at Gallery Fifty Six is comprised of a selection of wall constructions inspired by the artists’ fascination with aerial imagery of diverse natural and manmade landmasses. These works are the result of taking common, often seen aerial images of rural and urban landscapes and making them uncommon utilizing actual and implied textures enhanced by diverse color schemes. Blankenship’s abstract compositions are constructed by arranging various sizes of textured oil painted Masonite shapes. The pieces are then mounted on boards that are floated off the wall. The works in this exhibition range in size from small, intimate pieces up to larger wall constructions.
Bryan Blankenship was born in West Plains, Missouri in 1965. He currently lives and works in Memphis where he is the 3D Building Technician for the Department of Art at the University of Memphis. His sculptures, paintings, and pottery have been exhibited both locally and nationally. He has been working as a functional potter for 20 years, and is a member of the Memphis Potters’ Guild. He received a BFA in 1994 and an MA in 1998, both from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. In 2000 Bryan got his MFA from the University of Memphis.
Metes & Bounds runs from July 8 thru July 30 at Gallery Fifty Six, with an artist reception on July 8 from 5-8pm. All are welcome to attend.