Downtown Pine Bluff

We had a great night in Pine Bluff for the opening of the Eviction Quilts series at the Arts & Science Center. Thanks to everyone who showed up and to curatorial staff.

I got to Pine Bluff a little early to photograph the area a bit. Pine Bluff has a fantastic downtown with so much potential. I would love to do an installation or temporary gallery project in one of the old storefronts.

Covered Lions

I feel certain that the new cast aluminum lions at the Fair Park roundabout near the zoo, lovely though they may be, will never be as successful as sculptures as they are right now, covered in black fabric.

Eviction Quilts Exhibit Opening

All nine Eviction Quilts will be on display at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff. The show opens this Thursday, June 27 (with a reception from 5–7 p.m.) and will run through September 28.

“The quilts in this series by James Matthews are all made from clothes and bedding left curbside after local evictions — each quilt representing a single eviction in Little Rock. The found material was washed, pieced, and sewn into quilt tops, which were then backed and hand-tied with cotton yarn. The quilts serve as a sort of material archive, documenting the personal and physical loss of the eviction, while also transforming the fragments into something that speaks to function and comfort.”

Read more.

Delta 60 Premiere

DELTA 60, an Arkansas Arts Center original documentary film, is set to premiere at a special event on June 28. The hour-long documentary explores the innovative work featured in the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition through the eyes of 10 Arkansas artists, following these artists as they create work that addresses place, identity, representation and history.

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Ann Hamilton

From her Body Objects Series.

body object series #17 | toothpick suit.

body object series #17 | toothpick suit.

body object series #13 | toothpick suit/chair.

body object series #13 | toothpick suit/chair.

BLUE Show in Memphis

The BLUE show opened last weekend at Crosstown in Memphis: “Artists were asked to design traditional, modern or art-focused quilts. These range from appliquéd, pieced, collaged, fused, engineered, hand- or machine-stitched, 3-D, painted, sculpted, and any variation in between. The only thing they have in common: 3 layers and stitching.” Below are the two mini-quilts I submitted.

Made from clothing gathered after an eviction.

Made from clothing gathered after an eviction.

Reclaimed quilt, cut to size, spray-painted blue.

Reclaimed quilt, cut to size, spray-painted blue.