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KENTURAH DAVIS + DESMOND LEWIS | MEMPHIS

MAY. 21, 2020

Tri-Star Arts + Delta Axis presented a two-person exhibition featuring Kenturah Davis (Los Angeles, CA) + Desmond Lewis (Memphis, TN). The exhibition was organized by  Brian R. Jobe (Tri-Star Arts), and James Patterson (Delta Axis).

Installation View

Installation View, Crosstown Arts: Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis (Detail)


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis


Kenturah Davis (Detail)

Image: Kenturah Davis (Detail)


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis


Kenturah Davis (Los Angeles, CA)

Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture and performances. 

Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening 2020. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

Desmond Lewis

Image: Desmond Lewis


Desmond Lewis (Detail)

Image: Desmond Lewis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis (Detail)

Image: Desmond Lewis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis

Image: Desmond Lewis


Desmond Lewis (Detail)

Image: Desmond Lewis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis (Detail)

Image: Desmond Lewis (Detail)


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis


To explore more work by Kenturah Davis, visit her website:

http://www.kenturah.com/

Kenturah Davis (Detail)

Image: Kenturah Davis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis

Image: Desmond Lewis


Desmond Lewis (Detail)

Image: Desmond Lewis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis (Detail)

Image: Desmond Lewis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis

Image: Desmond Lewis


Desmond Lewis

Image: Desmond Lewis

Desmond Lewis (Memphis, TN)

Desmond Lewis is a sculptor who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Lewis received his AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA in 2012, BS from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2014and MFA from The University of Memphis in 2017Selected group exhibitions include Current Collapse at Ruddell Gallery in 2017 in Spearfish, SD, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery in 2017 in Memphis, TN, Equality Matters at Mildred Cox Gallery in 2017 in Fulton, MO, and The Collective Presents: Liberation at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in 2018 in Memphis, TN.

Public and private collections include the Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Lenoir, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. In 2017, He was named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis. Residencies include the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2018), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2017), and the Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center (2016). His studio is based in Memphis, TN.

Desmond Lewis (Detail)

Image: Desmond Lewis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis (Detail)

Image: Desmond Lewis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis

Image: Desmond Lewis


Desmond Lewis (Detail)

Image: Desmond Lewis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis

Image: Desmond Lewis


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis


To explore more work by Kenturah Davis, visit her website:

http://www.kenturah.com/

Kenturah Davis (Detail)

Image: Kenturah Davis (Detail)


Kenturah Davis (Detail)

Image: Kenturah Davis (Detail)


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis (Detail)


Kenturah Davis (Detail)

Image: Kenturah Davis (Detail)


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis

About:

Tri-Star Arts and Delta Axis share a mission to promote contemporary art in Memphis and to connect Memphis to the national arts network. After years of dialogue, a collaboration between the two organizations emerged in the form of this exhibition. The show featured an artist practicing in Memphis, Desmond Lewis, and an artist practicing outside of Tennessee, Kenturah Davis of Los Angeles, CA. 

Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis (Detail)


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis

Image: Desmond Lewis


Desmond Lewis

Image: Desmond Lewis (Detail)


Desmond Lewis

Image: Desmond Lewis


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis


Kenturah Davis

Image: Kenturah Davis

The two artists were selected to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work. This two-person show is one in a series of annual exhibition projects, organized by Tri-Star Arts, that features Tennessee artists and artists from out of state and organized in partnership with a local organization.


*all photos by Catherine Elizabeth Patton

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