Re­cep­tion tonight opens Mcleod ex­hibit

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Mark Mcleod says his fo­cus for the past 10 years has been “the ever- chang­ing and er­ro­neous na­ture of mem­ory.”

“My in­ter­est in mem­ory stems from my own in­abil­ity to store and re­trieve some long, and most short­term events. I re­mem­ber few events from my child­hood and very lit­tle from my re­cent past,” he says in an artist state­ment.

“This de­fi­ciency has f orced me to rely on sec­ondary stor­age and re­trieval meth­ods. Video has be­come a backup for in­com­plete mem­o­ries and pho­tog­ra­phy has be­come my proof of mo­ments. My life has been sub­se­quently or­ga­nized into lit­tle blue digital fold­ers by year, month and event.”

He ex­plores t he way in­di­vid­u­als ob­serve, record and re­mem­ber life ex­pe­ri­ences in his new ex­hibi t, “Re­flec­tions,” which opened at the Athens Arts Cen­ter, 320 N. White St. in Athens, Tenn., on May 22, and con­tin­ues through July 7. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day.

A re­cep­tion hon­or­ing the artist will be held today, May 25, at 5: 30 p. m. at the gallery.

Mcleod is an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of art at Clevel and State Com­mu­nity Col­lege. He has ar­ranged nu­mer­ous cam­pus ex­hi­bi­tions and res­i­den­cies and was awarded both the STAR Award for Ser­vice and the Distin­guished Fac­ulty Award in 2015. He and wife Au­dra- Kelley, spend sum­mers on cross-coun­try road trips with chil­dren Eli, Mae­gan and Lucy.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the ex­hibit: 423-7458781.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

“Me and Justin at Dol­ly­wood” is the ti­tle of this work by Mark Mcleod.

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