J. RAY­MOND MIRELES: ‘NEIGH­BORS + IN RET­RO­SPECT’

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Through Sept. 1 at Cir­cuitous Suc­ces­sion Gallery, 500 S. Sec­ond St. Call 901-229-1041, or visit cir­cuitous­suc­ces­sion.com. a sense of night­mar­ish pros­per­ity, en­nui and des­per­a­tion.

At the op­po­site end of the scale, the “Life of the Party” se­ries presents can­did images of peo­ple hav­ing fun, though fun of the sort tinged by hys­te­ria and po­ten­tial vi­o­lence.

One of my fa­vorite images from the “In­vis­i­ble River” se­ries is “An­noyed Wo­man, Bar,” in which the fig­ure of the pho­to­graph’s ti­tle gazes at the pho­tog­ra­pher wearily and sar­cas­ti­cally, clearly wish­ing he would go away.

Also from the “In­vis­i­ble River” group is one of the most beau­ti­ful and haunt­ing images I have seen in a long time. “Dis­carded Tele­vi­sion” is a de­cep­tively sim­ple pic­ture of just that, an old TV set, its in­nards a jumble of wires, tubes and diodes, beached at the edge of Cal­i­for­nia’s Sal­ton Sea.

The light is dark and fear­some, and the whole im­age ex­udes a kind of ex­is­ten­tial dread of aban­doned ob­jects, at the same time as it projects a sub­lime ra­di­ance of sky, wa­ter and earth.

The fig­ures in the se­quence of “Neigh­bors” pre­sented here ex­ude im­mense calm and dig­nity. In their forth­right pos­tures and frank individuality, they seem al­most sculp­tural, the em­bod­i­ment of a hu­man spirit that may be hum­ble in ori­gin but is mag­nif­i­cent in ex­pec­ta­tion and com­po­sure, from “Neon Bur­gundy, Drag Queen” in New Or­leans to the young fe­male clam dig­ger in Shel­ton, Washington, to “Chuco,” a for­mer gang mem­ber ex-con turned mo­ti­va­tional speaker.

With their su­per-sat­u­rated hues, stark white back­grounds and in­tense de­pic­tions of ev­ery de­tail, these images seem time­less.

View­ers fa­mil­iar with Richard Ave­don’s work may be re­minded of his project that cul­mi­nated in “In the Amer­i­can West” in 1985, but where that justly fa­mous se­ries of black-and-white images dwelt on a com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor of mis­ery and ca­su­alty, Mireles’ work in “Neigh­bors” em­pha­sizes self-suf­fi­ciency, com­mu­nity and pride. Art Mu­seum of the Univer­sity of Mem­phis (Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Fine Arts Build­ing), 3750 Nor­ris­wood: “Fly­ing Col­ors: Asafo Flags of the Fante,” through Oct. 1. Col­or­ful flags from the Fante peo­ple of Ghana in West Africa. 901-678-2224. mem­phis.edu/amum Cir­cuitous Suc­ces­sion Gallery, 500 S. Sec­ond: J. Ray­mond Mireles Ret­ro­spec­tive, through Sept. 1. Clos­ing re­cep­tion 6-9 p.m. Aug. 26. Pho­to­graphic com­pi­la­tion of San Diego artist Mireles’ work from past to present, in­clud­ing re­cent pho­tos of Mem­phis res­i­dents that are part of his lat­est project, Neigh­bors. 901-229-1041. cir­cuitous­suc­ces­sion.com Dixon Gallery and Gar­dens, 4339 Park: “Their Line Has Gone Out Through All the Earth: Spring and Sum­mer Flower Draw­ings by Car­lyle Wolfe,” through Aug. 7. Ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures plants that flower from the months of Fe­bru­ary to Au­gust. Also, “The Im­pres­sion­ist Rev­o­lu­tion: Forty Years of French Art at the Dixon,” ends Sun­day. 901761-5250. dixon.org Epiphany Sa­lon & Gallery, 440 N. Front (Suite 104): Ju­dith Wein­traub: Art Show, through Aug. 31. 901-5223010. epiphanysa­lon­mem­phis.com Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 S. Cooper: Sum­mer Group Ex­hi­bi­tion: Part 1, through July 30. Works by Johnny Taylor, Julie Schumer, Pam Cobb, Nathan Yoakum. 901550-0064. Gallery Ten Ninety One, 7151 Cherry Farms Road (WKNO Dig­i­tal Me­dia Cen­ter), Cor­dova: The 35th Ju­ried Ex­hi­bi­tion of the Ten­nessee Wa­ter­color So­ci­ety, through July 28. Thirty se­lected paint­ings. 901-458-2521. wkno. org David Lusk Gallery-mem­phis, 97 Till­man St.: Nancy Cheairs: “New Paint­ings,” Tim Crow­der: “Ac­cu­mu­la­tor” and Kelly S. Wil­liams: “The Play­book,” through July 30. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues­day through Fri­day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Satur­day. 901-767-3800. david­luskgallery.com Mem­phis Brooks Mu­seum of Art, 1934 Po­plar Ave., Over­ton Park: Veda Reed: “Day into Night,” through Sept. 4. 901-544-6200. brooksmu­seum.org Mem­phis Col­lege of Art’s Nesin Grad­u­ate School, 477 S. Main St.: “2016 Bi­en­nial Alumni Ex­hi­bi­tion,” through Aug. 6 in Hyde Gallery. Re­cep­tion 6-9 p.m. July 29. Work from 28 alumni and for­mer stu­dents in me­dia rang­ing from sculp­ture and ab­stract paint­ings to in­stal­la­tions and video pro­jec­tions. Noon-5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day; noon-7 p.m. Satur­day and on Trol­ley Nights. 901-272-5100. Mem­phis Col­lege of Art, 1930 Po­plar (Over­ton Park): “Sankofa: An An­ces­tral Jour­ney,” through July 30 in Rust Hall Alumni Gallery. Sculp­ture in­cor­po­rat­ing found ob­jects, in­stal­la­tions, ex­cerpts of cre­ative writ­ing. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Satur­day, noon-4 p.m. Sun­day. mca.edu Na­tional Or­na­men­tal Metal Mu­seum, 374 Metal Mu­seum Drive: Stephen Yusko: “Trib­u­taries,” through Aug. 7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues­day through Satur­day, noon-5 p.m. Sun­day; closed Mon­days. 901-774-6380. metal­mu­seum.org L Ross Gallery, 5040 San­der­lin, Suite 104: Sum­mer Group Ex­hi­bi­tion, through July 30. Paint­ing and sculp­ture. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues­day through Fri­day; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur­day. 901-767-2200. Lross­gallery.com. Tops Gallery, 400 S. Front: Haynes Ri­ley: “An At­ti­tude You Can Wear,” through Aug. 13. New works. 901-3400134. tops­gallery.com.

John Mireles, “Chuco.” From “Neigh­bors + in ret­ro­spect” at Cir­cuitous Suc­ces­sion Gallery.

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