Brian Pera: I Thought I Might See You Here
January 23 – February 22, 2015
Artist’s Lecture: January 22, 6:00 pm, Blount Auditorium
Opening Reception: January 23, 6:00-8:00 pm, Clough Hanson Gallery
Pera employs sculpture, audio, text, and film to memorialize his friend, who was central to a community of knitters in Memphis. He constructs a meditation that is rich with contrasts, illuminating the varied forms that memory tinged by grief may take; riotous color and deep darkness, knowing specificity and cloak-like abstraction, restlessness and calm. Speaking about this body of work, Pera says “I liked the contradiction - going into a dark period, a mourning, armed with color, shape, memories and texture…I didn't want answers in the work because I know there are none. If anything, I wanted to find a way to embrace that.”
An accomplished filmmaker, author, and artist, Brian Pera lives in Memphis, TN. His films include The Way I See Things, Woman’s Picture, and Only Child. He is the author of Troublemaker (St. Martin’s Press) and the co-editor of Life As We Show It. For more information visit evelynavenue.com.