My friend Liz Sweibel and Ben Butler are presenting an interesting art show: Parts to a Whole. It opened on September 22 at the Medicine Factory, located at 85 Virginia Ave. West, Memphis Tennessee. As the invitation describes it, “In Parts to the Whole Butler and Sweibel present sculpture and drawings referencing ideas of gathering, systems, materiality and form. Sweibel and Butler both create their work through an accumulation of parts. However, the methods and sensibilities with which they approach the material yield very different work.”
I have covered Liz’s work before and she does very thoughtful works that allow you to think. See for example, Many Kinds of Nothing Creates a Nice Art Space and Liz Sweibel’s New Art Web Site and Blog. Below is one of Liz’s works from the show.
The site goes on to describes her work as follows: “Sweibel, like Butler, also arrives at a formal conclusion through the act and labor of making. While Butler’s work references order, classification and systems, Sweibel works from a more visceral - yet still formal - place, referencing more poetic ideas of absence, longing, and relationship. Sweibel writes, “My pieces are intimate records of activity that draw attention to attention - given received, withdrawn, absent. The visual and visceral impact of each tiny point of contact, overlap or disconnect are what the work both reduces and expands to. It matches my experience of the world as the accumulation and juxtaposition of small decisions and acts that seem simple but aren’t.”
If you are in the Memphis area, I certainly encourage you to take in this show