Memphis – The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) is proud to announce two new exhibits by Lurlynn Franklin: “cross words / qwik chik fixe$” and “fabled truths: self-portaits & works in progress” beginning August 22 through October 2. An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library.
Known for themes such as race and gender, Franklin’s exhibits contain several pieces based on social issues. In the two exhibits, she juxtaposes not only color and shape but concepts. “My art is in the gray area. We are uncomfortable with that place and that is where we should be. Not everything is black and white like we would like,” states Franklin. “Qwik chik” is her way of expressing the internalization of external social issues that cause women to go to superficial extremes in the “gray area” such as cosmetic surgery. The exhibit is also titled “cross words” because each piece juxtaposes one aspect against another within the same frame.
The second exhibit, “fabled truths: self-portaits & works in progress” will be featured in the Gallery Foyer and is a visual example of Franklin’s work in continuous progress. Franklin notes “These self-portraits show the snap decisions that some go through and the pain that is required to turn the wheels to reach the truth about self. It is pain but a brave pain to endure.” The immersion in this “brave pain” Franklin has faced is the basis of each painting.
Franklin’s conceptual art began after receiving her B.A. in Visual Art from Minot State University in North Dakota and M.F.A. in Painting at the Memphis College of Art. She has been commissioned to paint several posters including the 2000 Memphis in May Festival poster. Her work has received awards from Memphis area entities such as The Bodine Company, Memphis Arts Council and Tennessee Arts Commission. Franklin has had solo and group exhibitions displayed at galleries across the country.
Hours at the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery are Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:00-11:00 p.m. Hours may vary due to university schedules. Call (901) 321-3243 to verify, or visit the website at www.cbu.edu/library/gallery. ###