April in the Cultural Arts Gallery
March is winding down, and this weekend I'll be de-installing the Title IX exhibition. In its place will be 'Key Lime,' an exhibition of works by Graham Marshall.
I'm excited about this exhibit for a couple of different reasons, the first being completely personal. I consider Graham to be one of my friends. I first met him in January of 2020 when I was still writing for PATTERN, and I was assigned to go interview him about his upcoming exhibition at Storage Space Art Gallery. Later, when we connected on social media, we discovered that he'd actually been to my solo exhibition at Hoy Polloy in August 2019.
I didn't really know what to expect, but I was floored by what I saw. Marshall had produced soft sculptures in the shape of fruit, and a collection of verdant paintings that seemed to humidify the room. Perhaps what's most impressive about Marshall's artistic practice is that he's self-taught. Utilizing a color palette that includes neons and every shade of green imaginable, as well as a horror vacui approach, Graham creates works that appear purely decorative at first glance. However, his collection of works are informed by his day job working with environmental regulations, and are inseparable from the Anthropocene age in which we currently live.
If you get the chance, I hope you'll come through the Cultural Arts Gallery in April. I have no doubt that the exhibition will be as thought-provoking as it is cathartic. As always, the gallery is free and open to the public.