Some of Martica Griffins older works bring to mind an expanded detail from some larger scene: perhaps one of Turners dazzling, light-drenched seascapes. Like those pieces, theyre filled with glowing, saturated color. Although theyre abstract, their soft edges convey an illusion of depth. Griffins new show, as the title implies, is a look at the South through her eyes: What makes each Southern state unique from the music of Lil' Wayne and Louis Armstrong, to the sermons of Billy Graham, to quilts of Alabama. The connection with Lil Wayne isnt as clear as one might hope, but on seeing these paintings, youll see hints of landscape in their dazzling blues, pinks and rusty browns. And youll agree with Griffins assessment that they convey a sense of joy.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 3. Continues through May 3, 2010