LAURA: You make it seem like we were setting a trap.
AMANDA: All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.
[Legend to the screen: “A pretty trap.”]
From The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams.
Campbell’s Bakery has new owners but the food is just as amazing as ever. During the last ArtMix I was delighted to find that they’d expanded a bit and there was a hidden gallery to the side, now, and it was filled top to bottom with the bursting, vibrant colors of Ellen Langford. Ellen’s sense of rich color and her impressionistic, wide-brushed style has long made her one of the most popular modern-day Mississippi artists, but with her latest work she’s simply outdoing herself. Great bursts of oranges and blues flow over unmistakably Southern figures in their overalls and sundresses, ranging across simply gigantic canvases, many with skinny little dogs nipping along with them. One of my favorite things is how she does the back legs of dogs. It’s those details that make the paintings leap to life.
A Pretty Trap is part of a series I’ve termed, completely without imagination, as my “seventies series.” The blown-out color of it and Ghost of This Town, Heavy Chevy, and Alabama GTO evoke a certain sense of time and place for me—namely, growing up in Alabama in the seventies and eighties. I love the very seventies brown-on-brown of Lula’s boot on a wooden floor coupled with that flashy, burned-out neon of the Campbell’s sign—and for some reason they just worked well together.
Don’t forget that tonight is Fracture, the new show at Light + Glass Gallery here in Jackson. Roy’s already cheated and put his stuff online, but it’ll be well worth it to see it live, with free beer! I’ve gotten a few sneak peeks of what Jerri has put together under the show’s theme, and it’s quite frankly amazing. See you there.