Micheal Mabry: Revelations & Revelry
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery
June 10 – September 6, 2014
Micheal Mabry (b.1961) is originally from Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta region, an agricultural center that is one of the richest cotton-growing areas in the United States. Clarksdale has been significant in the history of the blues, which has become a theme in many of Mabry’s works. Growing up in the country provided Mabry with innumerable subjects to paint. Many of his works depict people of his community engaged in playing music, dancing, playing games, and basically enjoying life together in front of the backdrop of a blues joint or café. His use of bright colors, often using primary colors as the focal point in his juke joint scenes, conveys fun and community spirit. Mabry’s wildlife imagery, on the other hand, conveys a sense of realism, showing the versatility of the artist. The focal point of the exhibition is Eye of the Last Days, a large book (33” x 23”) that took Mabry over eight years to complete. The cover, which contains an eye that opens and closes, is made of several types of tree bark collected by the artist. Different pages of the 75-page book will be revealed each day.
Exhibition funded by the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency,
the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Mabry.