heading south

March 14, 2012

The charming folks at Oxford American wrote the other day to share their latest issue: The Visual South, which includes a list of their top 100 emerging visual artists of the American South! While the print issue contains the first 40, the latter half of the list is available online. I can’t wait to go back down south to explore the art communities there and enjoy the hospitality, the food, & the pace like we did a few years ago. Here are some of my picks from the list to get you started on your journey south:

Gyun Hur‘s repurposed silk flower rainbow installations!

Johnathon Kelso‘s southern church culture & choir images!

Bruce Davenport, Jr.‘s dizzying marching band drawings!

Jessica Ingram‘s powerful photos of historical sites of racism & hate crimes throughout the South- the crumbling storefront where 14-year-old Emmett Till supposedly whistled at a white woman, which led to his murder; the building where the Ku Klux Klan was founded; and other forgotten locations of countless race-related murders.

All images via the artists’ websites. Thanks to Victoria at OA for the tip!

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