by Chris Davis
Artist/consultant Jay Etkin, whose now-closed Memphis galleries were once cornerstones of both the developing Cooper-Young and South Main neighborhoods, wants you to see his new work.
He also thinks you need to check your scuffy shoes.
Although he packed up shop and headed to Santa Fe a few years back Etkin's never completely left Memphis and he'll make his presence known at tonight's South Main Trolley Tour (Friday, September 27).
Etkin, an abstract painter whose works are notable for their depth and richness of color, is having a one man show of new paintings and sculptures and Leadership Memphis' Gallery 363.
Intense, right? But Etkin, who also gave us the adorable, affordable and ever-so-satirical "bag-o-art" series, has a wittier, poppier, and more playful side too that will be represented, to some degree, in a series of stacked sculptures. He knows it never hurts to give the people a little something extra either so, to celebrate his first solo opening in Memphis in ages, complementary shoe shines will be given throughout the evening.
I believe it's a first," Etkin says of the shines. "I was personally going to shine shoes, but thought it best to have a professional do it!"
If you miss this show you'll miss the shine but Etkin is opening a new art space next door to Alchemy in Cooper-Young, so he'll be around.