"With Good Intentions," a one-night-only show at Nu on July 26th, revolves around the theme of identity and features work from student artists Jeff Muncy, Ashlyn Williams, Anna Lacy, and Whitney Kerr.
Barrett Smyth, a 21-year-old student at the Memphis College of Art, organized "With Good Intentions" and has his own pieces in the show. Smyth says his paintings address being homosexual in Memphis. According to Smyth, he came to Memphis from an accepting community and did not feel so welcome here. For the show, he has three paintings. In the center is a nude that has him at his most vulnerable, the background a grimy gray, which represents how Smyth felt he was "polluting society by being here." The nude is flanked by two abstracts — one with bold green and blue streaks for the masculine, the other with hot pink for the feminine.
Kevin Mitchell opened Nu on Broad in February and says "With Good Intentions" is a good fit for the gallery. Mitchell says he's interested in showing works by emerging artists and in showing "alternative art."
"The art," Mitchell says, "is not going to match the end table."
With Good Intentions at Nu Gallery (2577 Broad), Friday, July 26th, 6-9 p.m.