Most every Artwalk, the Mobile Arts Council (MAC) offices near the corner of Dauphin and Claiborne become the epicenter of activity for the evening. That’s bound to reach new levels with June’s slate of anticipated shows.
First of all, is the emergence of a familiar name whose profile has been low-key for a a few years. Fairhope’s Pinky M. M. Bass was a regular on the bill at GULF Art Space back when the contemporary art space was roaring through the first decade of this new century. Since its demise a few years back, her name has been seen less frequently and it’s a shame.
Her resume includes showings at major museums throughout the region including Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2007, she had her first solo exhibition in New York City.
Bass premieres “Cellular Cosmos” at MAC, a show inspired by a relative’s battle with cancer and Bass’ amazement with the human body’s place in the natural universe. The artist began stitching internal organs onto photographic images She further explored visual ties between cellular shapes and cosmic celestial formations.
One early phase of the exhibit can’t be seen again as it was a collaborative performance piece with Rachel Wright and Renee Cheveallier named “mitos” that took place before a packed house on June 2.
Accompanying Bass’ exhibit will mixed media pieces by Jennalyn Krulish. It will be in place until June 27.
Results from the spring semester of MAC’s educational program ChARTing New Directions will fill the space in the form of a mural painted by the Boys and Girls Club of Cody Road, along with images of the Murals of May from the Realism Project. The program is directed by Riley Brenes and employs Lucy Gaford, Ashley Friend, Devin Ford and Gary Wallace.
Their other project is a “One Mobile Unity Wall” inviting visitors to post and inscribe their visions for the city. The reflections can be added to throughout the month of June and the event will be tied to a Facebook page.
The One Mobile Wall logo was designed by 13-year-old Catherine French, a student of ChARTing New Directions and a member of the Sonny Callaghan Boys and Girls Club.
If you can’t make it through the crush of humanity that’s sure to fill the MAC space on Artwalk, the gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. – noon.
For more info, call 251-432-9796 or go to www.mobilearts.org.