David Lusk Gallery Memphis kicks off 2018 with Jared Small’s third solo show Dimension. A collection of paintings on panel and velum, Small’s newest body of work features flowers floating in ethereal spaces and Southern homes existing in ambiguity.
Small’s ability to accurately detail exactly what he sees is one of his greatest talents. He describes his practice as, “…trying to accomplish a dream-like state. I’m imagining other people’s memories—fading, but still there.” The flowers drip and meld on the surface of the painting, drawing the viewer back to a moment in time.
Harnessing a style similar to magical realism, Small focuses the center of each painting on a painstakingly accurate image of a house or flower while the background dissolves into abstract elements that devise an emotional and dramatic interpretation of the subject. This technique allows small to hypnotize the viewer into a dream-like state, caught between the realities of the obvious image and the possible mysteries that lay beneath the surface.
Essentially self-taught, Small lives and works in Memphis. Public and private collections boast his work, including the monumental allegorical painting True Blues in Nashville Music City Center’s permanent collection. He’s shown his work in galleries and museums, including the Dixon Gallery and Gardens and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, where one of his paintings is included in the permanent collection.