One of the Jax’s fall arts season’s most heralded shows Epoch will hold its closing reception on Friday, February 5th with a mask-mandatory artist reception at Florida Mining Gallery. A collection of multi-disciplinary works curated by Marcus Kenney and featuring recognized artists from across the southeast, Epoch offers the view that artists are already writing the first draft of history–a laundry list of modern predicaments in a world that’s an open-ended global pandemic, reckoning with equality and justice, animated by algorithms, divided by political leanings, et al.
The show, which features new works by a diverse crew of standout visual artists–most of them local or regional–was curated by Savannah-based sculptor, painter and photographer Marcus Kenney. The works on display include paintings by Betsy Cain, Jeremiah Jossim, and Jason John; mixed-media pieces by Cedric Smith and Sharon Norwood; film photography by Emily Earl; and more offer a distinctive view of our modern moment. Locals are well-represented as well, with works by Malc Jackson and Dustin Harewood. Among the show’s must-see pieces, Russ Noto’s minimalist “Untitled (X)” and Coulter Fussel’s quilt, “Peacable Kingdom Textiles,” are standouts. In all, 14 artists unpack contemporary history on the walls of Florida Mining.
“This year will forever be considered as the time the world shifted. Into what? No one truly knows yet,” Kenney told us back in November. Kenney’s own work has received glowing reviews from virtually every major publication, including Art in America, New American Paintings, ART PAPERS, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Artvoices Magazine, and more. For Epoch, Kenney organized a multidisciplinary show that represents a substantial entry into the historical record.
“Art that is created out of the experiences of this time will be a lasting document of the confounding era we are living through,” he says. “It’s hard to see over the horizon when your feet are on the ground, but artists are good at climbing trees, hills, mountains, flying above— and foreseeing what is coming.”
Friday will be your last chance to peep what has been an epic show hosted by an unimpeachably excellent contemporary gallery. Mask up and take a look.
A socially distanced artist reception will be held at Florida Mining at 5600 Shad Rd, from 6-9pm on Friday, Feb 5. Public viewing is from 7-8pm. Masks required. RSVP here.