Mindy Solomon, Mindy Solomon Gallery presents a collection of photographic and sculptural works by contemporary Southern artists Jeremy Chandler, John Byrd, and Jeremiah Jenkins in an exhibition entitled ‘Southern Fried’.
November 21st â€“ December 16th, 2013
â€œYou learn to forgive (the South) for its narrow mind and growing pains because it has a huge heart. You forgive the stifling summers because the spring is lush and pastel sprinkled, because winter is merciful and brief, because corn bread and sweet tea and fried chicken are every bit as vital to a Sunday as getting dressed up for church, and because any southerner worth their salt says please and thank you. It’s soft air and summer vines, pinewoods and fat homegrown tomatoes. It’s pulling the fruit right off a peach tree and letting the juice run down your chin. It’s a closeted and profound appreciation for our neighbors in Alabama who bear the brunt of the Bubba jokes. The South gets in your blood and nose and skin bone-deep. I am less a part of the South than it is part of me. It’s a romantic notion, being overcome by geography. But we are all a little starry-eyed down here. We’re Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara and Rosa Parks all at once.â€
-Amanda Kyle Williams
‘Southern Fried’ is a multi-faceted term. It implies a style of cookingâ€”crispy, hot, juicy, and full of grease and fat, evoking a sense of sinful unbridled goodness. It also represents a state of malaise and unease; unending heat and stickiness, mosquitos, skewed politics, antiquated behaviors. Yet, it grows within youâ€”a love of the swamps and mangroves, appreciation for a sleeping rat snake soaking up sunlight on a palmetto branch, warm breezes against brilliant sunsets. These are the things that are true. This is the environment where Jeremy Chandler, John Byrd, and Jeremiah Jenkins formed their first sentences and rudimentary scribblesâ€”observed the cultural and emotional demands of their childhoods, and created their own independent artistic dialogues as a reaction response to the land that formed them and gave them their uniquely ‘Southern Fried’ perspective.