Beyond the Surface

Jack Spencer. Niñas, Día de los Muertos, 2000. Archival pigment print, 24 x 24 in. © Jack Spencer.

From, a story about a new photography exhibition at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts:

The work of Nashville-based photographer Jack Spencer will be on view at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts from July 12 through Oct. 13, 2013 in the Center?s Upper-Level Galleries. The first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work, Jack Spencer: Beyond the Surface is composed of 70 photographs—selected by the artist and Mark Scala, chief curator at the Frist Center—that reveal the artist’s interest in the ephemerality of life, the subjectivity of perception and the overriding value of beauty. Spencer is renowned for his toned photographs and Southern subjects, but for many years he has focused on other regions and produced color work that approaches pure abstraction. “Spencer’s photographs are distinguished by a painter’s sensibility,” notes Mr. Scala. “His use of richly textured, softly-focused forms and toned surfaces add to the ambiguity and mystery of his photography, a medium often associated with realism and authenticity.”

The Frist Center website has more information about the exhibition.