“Homecoming”, a body of work featuring new paintings and collages by Terry Lynn is currently on display at Southside Gallery. The exhibition will be up through May 23rd. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 10th, 5 – 8 PM. Lynn works and lives in Memphis, Tennessee. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to his career as an independent artist, Lynn has worked collaboratively with his twin brother, Jerry. The two brothers’ work is exhibited under the moniker “Twin.” This is Lynn’s second solo exhibition at Southside, his first since 2015.
The new works in “Homecoming” advance a narrative from Lynn’s previous Southside exhibition, “Beyond the Fields.” There are a number of abstract and figurative works on display that tell the story of the black experience, past and present – rural and urban. The exhibition addresses contemporary topics of symbolism and identity as well, including the debate on civil war monuments.
Whisperer is one of the more haunting works in the exhibition. The collage features a single figure in the foreground. Behind the figure is a series of loops, perhaps a chain. In the upper right hand corner of the painting there appears to be a small cross or star, a rudimentary hand points in its direction, beset by a number of lines in the form of smoke or flames. The composition is reminiscent of Munch’s The Scream and evokes similar emotions. It is unclear who the Whisperer is. The figure could be a ghost sent to tell us of our Country’s past sins or a voice for the many slaves whose stories were never told.
Barn, a large-scale painting of a deserted barn, is one of the more familiar paintings in the exhibition. The painting has a dream-like, ephemeral quality. It appears to have been painted from a memory or maybe a number of different memories. The image may not be of one particular building, but a composite of many. It’s a nostalgic work, a scene Lynn knows well.