Southside Gallery will display mobiles by Spence Kellum and watercolors by Laurin McCracken through Septermber 7.
An artists’ reception is scheduled for Friday, September 6, 5 – 8 PM.
Spence Kellum’s mobiles are easily recognizable and have drawn comparisons to the work of Alexander Calder. Most are constructed with copper wire and found objects, including, but not limited to, glass, flattened pennies, duck decoy eyes, copper plates and other assorted items. The mobiles Kellum creates are versatile and durable. They can be exhibited indoors and out.
Kellum’s mobiles are often inspired by science and nature. He has designed botanical mobiles, landscape mobiles and mobiles representative of DNA strands.
Spence Kellum grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. He earned a B.A. in architecture from Mississippi State University in 1988 and a Master of Landscape Architecture, also from Mississippi State, in 2010.
Laurin McCracken’s watercolors are inspired by 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish still life paintings. His superb draftsmanship and attention to detail are evident in his still life paintings of subjects varying from fine silver and linen to wind up toys. On occasion, McCracken has also painted landscapes and figurative works. McCracken spent his childhood in Meridian, Mississippi. After graduating high school, he attended Auburn University before transferring to Rice University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees. McCracken later earned a Masters of Architecture and Urban Planning degree from Princeton University and also studied at The Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited internationally, featured in numerous publications and is widely sought after by collectors.