Recent Rhodes graduate and rising performance artists, Jonathan RObert Payne featured a live performance at 6:21 pm on Saturday, May 9.
Intense preoccupations with self-concept, desire, and tribalism are the points of departure for my recent installation and performance work. I tackle these complex personal landscapes in the studio similar to my approach outside of that space: through endurance, perspective, minor successes, immediate pleasures, Pho Binh lunch buffets, constant longing, and inevitable failure. This is all a journey. Utilizing pre-existing cultural objects, movement, body fluid, space, and meditative processes, I continue to simultaneously grapple with and reprieve my poly-consciousness. Ultimately, this show serves as a temporal sanctuary where these performative self-journeys and self-reconciliations shall unfold.
Johnathan Payne is an emerging artist whose creative practice encompasses drawing, painting, collage, performance, and installation art. He has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions, including Voice of the Turtle at Tops Gallery most recently, New Drawings at Beige in 2014, and Pyramid Scheme! at Gallery 363 in 2013. He earned his BA in Art from Rhodes College in 2012, and received the Sally Becker Grinspan Award for Artistic Achievement. Last November, Johnathan was awarded an ArtsAccelerator grant from ArtsMemphis. He currently lives and maintains a studio practice in Memphis, TN.