Jeff Morton Is Hunter Invitational III Artist Of The Week

Monday, August 18, 2014
"Muscle Memory Diptych: Mitosis," 2013, Charcoal on Arches paper, 30" x 44"
"Muscle Memory Diptych: Mitosis," 2013, Charcoal on Arches paper, 30" x 44"

Chattanooga artist Jeffrey Morton is the Hunter Museum Invitational III Artist of the Week.  He has been on faculty at Covenant College since 2000 and is the current head of their art department.  

A Yale University alumnus, Mr. Morton received his Master of Fine Art there in 1992, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.  

He is currently exploring the landscape around his home through obsessive drawings and heavily encrusted paintings, an interest which began with a two year residency in Japan earlier in his career. The artist has exhibited around the U.S. and in the southeast, including the Hunter Museum.

Mr. Morton said, "If place, according to art critic Lucy Lippard, is the latitudinal and longitudinal map of a person's life, then my drawings have literally helped me find home. I'm a note-taker, mapmaker, and to a certain extent, a plotter. 

"My practice is to wander the landscape with a notebook by my side and return to my studio with pages of sources for additional works. In the landscape, I am attracted to the organic repetitions found there. Often I find unexpected patterns through the documentation of birds in flight, the diagramming of wind currents over blown grasses, and now for the last four years, through the examination of branching kudzu formations. 

"While the form of kudzu is an intriguing subject, it is the encounter of walking through this strange and invasive landscape that intrigues me more. Actually the experience is scary. These recent drawings have taught me about my art, but they have taught me much more. I have learned about the significance of being grounded in a place I now call home, and how to love the landscape of the south."



Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: I-24 East bridge repair over Chestnut Street at mile marker 178.6 near the U.S. 27 interchange and safety improvements on the bridges over the CSX Railroad and over U.S. 27:  Work on this project continues.  This project will repair the bridge on I 24 East over Chestnut Street at mile marker 178.6 near ... (click for more)

Dance Into Fall Contra Is Saturday

Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society presents Dance into Fall Contra! on Saturday from 7:30-11 p.m., featuring calling by Grant Yost and music by Ed and Elsie.  CTDS dances take place at Brainerd United Methodist Church, Lundy Hall, 4315 Brainerd Road. Admission is $8 and $5 for students and seniors.  Everyone is invited to join the family-friendly event and enjoy ... (click for more)

School Board Approves "Partnership" With State As "Lesser Of 2 Evils"

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 7-2 to join in talks with the State Department of Education leading to a Partnership Zone for five low-performing schools. Joe Smith and David Testerman voted against the plan. Other board members said the only alternative was for the state to take over several low-performing schools under the Achievement School District in which ... (click for more)

Jury Hears About Incident Behind Food Lion That Authorities Say Led To Triple Murders In Lookout Valley; Neighbor Saw Trio With Guns

A Criminal Court jury on Thursday was told about an incident behind the Food Lion on Brown's Ferry Road that authorities say was the motive for an April 9, 2014, massacre at a Lookout Valley trailer park. Brandon Jackson said the incident five days earlier involved Derek Morse, who is standing trial on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree ... (click for more)

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The calendar fills up quickly in September as families return to a packed routine after quieter summer days. Unfortunately, your health might take a backseat to your busy schedule. So make a note on your calendar that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and remind yourself—or the men in your life—about the importance of a healthy prostate.   Prostate cancer is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I Am Very Privileged

A “California Kook” who teaches sociology at San Diego State told her students she would give each extra credit if they would participate in a “White Privilege Checklist” the other day. Understand, there is no pass or fail but, the more of the 20 statements you agree with, reveals you are “more guilty” of being white and therefore more “privileged” than those who are not. I had ... (click for more)