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Brian Bishop
Untitled (Missing Lawrence)
encaustic on panel, 8.5x8.5

Artist Brian Bishop

Courtesy of the artist, Brian Bishop, Department of Art and Music, Framingham State University

Untitled (Missing Lawrence) (2004), is part of a body of work derived from candid Polaroid snap-shots. Bishop would choose images that hinted to a narrative that existed beyond the frame that felt as if, "There was either something critical that happened right before that fragment of time, or that was about to occur. I was interested in really playing with the idea that the audience could complete the narrative, and I was simply trying to find images that had enough power to stimulate a story in the mind of the viewer."

A Memphis native, Bishop completed his BFA at Memphis College of Art and later served as its Director of Exhibitions before leaving the city to pursue a teaching career that led to his current position at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. He also served as Director and Curator of the Art Workers Union/Plan B Gallery in Memphis, an important alternative space for contemporary art by local and regional artists in the late 1990's.

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