The Preacher’s Son offers unique and sustainably-sourced dinner service in a thoughtfully-restored historic church just steps from the Bentonville City Square. To complement the historic architecture of the church, carefully curated works from the Oz Art NWA collection hangs along the brick walls. With an extensive wine list and incredible service, the exclusive dining experience is the perfect setting to celebrate life’s moments – both big and small – and the seasonality of Northwest Arkansas’s finest ingredients. After enjoying a meal with friends, family, or co-workers, visit the rooftop bar or the speakeasy, Undercroft, located below the restaurant.
Two Rivers belongs to a series of quilts made from clothing, textiles, and other materials collected from currently and formerly incarcerated people. Originally trained as a sculptor, artist Jesse Krimes later spent six years in federal prison. While incarcerated, he created and smuggled out artworks using the limited materials he had available: prison sheets, hair gel, plastic utensils. Following his release, he has continued to make artwork that reflects on the prison system in the United States.
This quilt, like others in Krimes’s Elegy Quilts series, shows a domestic scene inspired by incarcerated people’s memories of home. A solitary chair, devoid of a human figure, evokes the absence of Americans who have disappeared from their families into the criminal justice system. For the artist, the materials and images “serve as symbolic stand-ins for the body that yearns to return.” Krimes thinks of his work as a method to make incarcerated people more visible to us: “We’re all still people, whether we’re in prison or not … and we’re all a part of the society, even though you can’t see us. This is a way to visually reintegrate people back into the community,” the artist has explained.
Two Rivers, 2021
Antique quilt, used clothing collected from incarcerated people, assorted textiles
67.50 x 130 in
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Bryson Rand was born in Phoenix, AZ in 1982 as the son of an Air Force pilot, and grew up living around the world. In 2019 Bryson attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, has an MFA from Yale School of Art, a Masters in Art Education from the School of Visual Arts, and a BFA from University of Colorado. Bryson’s first solo exhibition, ‘Some Small Fever’, was held at La MaMa Galleria (NYC) in 2017. He has shown extensively in group exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Haven, Mexico City, and Berlin. He published three books in 2017-18, ‘Some Small Fever’, ‘The Origins of Color’, and ‘Waters’. His work has been included in many publications, including Der Grief, Dear Dave, Matte Magazine, VICE, and NEWSPAPER and was featured on ArtForum.com. Bryson lives and works in Brooklyn with his husband, Ryan. [Source]
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28 x 20 in., 29 x 24 1/4 x 1 3/4 in.
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Jack at the Sink (Skowhegan), 2019 Photograph
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