Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center
1860 Mellwood Ave. • 895-3650
Gallery M has given us a twofer: Chinese artist Wang Jianguo, his first show in America, and Derreld Hallenbeck’s take on mid-century modern furniture. As president of the School of Art and Design at Jilin Art Institute at Changchun, Wang’s style is Western, using abstraction with impasto to give texture to his landscapes. He’s been showing his work internationally for years but not in America. Kudos to the curator of the show, Jane Ferebee Smith, for bringing his work to Louisville.
Hallenbeck’s eco-friendly furniture came about despite his upbringing. “I actually had distain for (mid-century modern) design in general,” he says. “The home I grew up in was full of some of the worst representations of the movement. My education gave me … an appreciation for MCM’s efficient, clean aesthetics.” —Jo Anne Triplett