The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
Based in Memphis, Cheairs engages with and uses the particular symbolism of American Regionalism and folk art as a concrete visual platform. Cheairs renders the images with a coupling of local familiarity and affecting mysticism. The work investigates the division between the realm of memory and reality by manipulating the limits of spectacle based on the viewer's sensibility of landscape / figure. Drawing from remembered experience and painted with familiar but auratic properties, the work searches for visual and narrative solutions.