Project Overview

No Wonder - Cook Convention Center

In this whimsical sculpture, Myatt plays with scale and zeros in on the importance of size hierarchies when looking at our environment.

Greely Myatt's sculpture "No Wonder" of 1991 was acquired through direct purchase program for the collection of the City of Memphis' Percent-for-art Program in 2009. Made of reclaimed metal, wood and paint, the work is sited in the West Concourse of the Cook Convention Center. In this whimsical sculpture, Myatt plays with scale and zeros in on the importance of size hierarchies when looking at our environment. While the monumental glass pyramid on the Memphis riverfront commands the surrounding cityscape, its colorful model shrinks within the chair sculpture constructed of recycled bedsprings.

Other Memphis projects by Greely Myatt are the permanent public art project Quiltsurround on City Hall Plaza and the award-winning Cloudy Thoughts billboard at the occasion of the UrbanArt Commission's 10th anniversary in 2007 as one of 10 temporary installations.

 

About the Artist

Greely Myatt

Greely Myatt was born and educated in Mississippi. He currently lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is Professor of Art at The University of Memphis. His sculptures and installations have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States, Europe and Japan.  He has received grants and fellowships from the Tennessee Arts Commission, The University of Memphis, The University of Georgia, Alternate Roots, Atlanta, and received the Mississippi Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award in 1994. Myatt was an exchange artist to Israel in 1998. In 2009 work from twenty years of living and working in Memphis were exhibited across the city in nine separate venues. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, ArtNews, Sculpture Magazine and in online versions of ArtForum and Juxtapoz Magazine. He is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, and David Lusk Gallery, Memphis.