Exhibit features shotgun house, retired sharecroppers

Artist Jesse Lott and Travis Whitfield teamed up to work on their upcoming show, the road so far.

The show at th e F iv e P oi nt s M u seum o f C o nt emporary A r t not only features drawings and sculptures but also an entire shotgun house constructed over the course of two months.

Whitfield, who is the mayor of a Keachi, Louisiana, recreated a shotgun home of a resident of the small town in the DeSoto Parish – he photographed retired sharecroppers from the area and incorporated them into the show.

“So as we these guys all passed away they became by studies, and I’m actually a landscape painter but I also do portraits, it took me three years to get them to agree to sit for me, and so I took all these photographs and that’s what this is and as they passed away, I was able to salvage some of their furnishings from their houses,” Whitfield said.

Lott’s contributions to the show include drawings and sculpture – which he argues are both line drawings because each have a group of lines affixed to points in space.

“Different plane, same phenomenon,” Whitfield said.

Both artists have worked with museum owner and director – Ann Harithas since 1970.

“The great thing about that was, no pressure, she received whatever an artist wanted to do and you know if it sold it was fine but there was no pressure for that,” Whitfield said.

And Lott says you don’t have to break the bank for materials as an artist, because most of them can found in nature.

“We take these objects and we re-contextualize them and in doing so we add meaning that may have not been intended but it’s forceful enough to make an impression on the mind of a viewer,” Lott said.

The show opens at 5 p.m. Saturday with a reception featuring a zydeco band and an artist talk. It is expected to run through May.

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