Venture out for some fresh art this weekend

Last updated on November 21st, 2014 at 01:25 pm


Trail of Tears by Paul McLean, 2014 Ink, acrylic and charcoal on canvas. At David Lusk Gallery through July 26.

Trail of Tears by Paul McLean, 2014 Ink, acrylic and charcoal on canvas.
At David Lusk Gallery through July 26.

On the first Saturday of every month, an alliance of art galleries and museums collectively invite the public to explore the vibrant Nashville downtown art scene. The First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown, July 5, runs from 6–9 pm. It is presented by 5th Avenue of the Arts, and is a monthly visual arts event occurring in the historic entertainment district of downtown Nashville.

Admission is free, and approximately 2,000 attendees are welcomed each month.

The Arts Company introduces ‘The World of Daryl Thetford,’ a new series of limited-edition photographs by Daryl Thetford. The work will be on view through August 8 during regular gallery hours, 11 am-5 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, at 215 5th Avenue of the Arts in downtown Nashville.

The Rymer Gallery continues ‘Quintessential Delta- new paintings by Betsy Brackin.’ Tinney Contemporary presents ‘William Klein + Daido Moriyama, Selections from Tate Modern,’ guest curated by Susan Sherrick. ‘Performance Platforms’ include Greg Bryant (in front of The Arts Company) and Bri & the Dr. (in front of Rymer and Tinney galleries).

Over in the Wedgewood-Houston district near the Nashville Sounds ballpark, two galleries at 516 Hagan Street have new shows debuting this weekend.

David Lusk Gallery opens ‘code duello: old hick and a big bang’ by Paul McLean. Over a career spanning three decades, McLean has explored dimensional (4D) art, drawing from a spectrum of sources and influences to create dynamic narrative images. His series map convergent phenomena over time. The artist has approached his practice as a progressively revealing sequence of experiments, always rooted in the domain of meaning and value, means and values.

Since the mid ‘90s, McLean has integrated digital processes into his studio flow. He was an early adopter of computer-generated printing, Internet-based art, social media and camera (moving and still) output. Embracing multi-disciplinary approaches to making art, McLean has toggled between solo and collective production, insisting that the play, the shared discourse and the joint projects connecting the artist to his creative collaborators is complementary to his contemporary solo endeavors. McLean has bolstered his craft or technical explorations with forays into the linked systems of science and philosophy, consistently finding inspiration in the disciplines dedicated to understanding the workings of our universe.

Zeitgeist Gallery welcomes you to ‘Cannonball Run III,’ a group show that includes artists from coast to coast working in a range of media, running through Aug 30. Karen Barbour is an illustrator working in San Francisco, whose work is part imagination, part memory—part drawn from life. Chris Roberson is a Brooklyn-based artist working with basketballs, laser cutters, fabric, and acrylic. Lauren Ruth is a sculpture and performance artist living and teaching in Chattanooga, Tenn. Hans Schmitt-Matzen is a visual artist based in Nashville. A Zeitgeist regular, his new, exciting work with neon extends past the bounds of what we’ve come to expect from him. ‘Sonnenzimmer’ is Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi, a Chicago-based couple specializing in printmaking famous for their music posters.