This November brings a fantastic array of visual art offerings to the GNA (Greater Nashville Area). The First Saturday Art Crawls will be held on Saturday, November 1 from 6-9 pm at the galleries on the Fifth Avenue of the Arts and Wedgewood/Houston areas. Here are just a few of the offerings available to you in the downtown, mid-town, and Wedgewood/Houston areas.
Wedgewood/Houston area highlights:
David Lusk Gallery
The David Lusk Gallery at 516 Hagan Street offers Crazy Eyes, a solo exhibition by Nashville artist Mary Addison Hackett, through November 8. The paintings are a display of the artist’s direct observations in-situ around her childhood home (also her current studio), as well as recent camping trips.
Julia Martin Gallery
The Julia Martin Gallery at 444 Humphreys presents Oh Joy! For decades Sheila B. has had a hand in shaping the Nashville aesthetic – from the world famous Loveless Cafe to the massive new ACME Feed & Seed with countless film and video sets in between including the ABC drama “Nashville”. Her famous slogan “Quit Your Meanness” graces many bumpers and venues in Nashville. Her beloved paintings have been out of production for more than five years, which makes this a particularly exciting show.
Seed Space presents The Place You Will Wait for the Rest of Your Life by Greg Pond, opening Saturday, November 1 at Seed Space, 1201 4th Ave South, Nashville, during the Art Crawl. The Place You Will Wait for the Rest of Your Life is an exhibition that combines Greg Pond’s previous work with a documentary project he has undertaken over the last 9 months. Since January 2014 Pond has been working with photographer Amy Johnson on an ongoing documentary project about the community of Patten Towers, a Section 8 housing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The project follows several residents, developing unique works in collaboration with each person. One of the residents is man named Crazy Horse, who possesses a remarkable creative brilliance. This exhibition involves Pond’s sculpture sound and video work, Crazy Horse’s writing and collages, and photography made in collaboration Amy Johnson. Pond has made sculptures, video, and sound that extrapolate upon his views of working on the documentary that meld with his own individual heuristic practice. The collection of works circulates around notions of how each of us psychologically locate ourselves within our surroundings and the resultant desires that develop from this sense of place.
Seed Space is managed by Adrienne Outlaw, Founder and Director; Rachel Bubis, Curator; and Andri Alexandrou, Programs Manager, located at 1201 4th Ave South, in the Track One building, which sits adjacent to the Chestnut Building (former home to Seed Space), on the corner of Chestnut St and 4th Avenue South. When visiting, please park in the gravel lot on the corner, and look for the laminated Seed Space sign under a large red awning, open Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please call (615) 293-2413 for directions or to check availability.
Downtown on the Fifth Avenue of the Arts, there are over a dozen great galleries to choose from.
The Arts Company presents The New Nashville: Paintings by Brett Weaver, an exhibition commissioned by the gallery to showcase the diversity and skill of the painterly qualities of the artist’s work, with a focus on one painter’s view of the interior and exterior new landmarks in the unfolding changes in Nashville at the beginning of the 21st century. A conversation with the artist is scheduled during Salon Saturday at The Arts Company on Saturday, November 15 from 3:00-5:00 pm.
Tinney Contemporary presents Seachange: Indexing The Conscious Moment, New Work by John Folsom through November 29. Seachange is a new exhibition of photo based abstract landscapes inspired by a trip to the island of St. Barth’s in the Caribbean. Through an investigation of perspective distortion and a theory of consciousness known as Orchestrated Objective Reduction, the nature of landscape is reduced to impressions of color and texture. Created utilizing the panorama mode of the iPhone camera these works exploit the slicing artifacts which manifest during improper scanning. This temporal rupture reinforces the notion of consciousness as a series of micro fine bits. Images are printed on canvas, combined with wet media and presented vertically producing an experiential index. Folsom’s new body of work seeks to reveal the nature of our present day reality as a sequence of conscious moments which reinforce our perception of a seamless existence.
The Rymer Gallery is pleased to continue Picture Element : Jeff Grady and James Pearson from their October Exhibition. The show will now run through November 21st. The joint exhibition features the iPod art of Jeff Grady and the newest painted works from James Pearson.
Jeff Grady : As founding inventor of innumerable iPod accessories via his company Digital Lifestyle Outﬁtters, Jeff Grady is more than familiar with his chosen subject matter. At once preserving and repurposing the devices of which his work is comprised, Grady has allowed his viewers the opportunity to experience forever the divine union of design and functionality, something that his corporate family (and the general public) can surely appreciate.
James Pearson : While abstract in execution, Pearson’s painted works are often narrative in subtext, utilizing heavily thematics such as the passing of time, the shifting of perspectives, and experience garnered from interpersonal connection. Perhaps as a means to visual realization, Pearson is also strongly inﬂuenced by an innate love of music. In fact, his works have been frequently praised for their ‘color melodies’, which collectively offer ‘shifting planes and tonalities’ to his viewer.
At the Tennessee State University main campus, the Hiram Van Gordon Memorial Gallery presents Selvage, curated by Jodi Hays and Laura Hutson, through Nov. 21 in Elliott Hall, just off the corner of 37th Ave. No. and John L. Driver Blvd. TSU is proud to host an exhibition that brings artists from Nashville into conversation with nationally exhibiting artists Aimee Miller, Alex Blau, Brandon Donahue, Courtney Adair Johnson, Gabriel Pionkowski, Jodi Hays, Jovencio de la Paz, Louis Schmitt, Maggie Haas, and Shannon Lucy.
Taking its title from a term that indicates the often discarded edge of objects as diverse as quilts and stamps, Selvage looks at textile-driven abstraction in emerging art. Turning a medium around in one’s hands, how one does with sewing and quilting — the intimacy and small scale — or the way in which a fold (what is hidden) and a seam (what is behind) are integral to the making. How can material extend beyond its own formality and become a metaphor for margin?
Mohensin Gallery at 1917 Church Street closes its fantastic Expatriate Archive exhibition, curated by the amazing Sara Lee Burd, on Friday, October 31, so hurry in to catch abstract paintings, naturalistic still-lifes, and photography by some of the GNA’s finest, including Juan Pont Lezica (Argentina), Jorge Yances (Colombia), Jorge Mendoza (Bolivia), Liliana Velez (Colombia), Jairo Prado (Colombia), Yuri Figueroa (Mexico), and Clorinda Bell (Peru). It is hoped that this show leads to a broader conversation about cultural identity and what it is like to have homes in more than one country.
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents “Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1,” featuring new work by ten alumni in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus, opening Thursday, November 20, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., running through December 12. Participating are Jeremy Adams (Film, 2003), Alicia W. Binkley (Graphic Design, 2008), Chris Doubler (Fine Art, 2006), Patricia Earnhardt (Fine Art, 2008), Jennifer Georgescu (Photography, 2008), Derek Gibson (Fine Art, 2004), Pam Jolly Haile (Fine Art, 2013), Joshua Brent Montgomery (Film, 2008), Jaime Raybin (Fine Art, 2006) and Trent Thibodeaux (Graphic Design, 2006).
This inaugural show, organized by the newly formed Watkins Alumni Committee, is the first in an ongoing series that intends to demonstrate the diverse and continued explorations of art across departments among the alumni community. The exhibition and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615.383.4848. Regular Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. (Watkins will be closed Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving.) Admission is free.
Frist Art Center
The first exhibition dedicated to Italian Renaissance art in Nashville since 1934, Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy explores the role of the two major new religious orders in the revival of the arts in Italy during the period 1200 to 1550. The exhibition presents drawings, illuminated manuscripts, liturgical objects, paintings, prints, printed books and sculptures drawn from the collections of major American and European libraries and museums, including works of art from the Vatican Library and Vatican Museums that have never before been exhibited in the United States.
Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. A fully illustrated catalogue published by Philip Wilson Publishers in conjunction with the Frist Center will accompany the exhibition, which opens October 31, 2014 and closes January 25, 2015.
Kandinsky: A Retrospective, organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, both continue through January 4, 2015.
Haynes Galleries presents “Cindy House: Inspired by Nature” through November 15. Travel through the variety and splendor of the New England landscape during Haynes Galleries latest vignette show. The masterful pastels of Cindy House are presented in “Cindy House: Inspired by Nature.” This show is presented in conjunction with “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries” and is on view through November 15 at the gallery on the Music Row Roundabout in Nashville.
Cindy House renders the streams, fields, and shores of Northeast in such exquisite detail that viewers can almost feel the elements. A native of Rhode Island, House has been in tune with nature for most of her life. As a child she explored the woods near her home and later she studied wildlife biology at the University of Maine. Her artistic career began as an illustrator of bird guides, where she honed the highly detailed style she presents in her pastels today.
Her landscapes take the medium beyond the loose, quick rendering viewers might be used to from pastels. In House’s skilled hands, a lone elm stands tall and proud amongst wild grass while a mist rolls down the distant hills. In Common Elders, gulls rest on the lichen-covered rocks as ocean waves come in. Each detail is captured exactly as it appears.
But the photographic realism of these tranquil landscapes is balanced with pristine beauty of House’s scenes. As House says, “to paint the beauty of the land…captures an image for the viewer to contemplate.”
House’s work is included in museum and corporate collections across the Northeast. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Society of Animal Artists. This exhibition is not only a chance for viewers to dive into House’s work, but also an invitation to look pause and reflect on the natural world around them.