Nashville Visual Arts Events August 1-15
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SooPlex Julian Rogers open studio I got a chance to see Julian’s paintings a few weeks ago in process. They are big, energetic paintings that stack up a few disparate images from pop culture and contemporary life into symmetrical collage-like combinations. They have a slick photographic quality that reminded me of James Rosenquist. The size, colors, and angles made them jump off the wall. They have velocity. A little like Rosenquist again. Julian’s got a more high-minded explanation: “These paintings push the impact of sublime
Twist 1st Anniversary Mail Art Show When it opened a year ago, Twist immediately became an integral part of the lively
TAG The main show is called “Distillery Burning,” featuring work by the Image Distillery group of illustrators: Bryce McCloud (of Isle of Printing fame), Gina Binkley, Dan Brawner (a Watkins professor who has done wonderful things that incorporate his childhood drawings, and some nice charcoal drawings inspired by the NES tree cutting), Jim Sheradden and Bob and Val Tillery. In the smaller back gallery, they’ll show a new series from R. Ellis Orral, painting over the covers of books he picks up in thrift stores.
Arts Company, “White Pony Cadillac: Old Loves & New Blues,” Jonathon Kimbrell. Kimbrell is a young artist with an old soul, painting portraits of pioneer rock, blues and country musicians and the more contemporary people like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits who have an obvious affinity for those roots. You imagine that he thinks of himself having been born a few decades too late. This reception starts a little earlier than some of the others, 5-7.
Downtown Presbyterian Church In addition to the gallery openings, we’re (I’m a member here) doing our pot luck dinner with art on offer by the resident artists (Shane Doling, Beth Gilmore, Heidi Schwartz, Tom Wills, Richard Feaster). This month we’re going for a really church-y thing and serving banana splits at 8:00 until they run out. And Tom Wills is showing some films in the alley.
Deb Garlick, “White Dresses” This show opened on July 25 and continues, but the gallery is going to do an artist’s reception on the 4th. This is a series of paintings of women and girls in white dresses by a Canadian painter who is interested in the things white dresses represent in our society in different contexts, whether it’s a wedding gown or a white summer dress.
Ruby Green, Jean Flint and Judy Rushin I just got the notice on this, will fill in more details over the next few days. The artists are both from Hammond, Louisiana. Flint does sculptures/installations, Rushin is a painter. They look like they share an interest in as Rushin describes it, "detritus," and are attuned to the signs of decay. But that could be off base. I need to look at some more.
Plowhaus, “Bauhaus@Plowhaus” In addition to making an association between Weimar Germany’s great collective and Nashville’s Plowhaus coop, this exhibit features a couple of collaborations that could be good: Beth Seiters and Robert Bruce Scott, Carri Hofaker and Connie Knoch, and Franne Lee and Bil Breyer. This is going to be one of their large group shows, with solo contributions from Marlynda Augelli, John Barcus, Landry Butler, Lynne Carter, Motke Dapp, Mel Davenport, Christopher Cheney, Heather Day, Keith Herendon, John Holland, Jan kendy, Carrie Mills, Robbie Hunsinger, Janet Lee, Stephen McClure, Jammie Preston, Tracy Ratliff, and Belinda Yandell. Like usual it runs a little later than most openings, from 7-11, with live music.
CRAFT: A Creative Community A group of local artists/artisans holds a monthly sale/fair in the parking lot of Lipstick Lounge, the next one is 11-5 on Sunday, August 12.
I learned from an email announcing his yard sale that Tom Thayer is leaving MTSU and going to NY. I’m sure that a good move for him, but it sucks for Middle Tennessee. Tom has one of the widest ranges of artists in the area, and was forming a bridge between visual arts realms and the more advanced fringes of the music and performance scene.