Nashville Visual Arts Events Mar. 1-15
I think writers as naïve as me are tempted to believe that if someone ever reads anything you wrote, then they read all of it, and track what you write from piece to piece—so you’d better not recycle an idea or phrase from one outing to the next. Or maybe it’s as a reader from time to time I notice that recycling. The point of this is that I was tempted to say “those of you reading my pieces in the Scene will know the high regard I have for Sam Dunson’s painting.” Well, let’s not worry about whether you, dear email recipients, have tracked on this, but we will make a fresh start. I think Sam has a good claim on being the best painter in
OK, in addition to the openings listed here, Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel has hung up a bunch of her paintings-turned-to-something-like-sculpture-or-at-least-objects high in the rafters of the
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And—check out my wife’s excellent review of Lauren Kalman’s show. Maria is a remarkable person. A great writer, and perceptive to a degree that still thrills me after many years.
TAG, Sam Dunson, Jason Lascu, and Robert Vore. OK, I’ve covered Sam Dunson’s work in the opening paragraph. Enough said for now. Also on tap at TAG are sculptures from Lascu and charcoal drawings by local artist Robert Vore. Robert’s drawings look appealing from
(fov), Teresa VanHatten-Granath VanHatten-Granath is chair of the photography department at
Estel, WJ Cunningham. Portraits by this painter from Madison (TN, not the People’s Republic in
Twist, Rachel Hall Kirk, “The Big Payback” Kirk is teaching art at Austin Peay and has put together an installation for her show at Twist. I don’t know much about the show from the description.
Arts Company, Nelson Grice, Calvin Morton, Hollis Bennett, Kimiko Grice makes raku-fired clay sculptures that mix animal forms with obvious signs of constructedness. The piece in the PR shot, a pig with 4 legs attached like bedposts, has oddly loving details as well as a broadly humorous character. Bennett and Kimiko are both photographers, Kimiko here with a series about
Rymer, Brett Eric Osborn Osborn is Rymer’s featured artist this month. From what I can tell he’s on faculty at SCAD and does dream-like images of people and landscapes in the
Project A, Kathryn Fortson
Art Rogue, Tinney-Cannon, et al Dont' forget Matt Mikulla at ArtRogue, Bart Mangrum, etc. on gallery crawl night. Susan and Virginia are extending their Tony Hernandez show for another month.
Diane Getty, Marnie Sheridan Gallery, Harpeth Hall Getty uses quilting techniques, stitching, and painting to make fabric pictures, some of natural scenes, others more abstract.
CRAFT: A Creative Community A group of local artists/artisans, bringing
Centennial Art Center, Dawn Hale, Lucian Nicholson, Mimi Walsh Dawn Hale does cut paper pieces, often with architectural themes; Nicholson makes sculptural chairs and lighting out of twigs and found materials; and Walsh works in enamels, colored glass fused to metal, which makes for lovely, vividly colored surfaces.
Terri Jones, Watkins I saw an installation by Jones at the 2005 Atlanta Biennial that was really good. In a way the core was a series of delicate, minimal gesture drawings mounted in two-sided glass frames that were installed to form their own diagonal element through the space. She drew the rest of the room into the composition with minimalist sculpture elements and material use to define lines and forms at various points throughout the space. Here’s a review I did of that piece, Now that I think about it, this show could be the other big deal this month.
Cheekwood, Painters of American Life: The Eight. The 8 would be Arthur B. Davies, William Glackens, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, George Luks, Maurice Prendergast, Everett Shinn, and John Sloan, the major painters of
Roger Shimomura lecture, Vanderbilt A painter and printmaker who has dealt with visual stereotypes of Asian and Asian American people and the political and social events that drive them. The lecture is at 7 P.M. in Room 103 of Wilson Hall.
David Berman reading at Watkins. Berman is a poet and the leader of the Silver Jews. Last album was great. There’s a reception at 6 and then he’ll do a reading at 7. If I’m reading the press release correctly, this is his first reading in
TSU Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Cutie Pie. This is a show Jodi Hays put together last year that as the name suggests explores the idea of cuteness, and that certainly is a common/important (you pick the adjective or replace with one of your choosing) trope in art today. The artists include Mark Hosford of Vanderbilt, and his little kids and dolls in cartoonish but gory settings give you an idea of what the show is working on.
Untitled, Active Ingredient This quarter the show is at the Limelight in East Nashville, and in a new twist Untitled is hooking up with the Dr. Sketchy’s group to do a life drawing session during the show, featuring some of Nashville’s burlesque queens as models.
Cumberland Gallery, Billy Renkl, Ken Rowe, Ann Wells Three very solid artists. Billy Renkl does drawings with collage, the elements taken from maps and books. The incorporation of maps and books is something I distrust a little—the material is inherently interesting, which means an artist can skate by without much to say—you’re distracted looking at the map, or at least I am. But Renkl has sold me sold with a lot of his work—the pieces in the Frist’s Fragile Species show come to mind (here’s an old post on them–this and the Terri Jones item are reminding me of a time when I was actually posting reviews on the blog, during my initial enthusiasm about the venture. Oh well). Ann Wells’s stoneware sculptures are refined objects that retain some of the form of vessels. And I don’t know if