OK everyone, wake up from your New Year’s naps. Art continues its irresistible advance and Gallery Crawl will occur this Saturday, bigger than ever. At least Twist will be bigger than ever.
I’ve only got information on a few things happening later in the month. With the holidays over I’m sure announcements will start will start rolling in, so there will for sure be a mid-month update.
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Twist, Rocky and Mandy Horton, Brooke Grace, the Doling brothers, and Todd Greene’s Butcher Paper Collective Project Twist has taken on additional space in the Arcade which they’re using for a few purposes, including space for an office and a second exhibition space. In the main (Original? Room 78? We’ll see) gallery they are continuing with Rocky and Mandy Horton, but they’re bringing in new pieces. New and bigger pieces. The back room will feature photography by Brooke Grace and Shane and Tony Doling. Then down the hall at space 58, Todd Greene is going to show the results of a project he has done with students at Ravenswood High School, where he’s teaching. Todd would start a painting or drawing on a piece of butcher paper and then have students add to it, with Todd making more contributions to it as it progressed. This of course is a variant of the surrealist Exquisite Corpse practice. The show will include some pieces from this project plus something he and a few of the students will do on-site in 3 days (like starting today). Todd always seemed to have a great interest in incorporating structures for tapping intuition into his teaching. This should be more than a little interesting.
Rymer, Jordan Eagles and Amy Hamblin. Eagles has an attention-grabbing m.o. in the work he’s bringing into Twist—samples of blood (his own I think) sandwiched in resin and plexiglass. It takes the form of abstract splashes of red ink. This is something that may be a one-liner—“wow, it’s blood. Cool.” Hamblin is a sculptor, from Portland, Oregon. Rymer’s press material describes her work as mesh and wire exoskeletons and organs. In addition to these, the installation by Catherine Foster will remain up, the natural world transmuted through a sequence of photographic and fabrication steps, as will some of the wide-ranging paintings by Casey Pierce.
The Arts Company, Annual Artists Preview. The Arts Company uses its January show to give everyone a taste of what’s coming up for the year. They’ll also be inaugurating use of some of their second floor space as a gallery for photography
Tinney Contemporary, Winter Wall. Tinney’s doing a selection from their gallery artists, about 15 people.
Sera Davis, In a Nut$hell: Under a Grand. Sera Davis is continuing her December show..
Mir Gallery, Steven Knudson. Going just on the image on the gallery’s MySpace page, Knudson looks like he does semi-gothic cartoon-like drawings and paintings, in the post-Gorey/Tim Burton mode.
Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, Photography by Harmony Korine. Korine, a Nashville native, is of course best known for work in film--writer for Larry Clark's Kids and director of several films (most recently Mr. Lonely) . Joseph Whitt organized this show that draws on Korine's photographs. The results look continuous with his work in film, cinematic, distinctly narrative (albeit it looks to be of an amorphous sort), edging into transgressive domains.
Vanderbilt Space 204 Gallery (Art Department), Gary Chapman and Watkins students. Two shows opening, one featuring Gary Chapman and another a bunch of current Watkins students (Kelly Bonadies, Adolfo Davila, Lisa Deal, Cayless Griffis, Erin Plew, Nick Stolle, Mandy Stoller and Stephanie West). I think it’s great that they are using the space to get some cross-communication going between the Watkins and Vandy students, although you can’t help thinking Vandy’s bringing in work from Watkins to give their students an idea of what is possible. But I haven’t talked to anyone at Vandy about this show, so I’m talking completely out of school as it were. One thing will be to see if Watkins does a show of work by Vandy students, making it a cultural exchange program. The reception is from 4-6.
Frist Center, Paint Made Flesh. A big show of contemporary painting organized by the Frist and curator Mark Scala. It promises to have a lot of very good paintings by the kinds of artists one wishes were in the holdings of local museums, like deKooning, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, George Baselitz, John Currin, Wangechi Mutu. This looks like it picks up where Mark left off with the Fragile Species show of local artists, which also was organized around painters’ treatment of the body and human frailty and mortality. Like Vanderbilt’s Guayasamin show, this one is going to travel to other institutions, which is a big deal, and this one is going to the Phillips Collection in DC, which is a particularly prestigious place—usually the Frist is receiving stuff from the Phillips.There will be a symposium on Friday and Saturday featuring John Edlerfield, Emily Braun, Richard Shiff, and Eric Fischl as well as local luminaries.