Monday, January 23, 2012

Studio Visit: Adrienne Outlaw

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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  • Art Now Nashville
Adrienne Outlaw is one of those people that Malcolm Gladwell talks about in "Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg" — she seems to know everybody, and she happily, almost instinctively, connects them to each other at every opportunity. She runs Seed Space gallery, edits the visual arts section of Art Now Nashville, and she initiated and oversees the CSArt Nashville program.

Outlaw could be defined as a social practice or relational artist, which basically means that her work is meant to be interacted with, and often addresses interdisciplinary ideas. Her studio is an enormous space in the old May Hosiery Mill on Chestnut Street, and it's easily bigger than my apartment. The place has the high ceilings and exposed beams of an old factory warehouse, and it's overflowing with relics that are part natural history museum, part industrial workshop. I stopped by to see what she was up to last week, and took some photos while I was there.

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From Outlaw's Seek Shelter series


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Another Shelter piece. This one's made of a surface pierced with 1.2 million small, silver nails.


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"Trapped"


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A new piece that illustrates the amount of sugar the average person consumes daily.


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She stores pieces from this exhibition by stringing them up from the rafters.


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A skull made from sugar.


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