Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Threesquared Gallery Ups The Ante with Exhibition Trailers, Coerces You To Come to Friday's Opening

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Threesquared Gallery has been hosting some great art shows since Dane Carder opened his studio space to gallery director and curator Sara Estes last year. One of the best things about Threesquared is the trailers that precede each exhibit — short films of blurry footage, close-ups of the artwork as it's being made or installed, and sometimes just slow pans across the studio walls, all set to minimal soundtracks like a super-short episode of art 21. Other galleries: Take note! Short attention spans await!

This trailer above is for Jodi Hays' exhibit Strong in The Broken Places, which opens on Friday. Here's what I had to say about the show in last month's Winter Arts Preview:

To call Hays’ paintings landscapes probably isn’t be the best way to describe them, but it’s accurate. She uses images of construction fences, festoons and caution tape minus the actual landscape, which remains only through implication — kind of like a temporary map of a place that’s in transition. In the same way that blueprints stand in for a building before it’s built, but are really no more than ink on paper, Hays’ works break down a place to its bare essentials. The new paintings in her show at Threesquared are just as aesthetically pleasing as the traditional Japanese woodblocks you’ll see at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery this season, but with a distinctively contemporary sentiment.

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