Nina Mayer's studio is inside a series of train cars behind Cummins Station — the same studio that painter Mary Addison Hackett used before her. It has a distinctly clubhouse-y feel, which is heightened by photos of dour, precocious little boys, tapestries made from photographs of the artist's childhood, and a train-track diorama that was set up in a corner.
Mayer grew up in a military family, so she doesn't really claim roots in any one city. But her boyfriend is from Murfreesboro, and they relocated here from Chicago less than a year ago. The show at Brick Factory is her first in Nashville, and she has another exhibition planned for Track 13 Gallery sometime during her residency there, which ends next April.
From my Critic's Pick about the work Mayer has up at Brick Factory through the end of the month:
I was having a conversation with an old friend the other day about how you can replace the word “art” with “music” as a way to more easily wrap your head around art criticism. A nice little landscape painting might be too mainstream for some tastes in the same way that, say, a punk rock kid might want more screaming discord in his music than whatever’s on the radio. It’s an imperfect analogy, but for some reason the fact that people have different tastes in music is often easier to swallow than their different tastes in art. It’s also a great reminder that taste is, ultimately, totally subjective. So when I say the work Emily Clayton and Nina Mayer have up at Brick Factory right now is blow-your-mind good, you have to understand that I mean I love it, that it resonates at the same frequency as I do — and that has everything to do with my personal taste.
Look for more on Nina Mayer in upcoming blog posts, and check out what I found in her studio after the jump. You're going to love it.