Check out this week's Scene for my story about Louis Schmidt and the Watershed residency that's brought him to Nashville — give or take the 45 minutes it takes to get from here to Watertown, pop. 1200. He'll be on site until the end of the month, and then he'll travel to San Francisco where he'll install a solo exhibit of work he's made while at Watershed. From the story:
The body of work Schmidt has been creating since he arrived at Watershed in October is called Cy Twombly Death's Head, which will be exhibited at San Francisco's Park Life in January. Graphite drawings of the late artist Twombly, geometric designs that recall everything from Arlington National Cemetery to Q*bert, and gray painted skeletons with sharply lit faces line the Watershed walls. "I've always been fascinated and invested in art history," Schmidt says. He traveled to Rome earlier this year to trace Twombly's particular view of history, and the work he's created at Watershed is both intimate and removed, sort of like the death's head grave markers Schmidt references in the show's title.
Get a better look at the residency and Schmidt's work in the images that follow — and stay tuned for an episode of Fort Roll-Up that we recorded together.