When Ann Catherine Carter's Nothing Never Happens opened at 40AU in May, it was one of the more eye-catching exhibitions of that month's First Saturday Art Crawl. I wrote a post about it here in Country Life. Here's a recap:
Ann Catherine Carter's Nothing Never Happens exhibit at 40AU is yet another show of big, bold abstractions in a local spring season that's been packed with similar work. It's not a bad thing to be a part of a trend, and I make the point simply because timely comparisons always inspire a desire to rank one artist against another, and Carter is holding her own here.
Carter's show consists of mostly large canvases layered with enamel, acrylic, spray paint, aluminum and screenprinting. Carter is similarly democratic about her images — they veer from the expressionistic star chart of “Wipe Memory” to the graphic zigzags, stripes and numeral 3s in the similarly named “Head in the Clouds” and “Distraction.”
The whole show has a mathematical feeling to it, and Carter is attempting to access that space where the real, actual world and its virtual, digital representation overlap. She manages to evoke the spirit of the digital environment with her numbers, repeating stripes, glitchy zigzags, and boldly colored geometric elements, and the aesthetic here even feels a bit like a reboot of the same look that accompanied humanity's first virtual voyages during the emergence of cyberpunk culture in the late 1980s and early 1990s ...
Last weekend's Belcourt Midnight Movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, had an impressive turnout. And around Scene headquarters, news about the 2016 Showtime resurrection has been met with equal parts trepidation and excitement. But did you know that Lynch is also a hell of a visual artist? It's true.
Check out the above video for a walk-through of The Unified Field, Lynch's solo show at Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts. Insert supplemental Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack at your discretion, and leave your tips for how to work a trip to the museum into our already crazy holiday schedule in the comments.
When: Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
Where: TSU's Hiram Van Gordon Memorial Gallery
I've written about the exhibition of contemporary textile-driven art that opens Thursday night at TSU, but a great show deserves extra attention. Curated by the Scene's arts editor Laura Hutson and artist Jodi Hays, the exhibition boasts a killer lineup. In addition to local luminaries like Alex Blau, Brandon Donahue and Courtney Adair Johnson, Selvage includes selections by out-of-towners that might be among the show's strongest.
Chicago-based artist Jovencio de la Paz may offer the most dramatic work of the night with his untitled, 12-foot-wide batik-and-indigo cotton tapestry, which presents a blue-and-white landscape of symbolic pictographs that simultaneously recall ancient petroglyphs, modern circuit board designs and NASA's Pioneer plaques.
Some of my favorite spots in the city are the Main Library downtown and the branch locations around Davidson County. Not only are they great places to browse books, movies and music, but they also boast live music events, film screenings, storytelling, art galleries, the famous Wishing Chair puppet shows, and meet-ups and activities for all ages.
Pulling together possible picks for this week's paper, all of these upcoming library happenings seemed worth a mention so I'm bundling them together in this round-up:
I always think of Duy Huynh as Art & Invention's signature artist — it's an interesting pairing that speaks directly to the artist's work which often addresses a sense of geographic or emotional displacement. Duy Huynh was born in Vietnam, but lives in North Carolina. Art & Invention is an East Nashville pioneer and a local booster par excellence, but their most recognizable artist is an out-of-towner — the whole situation is a bit odd, but also seems like a perfect fit.
Barring torrential rain or thunder and lightning, the aerial dance troupe Bandaloop is still set to perform a 15-minute set at 1 p.m. on the UBS Tower at 315 Deaderick St.
Not on top of the 28-story tower — across its face.
Check out the video above, and see why there's no place else you have to be at 1 p.m. (Unless the rain or lightning comes — and you can check OZ Arts Nashville's website for updates throughout the day. OZ is hosting the group's Nashville visit Friday and Saturday.)
We understand Bandaloop is rehearsing as if the performance is on — if you happen to see people scrambling across the face of the downtown skyscraper.
In the latest episode of the PBS series Art 21, photographer Sally Mann delves into her personal history and, along the way, shares her thoughts on what sets Southern artists apart from the rest. Among her observations, she lists the following attributes:
• Their love of the past
• Their susceptibility to myth
• Their willingness to experiment with romanticism
• Their obsession with place
• Their obsession with family
For a more complete profile on Mann, including memories of the African-American nanny who raised her, watch the above video.
In last month's cover story on Lonnie Holley, we told you about Holley's recent contribution to Nashville's art scene and hinted at his participation in Cheekwood's upcoming exhibition William Edmondson and Friends. Now Cheekwood has announced that the Edmondson exhibition is only part of the plan — there will also be a pop-up gallery to exhibit a collaborative sculpture created by Holley and students from Nashville School of the Arts.
This is the third year Cheekwood has hosted a downtown pop-up to coincide with Artober, Metro Arts' initiative to raise awareness and celebrate art in Nashville. “Cheekwood is delighted to bring Lonnie Holley back to Nashville to help deepen his ties with the city through another community project,” said Jochen Wierich, Cheekwood's chief curator. “We’re also excited to demonstrate our commitment to Nashville’s arts community with an innovative, off-site exhibition. It’s an honor to participate in the Art Crawl again this year.”
Read the full press release after the jump.
In case you haven't noticed, my Crawl Space column is twice as long as it used to be. No, it's not taking ExtenZe — the monthly round-up has been forced to expand as the list of First Saturday events looks more and more like the menu at Ru San's. This month the happenings are so numerous I've been getting press releases for Wedgewood-Houston events since long after the paper went to print.
Infinity Cat will be hosting A Tongue To Speak The Mysteries of the Spirit — an exhibition of new paintings by Harry Underwood. Underwood's instantly recognizable panels are populated by elements borrowed from vintage advertising aesthetics, but the melancholic undertones in the artist's nostalgic narratives leave the kind of bittersweet aftertaste you'd never find in a candy-colored commercial.
What do you know about art collecting? What is there to know about art collecting? What's so important about art collecting? If you've ever asked yourself these questions, or you're just now finding yourself intrigued about their answers, Thursday's panel at David Lusk Gallery is exactly what you're looking for.
Author/art collector Robert Hicks will join artist/Frist Center graphic designer Kristina Colucci, and the Nashville Scene's own Laura Hutson Hunter for a discourse on art, ownership, patronage and why a thriving art scene demands an active, engaged audience.
David Lusk's hosting of this event dovetails nicely with the space's Price is Right exhibit featuring a broad selection of works by gallery artists, all priced to sell at $999 or less. The show opened during last Saturday's Arts & Music at Wedgewood Houston events and proved to be full of surprises. No doubt so will this interchange about art and commerce.
6-8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 7, at David Lusk Gallery, 516 Hagan St. Drinks served at 6 p.m.; discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.
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