Ben Venom makes quilts out of heavy metal T-shirts. Before dismissing that as a straight-to-Urban Outfitters trend-craft, you’ve got to see this stuff. The quilts are huge, intricate and way too brutal for mass consumption. His artist statement calls it a “collision of Iron Maiden metal ballads with the outrageous stage antics of Ozzy Osbourne.” The San Francisco-based Venom will be in Nashville to give an artist’s talk at the Frist tonight, and lead a two-day quilt-making workshop in conjunction with Watkins on Friday and Saturday. Against the backdrop of the Frist’s exhibition of Gee’s Bend quilts, Venom’s work can be seen as either subversive (it’s unabashedly wild, demonic and rebellious) or completely in line with the love-worn vestiges of traditional quilt-making. I’ve already dusted off my sewing machine for the occasion, and plan to spend the weekend under Venom’s tutelage.