Two of Nashvilles best known artists have teamed up for a pair of shows that may present the finest painting well see in Nashville this year. Lain Yorks ethnographically inspired work leapt beyond his original mask-style paintings a few years ago, incorporating abstraction and sculptural techniques. With A Cluttered Landscape, his compelling surfaces have become more textural and more textual, decorated with rows of repetitive symbols, spelling out messages in an unknown script. Richard Feasters The High Window takes its title from a Raymond Chandler novel andunlike the serene studies he has lately createdhis new work finds the artist playing the role of Philip Marlowe, fending off chaotic waves of movement and sharp tangles of color with a straight, studied line that struggles to restore order to his excited, vibrant canvases.
Sat., Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Sept. 12. Continues through Oct. 14, 2009