Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Twist in the Tennessean

Drew Peterson's prints appropriate archaic images to stirring effect

When Drew Peterson exhibited his work at Twist Art Gallery last summer, he and a trio of other artists from Minneapolis painted the mural on the Viridian (with help from the folks at Downtown Presbyterian Church). On Saturday, Peterson, who is due to graduate from the University of Minnesota in December, returns to Twist with a show of prints dubbed The Pinwheel Series.

"For much of the last year, the content of my work has revolved around the appropriation and re-evaluation of a set of illustrative images used in advertisements in the early 1900s," he explained. "The meticulously drafted imagery once functioned as relics of an industrious culture. I am aware of the way these images are viewed, as nostalgic ephemera now rendered obsolete."

In his most recent print series, Peterson has taken and arranged borrowed imagery in "Rube Goldberg-like structures" that pivot around a central axis point. "Through an intense combination of layers, the print begins to resemble a pinwheel in motion," he said. "Illustrations that once functioned as fully recognizable images now become compounded abstractions of their former selves. The cyclical movement of the pinwheel symbolizes the resurrection of archaic images through the process of appropriation."

Peterson's show at Twist, which runs through Oct. 25, opens Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. (during the monthly first Saturday gallery crawl). Twist is at 73 Arcade downtown and is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The show and reception are free.

For more information, call 1-888-535-5286 or visit www.twistartgallery.com.



Saturday, September 20, 2008



Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Thursday, September 11, 2008

reason to go visit

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Eastern Block show Thursday at the Rutledge

as part of the Next Big Nashville.....

Eastern Block show!!!!!
Thursday September 11th 2008
Venue: The Rutledge (410 Fourth Ave S)
Start: 9:30 pm, End: 10:00 pm

if you haven't seen them yet , you really should come on out . It's going to be a great show!!!!


Belmont Garden

She and Him ... why do you let me stay here


CERN rap

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

quotes of the day from email

Quotes of the Day on Tuesday September 9, 2008

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
Klee, Paul - http://quotationsbook.com/author/4076/

Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo - http://quotationsbook.com/author/2294/

So many fail because they don't get started -- they don't go. They
don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.
Stone, W. Clement - http://quotationsbook.com/author/6996/

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look
for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make
Shaw, George Bernard - http://quotationsbook.com/author/6649/

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Twist in the Tennessean Today

Irene Wills' paintings capture the fleeting beauty of gardens

A lifelong gardener, Irene Wills has been painting the flowers and vegetation she loves for more than two decades now. Her latest show, at Twist Art Gallery in the Arcade downtown, is called Into the Garden and features work inspired by Wills' own patch of green and by the flora that she's observed on her travels abroad. All of the pieces in her show are oil paintings. Hung primarily in gold frames, most have a sumptuous, dreamlike quality.

"I'm not trying to represent things totally realistically," said Wills, who is married to local historian and author Ridley Wills. "I'm doing a vision of what the perfect garden would look like. I've gardened for many years and I can tell you, no garden is perfect.

"Gardens don't last always," she went on to say. "I'm trying to capture something that is fleeting."

Wills' work also reminds us that, as a way of life, gardening is vanishing in the increasingly urban milieu in which many of us live.

"I think people are giving up on it," she said. "In fact, I'm now living in a condominium with a tiny little garden. So many of us are not gardening anymore. We go to the store and buy flowers. We don't think about raising them."

Rich in shades of blue, yellow ochre and coral, Wills' lush pastorals will be on view at Twist (73 Arcade) through Sept. 27. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit is free. For more info, call 1-888-535-5286 or e-mail twist@twistartgallery.com.


Thursday, September 04, 2008


John N. Mitchell - "The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire."

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Twist critic's pick

From the Nashville Scene critics picks this week

Process: A One-Night Art Happening
Joe Nolan

No gallery in Nashville has adopted as imaginative or multifaceted an approach to the art game as Twist. They regularly feature un-sellable installation work, supplemented by handmade retail gifts and clothing, while demonstrating real endurance as a downtown pioneer by expanding into satellite locations and one-night events. Process is the latest example of the gallery's signature programming-it's a group art show, but with a twist. Focusing on work by faculty, students and alumni of Watkins College of Art & Design, the show features Iwonka Waskowski, Erin Plew, Nick Stolle, Kelly Bonadies, Sarah Dark and Sarah Shearer. The work on display will be unfinished, prompting a discussion of--wait for it--the artistic process. This show will take place at 214 Third. Ave. S. (between Union and Commerce); simultaneously, a new show by painter Irene Wills will open in Twist's Arcade space.