Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Twist in Nashville Scene critic's picks this week



Nashville Scene
critic's picks

Rocky and Mandy Rogers Horton at Twist
The Rocky Horton Picture Show
By Emily Bartlett Hines
Published on December 31, 2008 at 3:43am

While galleries often group together artists whose works look alike or deal with similar subjects, the rationale behind Twist Gallery's upcoming show is different: It brings together pieces by a husband-and-wife pair, oil painter Mandy Rogers Horton and photo painter Rocky Horton (he paints with photo chemicals on light-reactive paper). Her works typically have a representational element, and his are almost pure abstraction, but closer inspection reveals affinities between the two. Both artists produce images that are at once carefully structured and intentionally messy, embracing the irregularities created by the artist's hand. In December, Twist debuted an exhibit of the Nashville couple's strikingly beautiful smaller works; this new show gives them a chance to show off their large canvases and photo paintings. It should be one of the highlights of the increasingly popular downtown art crawl.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Dec. 6. Continues through Jan. 31, 2008

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Compared to What, I Wonder at Twist
By Amanda Dillingham
Published on December 31, 2008 at 3:42am

Artistically, the New Year is coming in strong with the addition of Arcade Space 58 to Twist Gallery. The first show of the year--and of the space--features a site-specific installation by local artist J. Todd Greene. Greene has been collaborating with students from Ravenwood High School, who refer to themselves as the Butcher Paper Collective, derived from their type of canvas. Greene hangs brown butcher paper on the wall and begins a painting or drawing. He then turns the piece over to a student who makes his or her mark, and after many re-workings by various students, the piece is finished. For this installation, a few students will assist Greene over three days in creating a large original piece on location at the new Twist. Greene's band Bulb will also play a short acoustic set, showcasing music off their latest album I'm Sorry About Everything.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 3. Continues through Jan. 31, 2009

image on the scenes website of work by Todd Greene.