Monday, February 23, 2009

Lauren Kussro's installation at the Twist Art Gallery

Irene Wills paintings at the Twist Art Gallery Feb. 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Call to Artists – Flying Solo Exhibition Series

Call to Artists – Flying Solo Exhibition Series
Nashville International Airport
Nashville, TN

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2009, 4:00 p.m. Central Standard Time

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and Arts at the Airport announce a Call for Proposals for the Flying Solo Exhibition Series at Nashville International Airport. The exhibition opportunities are open to Tennessee artists or artists who have a strong connection to Tennessee.

The complete Call to Artists is available on the Nashville International Airport website The Direct link to the CFP is

Artists must comply with the submittal requirements described in the Call for Proposals to be considered.

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Arts at the Airport

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Twist Art Gallery presents: John Dowell in space 58 Arcade March 7 through March 28, 2009

John Dowell

Twist Art Gallery


March 7 through March 28, 2009

opening March 7th from 6-9 pm

Twist Art Gallery
58 Arcade
Nashville, TN 37219

John Dowell has created and exhibited art for more than four decades and is a Professor of Printmaking at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia. He has had 49 one person exhibitions at prestigious venues including the 35th Venice Biennale, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. His work is represented in the permanent collections of 70 museum and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Boston Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Biblioteque Nationale, Paris France and I was exhibited in the 1975 Whitney Biennial in New York City.

In 2001, he received the 14th James Van Der Zee Award from the Brandywine Workshop, in Philadelphia for a Life Time of Achievement in the Visual Arts and Teaching and in1999 the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Temple University. He also received grants in 1985 and 1975 from the National Endowment of the Arts, and several from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1985, and 1979 plus a Philadelphia Foundation Grant in 1994, as well as many others.

His work was included in the Chicago Art Institute exhibition, "A Century of Collecting African American Art" and he served as a panelist on the accompanying round table discussion of the realities of being an African American artist in 2003. He had work in the invitational exhibition "A Celebration of Color" at the Benny and Smith Gallery, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA as well as created two commissioned prints: a portfolio print for Lafayette college, Master Artist/Master Printmaker Portfolio Project, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and The Legacy Project of the Atelier Towson, Towson University, Towson, MD that were Lithographs constructed of primarily photographic cityscapes to be used as scores for concert performance.

His current work entails traveling to different cities in the U.S. taking photographs of skylines and urban settings capturing, "moments of magic."



There is an excitement of the city that is often over looked. These are the structures of our culture that sore to the sky with intimate details of our lives. They embody our energies with moments of magic.

It is so fast an encompassing with all aspects of time; the past, and present with the hoped for future.

For what is real? The surface or the reflection on it, or is it the space that we enter beyond the façade of the building.
I paint with that frame, trying to capture the connective moment. As the light reflects the distant forms, defines space, capturing insights into our inner being, stirring those untapped levels of our humanity.
Didn't know it could look like that.

I can smell the color and hear the walk, the rhythm of the city, blasting like a big band moving in and out of a harmonic discord breathing a dynamic pulse of the moment.
It's real. It's real.

Didn't see it before, but I got it now.

John Dowell

Twist Art Gallery presents : Shana Kohnstamm March 7 - 28, 2009 March 7th from 6-9 pm

Twist Art Gallery presents : Shana Kohnstamm March 7 - 28, 2009

opening March 7th from 6-9 pm

in the Twist space 73 in the Arcade

Twist Art Gallery
73 Arcade
Nashville, TN 37219

Shana Kohnstamm – "Growing Season"

This body of work has developed over the last two chaotic, wonderful years, having moved cross-country twice (upending my world and my work) and having found the peace of mind that comes with being newly wed. It also comes from sharing my life with someone who sparks my thinking about the natural working order of things, like why our lungs inflate and the molecular cacophony that allows us to breath. I'm fascinated by quantum physics, string theory and naturally occurring fractal patterns. I wonder at how the tiniest seed can hold so much potential for life. And by the way an emotional reaction can sprout from nothing more than color on a canvas.
My own organic process of image development surprises me. The paintings themselves evolve, seemingly without my input. The images mature in stages, growing like plants to reach the light, the surface. This work is about that growing process and what gives something the potential for life.
"Growth is the proof of life" - Peter Reinhardt, philosophic breadmaker.


Shana Kohnstamm, born in 1970, was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended both the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Tennessee before pursuing employment in a variety of art careers, including stained glass designer, muralist, bead-maker and scenic artist. In 2006, she created and curated the "Model Artist" show, which featured the works 22 Nashville artists portraying each other in a variety of mediums. Shana is an active member of the Nashville-based Connect 12 Artist Collective and participates regularly in a collaborative of international artists found at Having lived in New York, Florida, Ohio and Massachusetts, Shana is settling once again "for keeps" in Nashville.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Nashville Scene critic's pick this week

Twist Art Gallery

Works by Duncan McDaniel

Duncan McDaniel at Twist's Space 58
Loving the Alien
Joe Nolan

Twist Gallery is becoming the Japanese monster of downtown art spaces, gobbling up square footage and opportunities at a pace that would find Godzilla himself reaching for the Prilosec. How appropriate that the first permanent tenant in their new space at 58 Arcade is Duncan McDaniel, a young artist whose fantastical work--including drawing, painting and installation art--explores a world where surreal is the new black. The storefront of 58 will still host rotating shows, but the back space will be McDaniel's studio. His current exhibition fills the space and features an installation of Zen-inspired monoliths that hang from a ceilingful of white helium balloons, as well as a collection of drawings and paintings that range from biomorphic abstracts to narrative canvases that read like film stills from a late-night double feature.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Twist gets an Etsy Shop

Twist Art Gallery has a new Etsy shop! check it out!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

also at Twist this month Irene Wills and Duncan McDaniel

images by Duncan McDaniel ...i will post Irene Wills images very soon..

gathering spriggs...

this photo i took of Grace at Belmont won a prize on Gathering Spriggs ...Heather Spriggs Thompsons website ! if you are quick you can get a copy of it from her etsy store :)

Thanks Heather!

Twist gets a critic's pick in this weeks nashville scene

The Luminous Bower at Twist Gallery
Flower Power
Amanda Dillingham

Although it may seem impossible due to frigid temperatures, this Saturday night you can spend your evening meandering through a garden of blossoming flowers thanks to artist Lauren Kussro. Kussro's interest in nature and beauty is apparent in this installation, as one meanders through her gardens of earthly delights, composed of handmade paper that is waxed and sewn into flowers. Through the act of making each bud, Kussro participates in her own personal meditation and ritual, and by exhibiting the created flowers as a conglomerate, she asks the viewers to stop and smell the roses, both literally and figuratively. Inside the Twist Gallery, it might as well be spring.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Lauren Kussro's installation shines a light at Twist Art Gallery

Lauren Kussro's installation shines a light at Twist Art Gallery
By MiChelle Jones • FOR THE TENNESSEAN • February 1, 2009
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Lauren Kussro two years ago filled Twist Art Gallery with sculptural floral forms made of handmade paper that were suspended from the ceiling. She called the show Handful of Tranquility.

For her latest Twist show, The Luminous Bower, Kussro is creating lanterns made of relief-printed handmade paper that she'll also suspend at different heights for a similar effect with, well, a twist.

"I wanted to keep the same energy that I had with that show because it was such a positive response from a really wide range of people," she said via phone from Knoxville, where she teaches drawing classes at a community college. "Kids loved it, and even though it was really feminine, a lot of guys liked it. It was really nice to have people respond to it in such a good way."

Kussro trained as a printmaker and incorporates those techniques into her sculpture. It's a labor-intensive process that begins with making her own paper. Next comes the cutting of the linoleum or wood blocks, followed by repeatedly printing swirls, curves and motifs reminiscent of the nature-derived patterns of the art nouveau movement.

Finally, the pieces are ready for construction. Each lantern measures about a square foot, and the entire process to create them takes about a week.

"It is labor-intensive, but it kind of is morbidly satisfying," Kussro said with a laugh.

She says she found it hard to use store-bought paper after working with handmade paper in grad school because it lacked the history of that she'd made by recycling her old prints. For the pieces she's creating for this latest Twist show, she's also mixing in bits of clothing.

"The recycling aspect of it, and just the fact that I've made the surfaces that I'm printing on, just kind of makes it that much more satisfying for me as a process."

Kussro says she bases her forms on organic shapes; her color palette reflects these origins.

"My last show (at Twist) was pretty muted, so I wanted to have the colors be a little bit brighter, but it's really hard because I have these unconscious color choices that happen when I'm mixing things and printing," she said. "It tends to be a little bit natural, a little bit more subdued, but there are definitely going to be some pinks and oranges and bright purples and blues and greens."

Making the leap from printmaking to suspended sculptural forms started with two of Kussro's grad school classes. In the first, she began thinking about how people, "non-art" people in particular, interacted with art. The second required the creation of a public sculpture project.

"I started thinking about the sculptural form and just how it's different than a flat piece. You have many more opportunities to make it interesting because it's tactile as well as being visual," she said.

True to her roots, however, Kussro will complement the lanterns with a few flat pieces, though they won't be mounted like traditional pieces. Instead, she says they'll be "mounted on wood and shaped."

"I feel like it's very spiritual and personal and I don't want to dictate to people with my work," she says. "I want people to be able to feel contemplative when they see it and to just be affected by beauty, because that's really what I want to achieve with my work, a sense of beauty."