Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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 SpreadArt.net. Having lived in New York, Florida, Ohio and Massachusetts, Shana is settling once again "for keeps" in Nashville.