Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Off the Wall Art Group at Twist 58 in April

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Off the Wall Art Group at Twist 58
Opening Sat April 4, 2009
6:00 – 9:00 PM
58 Arcade
5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

Twist Art Gallery has invited the six members of Off the Wall Art Group to present their new work. Off the Wall is Quinn Dukes, Janet Heilbronn, Mahlea Jones, Jenny Luckett, Jaime Raybin, and Iwonka Waskowski. An opening reception will take place at 58 Arcade on Saturday April 4, as part of the First Saturday Arcade Crawl. This event is free and open to the public. The show will run through April. Twist 58 is located in the balcony level of the historic Arcade building.

The six members of Off the Wall met as students at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film. The group developed as the artists sensed that their work was connected. The members share a similar artistic language, involving a foundation in conceptual art, a curiosity about materials, and an interest in making work with personal resonance. Off the Wall has been exhibiting since 2005.

Mahlea Jones explores the diorama as a learning tool on a human scale.

Jaime Raybin uses microscope photography to uncover tiny visual secrets in apple skin and lemon pulp.

Jenny Luckett's paintings are a memorial to the little things she has lost.

Janet Heilbronn’s paintings explore the 'quiet, private places' of one’s internal experiences and how they shift once brought out in front of others.

Iwonka Waskowski works within an intuitive place of form finding. Her images reference the body without committing to it. Mind, memory, and transference play with the possibilities of psychological deterioration as she explores thoughts about emotional, physical and social issues of isolation.

Quinn Dukes’s work reflects her ambivalence towards living in the “planned” environment of a major city, with its lack of connection to the natural world. The pigeon becomes a symbolic substitute for the influence of nature that she once encountered on a daily basis.