tales from the little pink house
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Erika Johnson 's farewell to Nashville show at Twist 58 for June 6-27th 2009
accumulata | dematerialization
installation | performance
What happens when objects are let go?
A work about possession(s). Opening reception June 6, 2009 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Dematerialization at 8:30 pm June 6, -June 27.
discarded exoskeletons of cicadas
art show invitations
little sheaves of paper held together with safety pins
a jewelry rack
a waffle iron
hens and chicks
items found in the trash heaps of ghost towns
happy meal toys
books of instruction
Laina Seay at Twist 73 for June 6- 27th 2009
Laina Seay was born in Tupelo Mississippi, 1986, and raised in rural western Kentucky. She has recently graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art from Western Kentucky University, studying ceramics under Tom Bartel. In 2007 she spent the summer working for the Alexandria Virginia Commission for the Arts doing research on public art programs resulting in a collaborative report submitted to the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been shown nationally including at the National Convention for Ceramic Arts, which awarded her the Regina Brown Fellowship grant for Undergraduates. Currently, she is attending graduate school.
The physical properties of clay allow me to exploit its nature in both raw and fired forms. Using video I am able to utilize the ephemeral nature of clay in an unfired, raw state by documenting the material as it dissolves in water or other liquids. By working in this manner I satisfy both my need to create objects and the requirements to capture the event. Other methods of working I use include multiple object interaction and installation.
Working in this manner I am able to combine what I make with my interests in politics, current events, and the human condition. Themes I often explore include individualism, consequences of authoritative power, and the role of citizens as a check of governing power. Events surrounding the last four years directly fuel my art as our country deals with war, economic crisis, and political expansion. The ultimate question I ask is what is in and out of our control as individual citizens both in our domestic government systems and on the global stage.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Tour guide takes artistic approach to history at Belmont Mansion
She's an antebellum action figure by day, but also Twist Gallery curator and artist-in-residence at the Downtown Presbyterian Church. It's no wonder it has taken Beth Gilmore a while to get her installation of prints, cut paper and portraits ready for exhibit at Belmont Mansion.
Gilmore has spent most of her adult life working at the mansion, where she has portrayed Adelicia Acklen, the Belmont matriarch, as well as many of her contemporaries. She has also found inspiration for her art.
Set in an Acklen's bedroom — which remains un-restored and is normally off-limits to visitors — Tell Me a Story includes over-size paper doilies and prints featuring images (portraits and other items) Gilmore found throughout the mansion.
"In giving tours and in making art both, I hope to tell stories in two different ways," Gilmore says. "Here, I get to bring together two different parts of my life, two different worlds for me and for my audience."
Tell Me a Story opens with a reception 5-9 p.m. today at Belmont Mansion, 1900 Belmont Blvd. The installation remains on view through May 15. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission fee for the opening; normal admission runs from $3 to $10. For information, call 460-5459 or go to www.belmontmansion.com.
— MICHELLE JONES, FOR THE TENNESSEAN
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Nashville Scene Critic's pick
Beth Gilmore's Tell Me a Story at the Belmont Mansion
Beth Gilmore's Tell Me a Story
Date/Time:Sun., May 10, 1:00pm-9:00pm
Beth Gilmore's installation Tell Me a Story gives the local artist an opportunity to bring her art home again. Gilmore--a long-time employee at the Mansion--has borrowed images from Ward-Belmont College in her collages and paintings, which have always favored historical discovery to pop-cultural pillaging. Displaying her latest creation in an un-restored space in the venerable manse gives Gilmore the ultimate opportunity: making art out of the building itself. This unique pairing will give Gilmore a chance to blur the line between different storytelling forms, but--like all historical events--this one will be fleeting. The exhibit shows tonight only.