Sunday, January 03, 2010

New Blog by Rocky Horton Nashville is Critical

Rocky Horton is starting a new blog about Art in Nashville. Here is the link and the first post .. for your viewing pleasure..

Nashville is Critical

Main Entry: crit·i·cal

Pronunciation: \ˈkri-ti-kəl\

Function: adjective

Date: 1547

1 a : of, relating to, or being a turning point or specially important juncture : as (1) : relating to or being the stage of a disease at which an abrupt change for better or worse may be expected; also : being or relating to an illness or condition involving danger of death (2) : relating to or being a state in which or a measurement or point at which some quality, property, or phenomenon suffers a definite change b : crucial,decisive c :indispensable, vital d : being in or approaching a state of crisis 
2 a :inclined to criticize severely and unfavorablyb : consisting of or involving criticism ; also : of or relating to the judgment of critics c d : including variant readings and scholarly emendations 
3 a : of sufficient size to sustain a chain reaction —used of a mass of fissionable material b :sustaining a nuclear chain reaction

So, after much conversation with several local artists and art enthusiasts, I am starting a critical art blog for Nashville and other pertinent subjects. I begin this with the Merriam Webster dictionary definition of the word critical to help explain the goals of this new blogsite.

First “Nashville is Critical” is a recognition of the current state of things in the Nashville art scene. Whether you believe that Nashville is at the beginning of something more formative, thanks in part to places like Open Lot and the great excitement of Watkins college students, or you believe that the Nashville art scene is in a state of arrested development or demise, the recognition of its state as critical, i.e. at a turning point or important juncture, is imperative.

Secondly, this blog will attempt to serve as a critical (exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation) source for discussing the current work in Nashville, its variety of arenas, and other pertinent material. Nashville is not a vacuum; some attention to regional and national (and occasionally international) material will be appropriate and is encouraged.

Also, Nashville is Critical, will attempt to serve as a collection center for the critical writing that is already in existence. It will attempt to keep up to date links regarding area art coverage as in the Scene, Number, Art Papers, etc., and a multitude of other bolgsites, notably David Maddox’s Perambulating the Bounds.

The essayists are volunteers and will showcase a variety of authors discussing a variety of topics. Exhibition reviews, essays, or anything that discusses the zone of contagion that art occupies in culture. Most of these authors will claim their work. However, some may submit anonymously. This freedom, I hope, will allow an all too small and too politely southern art community to voice an unhindered critical opinion about what it going on in their own neighborhood.

Get critical,

Rocky Horton

If you are interested in submitting an essay or a review please contact me at