Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Twist Art Gallery presents...Minor Victory

images by Chris Kerr



Twist Art Gallery presents...Minor Victory: a group show Featuring
print makers from Nashville and Chicago
opening May 1st from 6-9pm as part of the First Saturday Art Crawl in
Downtown Nashville's Historic Arcade
Show runs May 1st through May 29th 2010

Driving through parts of Nashville can eerily remind one of being
somewhere in Chicago, and there is the same feeling of sprawl and
desolation. At times, this feels like we are part of one great
American city. However, this is not the case as both cities have their
own rich and historical identity and are separated and encircled by
America’s farms and countryside. Both Nashville and Chicago are home
to and have been home to many iconic and notorious characters. John
Wayne Gacy, Bill Murray, Hugh Hefner, Donald Rumsfeld, Michelle Obama,
and countless Blues legends hail from Chicago. Nashville has its own
cast of great and infamous characters: country stars that are too
numerous to count, the notorious Bettie Page, and even the bumbling
Fred Thompson. The artists in “Minor Victory” are the proverbial
pumpkin seeds in the melon we call America, and they have walked down
the same streets and alleys as Al Capone and Johnny Cash. As to be
expected, any show combining artist from these cities will be weird at
best. “Minor Victory” has an eclectic mix of irreverent images that
lampoon the idea of the traditional print alongside images that push
abstraction toward its own ambiguous goal. Somehow, the artists in
this show continue to work with an eye to the future as the country
goes through an unsettling economic down turn. This show offers the
viewing public a reprieve from the daily saturation of familiar images
seen on the ever present viewing screen, and gives back a little
something more to mull over.

Keith Herzik
Mark Hosford
Lesley Patterson Marx
Hans Schmidt Matzen
Manuel Zeitlin
Brady Haston
Chris Kerr
Patrick DeGuira
DeeDee Scacci
Jennifer Leach
Tom Stack
Paul Nudd