Monday, August 02, 2010

Twist Art Gallery celebrates four years

— MICHELLE JONES, FOR THE TENNESSEAN


Twist Art Gallery celebrates four years and two new spaces
AUGUST 1, 2010

Twist Art Gallery is throwing itself an anniversary party during the First Saturday Art Crawl this week. To celebrate four years in existence, owners Beth Gilmore and Caroline Carlisle will offer cake and beverages — and, of course, art — to gallery visitors.



They will also show off two new spaces as they each expand their presence in the Arcade.

"I guess it's become a tradition that whenever we open a new space, we show Todd's work," Gilmore says. Accordingly, Can't Recall the Future Like I Used To an exhibition of paintings by J. Todd Greene, will inaugurate the new spaces.

Meanwhile, Mitch O'Connell's Practice Makes Perfect continues in Twist's flagship location.

Chicago-based O'Connell's mixed-media on wood pieces combine images from advertisements for familiar products, tattoo and comic art, men's magazines (with a retro 1950s & 1960s vibe) and a twisted reference to religious iconography. O'Connell's imagery and tone is reminiscent of R. Crumb, with a bit of commentary on consumer culture thrown in.

Twist Art Gallery's two shows remain on view through Aug. 28; Mitch O'Connell's tattoo-inspired art in Arcade #73 and J. Todd Greene's paintings in the new Arcade #75 and #77. The venues' hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 6 to 9 p.m. during the First Saturday Art Crawl. Admission is free. Information is available at 1-888-535-5286 or www.twistartgallery.com