Thursday, September 30, 2010

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Nashville Scene

A roundup of First Saturday Art Crawl highlights
Crawl Space
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Extraordinary Geometries at The Rymer Gallery
It's already time for October's First Saturday Gallery Crawl, which the dipping mercury will soon lead us to rename the First Saturday Brisk Walk, to be followed by the Downtown Art Sprint. As we head into the burnt-orange grip of autumn, the October Crawl seems poised to make a particularly strong showing.

Those old enough to remember the TV show Family Affair may recall an episode when Buffy, a stubborn elementary schooler, tried to give up her beloved doll, Mrs. Beasley, cold-turkey. It was a bit like Snoopy Come Home meets Panic in Needle Park.

In Goodbye, Mrs. Beasley, on display at Tinney Contemporary, Artist Carol Es relates Buffy's loss to her own difficult childhood. Es chronicles the traumas of her childhood — growing up in a dysfunctional family amid the sweatshops of Los Angeles — through a number of multimedia canvases, painted panels and works-on-paper. Es' work here is strongest when it replaces woe with whimsy and wonder.

We've always been zealots for the more-is-more philosophy, so it's heartening to see that Twist Gallery is once again operating two spaces. This month's lineup includes a guest curator, former TAG gallery owner Jerry Dale McFadden, who now lives in Chattanooga, where he's the director of the 4 Bridges Art Festival. For his turn at Twist, he's brought a couple of fellow 'Noogans with him.

Mark Bradley-Shoup and Ron Buffington are both instructors at UT-Chattanooga. Bradley-Shoup's spare, flat paintings are inspired by graphic design, and his strongest pieces capture a harsh light that suggests what Edward Hopper might have accomplished in the graphic-novel medium. Buffington wants to demystify painting, favoring "the tainted over the pure, the flawed over the perfect, the personal over the universal and the pathetic over the heroic." But while Buffington is busy killing the Buddha, his striking work seems more than a little enlightened. Printmaker Joseph Lupo will be showing in Twist's Arcade 73 space.

After an exciting exhibit of prints and drawings last month, The Arts Company will be opening a painting show on Saturday. Tony Breuer's canvases present figurative scenes obscured and abstracted by curtains of surreal hues. Many works feature wild mustangs galloping through technicolor waves of light, while fighter jets and at least one largemouth bass appear in others.

Extraordinary Geometries opens at Rymer Gallery. Whitney Wood Bailey's large, psychedelic abstract works on paper explore the point where the natural world and our own imaginations intersect. Bailey uses "tick" markings like those found in early cave paintings to create intricate textures from which colorful abstractions explode, resulting in a transcendent sensory experience.

Estel Gallery will be opening a new show by an old favorite. An Atmosphere for Living: New Narrative Paintings by Harry Underwood finds the titular artist displaying his latest canvases back on home turf, following recent exhibits in Paris (yes, the one in France) and London. Though he's been a formidable presence on the local scene for years, Underwood deserves a most-improved-painter award — his recent work demonstrates a restless progress that finds him paring down his pop-culture postcard paintings to poetic scenes that evoke pathos as much as pith.

We are writing this roundup of Saturday's events by the light of a harvest moon on the autumnal equinox. Welcome to fall!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

soundcrawl 2.0

Did the inaugural event last year leave you wanting more? Have you heard about it, and wondered it is? Check out the "ABOUT" page from the official SoundCrawl website.
I'm looking forward to being serenaded this Saturday evening with avant garde goodness brought about by talented friend and artist, Aaron Hoke Doenges. You won't want to miss this!

ABOUT: SoundCrawl
Picture a Saturday night in Nashville when all the galleries are open. Beautiful people, drinks in hand, drift from one gallery to another to experience the best the city has to offer in visual art.
Now imagine that at various points along the way something new has been added, an opportunity to experience a new kind of art, art that you HEAR....sound art.
So in between the experience of the visual arts, artists and guests alike gather to listen to....a rhythmic beat of water drops....or a dizzying immersion of the sound of coins moving through space...synthetic audio wrapping around, tickling the ear drums of the city.
After a successful inaugural event last year, SoundCrawl:Nashville is returning this fall for a second sonic immersion of Music City. During the downtown ArtCrawl on October 2nd, from 6-9pm, Nashville will once again dive into the world of experimental audio with new sound art compositions from around the world. Compositions that immerse. Compositions that resonate. Compositions that explore.
about the ArtCrawl: (from first Saturday of the month, the historic Arcade in downtown Nashville comes to life with over one thousand visitors. Multiple galleries open their doors to avid art lovers as well as anyone else that is just curious to see what the Gallery Crawl is all about. Art at the Arcade is a collective organization that hosts an assortment of contemporary artists from throughout the world to Nashville.
what is SoundArt: Between 1930 and 1965, composer Edgard Varèse gave a series of lectures that have since been collected and titled “The Liberation of Sound.” In these lectures, Varese was trying to understand – and explain – his own approach to sonic expression. He, along with Pierre Schaeffer and others, began to explore the organization of sonic materials – sounds from the ambient world, evolving electronic technology, and the traditional instruments used for centuries– in any and every combination into cohesive works of audio art on phonograph (and then tape, and now computer).
The only definition that seemed to fit his music was simply: “organized sound.”
This definition has been given several labels through the years: musique concrète (in the French, Varèse and Schaeffer’s native tongue), electroacoustic music, sound collage, sound music, sound art, etc., etc. Some of these labels focus on very specific types of audio used. Some do not. Each one, however, is all encompassing of sound. Any sound. That has been organized in some way.
It’s a pretty broad definition.
The cultural and mechanical forces that influenced Varèse and Schaeffer have only become more powerful in the intervening years. With the advent of the computer and audio software, the production possibilities of sound organization – something that this town knows a bit about - seem endless. This power has brought with it technological ubiquity – computers are everywhere – and with ubiquity has come the commonplace, and with the commonplace comes the ability to focus not only on the medium (the technology used) but also on the expression (the art of the sounds used). And has changed the art of sound as we know it.
So what is sound art?
Sound \'saund\: the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing
Art \'ärt\: the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects
Sound Art \'saund ' ärt\: The conscious use of skill and creative imagination in producing aesthetic sensations perceived by the sense of hearing.
Sound. Collage. Expression. Audio. Organization. Consciousness. Creativity. Music. Art.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

sheep series and more

september 2010 Matthew Carver

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September 2010 Kristina Arnold

Monday, September 20, 2010


Contact: Alesandra Bellos
Phone: 615.306.3154


Sustainable craft workshop to be held at Bells Bend Neighborhood Farm in October

Nashville, TN - September 20, 2010

Fiber artists, farmers, and all interested in sustainable craft are
invited to participate in a workshop on kudzu fiber and indigo dye
processing, to be held October 9 - 10, 2010, at Sulphur Creek Farm in
Bells Bend, from 9 am until 5 pm each day. Participants will turn
kudzu vines into fiber suitable for sewing and weaving, harvest indigo
plants on-site and process them into blue pigment for use as dye and
paint, and create a wall hanging incorporating kudzu fiber and indigo
dye. Artisan Natural Dyeworks (formerly ASK Apparel) have teamed up
with Philadelphia-based BLUEREDYELLOW to run a two-day workshop at
Sulphur Creek Farm, where the Bellos sisters of Artisan Natural
Dyeworks grow many of the plants used in their dyehouse operations.

Indigo is perhaps best known for its starring role in coloring blue
denim. Most of the indigo in use today is synthetic; prior to the
advent of synthetic dyes, however, plant-derived indigo was highly
valued as one of the few sources of permanent blue from the natural
world. Artisan Natural Dyeworks, which uses only natural indigo in
their dyework, has received a Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education (SARE) grant to investigate best practices for cultivating
and processing indigo-containing plants. They hope to apply the
results of this research as they establish a cooperative of dyeplant
growers in the Southeast. During the October workshop, participants
will be able to see the four different indigo-pigment producing
varieties grown at Sulphur Creek as part of the research grant -- two
tropical Indigoferas, the primary commercial genus of historical
trade; Polygonum tinctorum, also known as Dyer’s Knotweed,
historically cultivated in Japan and particularly well-suited for
Tennessee’s temperate climate; and Isatis tinctoria, or woad, the
historic source for blue dye in Europe. (Fans of Braveheart, take
note: though woad has been used since Neolithic times, the jury is
still out on whether it was ever used as a facepaint.) The process of
extracting color from indigo-containing plants, then getting that
color onto cloth, is a complex, multi-step operation. The two-day
workshop will provide a great introduction to the chemistry, lore and
unpredictable magic of indigo!

Kudzu, though reviled in the American South as an agricultural pest
and a fast-growing scourge of highways, actually has a long tradition
of use as medicine, food, and fiber. In Japan, kudzu roots, leaves,
shoots, and flowers are used to prepare a wide range of edible
delicacies, and kudzu powder and root are used to treat a variety of
blood and intestinal disorders. Kudzu cloth, woven from the long bast
fibers present in the vines, is known for its remarkable durability --
a garment can last several generations. Its initial stiffness
eventually mellows and softens with age, a quality that has given rise
to a proverb stating that the first generation wears a kudzu-cloth
garment as a jacket, the second generation the same garment as a
shirt, and the third as an undergarment.

Workshop participants will engage in a demonstration of kudzu-fiber
processing, have the opportunity to harvest and process the several
species of indigo-producing plants grown by the Bellos sisters at
their Sulphur Creek Farms dye plot, learn the process of setting up a
fresh-leaf indigo vat, and dye their hand-processed kudzu fiber in a
fresh indigo vat constructed over the course of the workshop. The
workshop will culminate in a lecture on Sunday, October 10th at 4:30
p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will provide an
overview on indigo cultivation, processing and dyework from a
contemporary and historical perspective. There is a $30 fee for the
two-day workshop, and space is limited, so participants are urged to
sign up early by visiting the workshop information page at

Artisan Natural Dyeworks is an artisanal dyehouse based in Nashville,
Tennessee, specializing in the use of all-natural plant- and
earth-based dyes to dye garments, piece goods and production yardage.
Co-founded by sisters Sarah and Alesandra Bellos, Artisan Natural
Dyeworks grows and gathers its own dye materials, works with farmers
to cultivate natural dye plants on a larger scale, and designs and
uses minimal-waste systems to create distinctive colors for textiles.
BLUEREDYELLOW produces locally-made clothing in the Philadelphia area,
using home-grown natural dyes and organic cotton garments sewn by
local textile manufacturers. BLUEREDYELLOW co-founder Elissa Meyers
explored her interest in natural dyes as an intern with ASK Apparel
(Artisan Natural Dyework’s previous incarnation) during the summer of
2009, and, together with workshop co-leader Kiki Brown, studied kudzu
processing across the southeast. Workshop host Sulphur Creek Farms,
one of several Bells Bend Neighborhood Farms, is a fifty-acre parcel
with a vibrant Community Supported Agriculture program and a strong
focus on connecting urban Nashville with its rural and agricultural
heritage and future. With several thousand acres of rich, fertile
soil only fifteen minutes from downtown Nashville, the
Scottsboro/Bells Bend area could potentially provide Nashville with a
large percentage of its food (and perhaps even its dyes and fibers),
grown locally and sustainably.


For more information, please contact or
615.306.3154. Please note that workshop coordinators Sarah and
Alesandra Bellos will be out of town and unavailable for comment from
September 22 until October 3.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Saturday, September 18, 2010

joseph Lupo at Twist Art Gallery #73 october 2010

Twist Art Gallery presents: Joseph Lupo for October 2010 in space 73.

Joseph Lupo was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1977. From there he grew
up in Schaumburg, a Northwest Suburb of Chicago.

In 1999 Joseph received his BFA from Bradley University, a small
university located in Peoria, Illinois. His undergraduate training
was mainly in Intalgio and Relief. While at Bradley, Joseph was
taught by accomplished printmaker Oscar Gillespie. Bradley offered
professional printing experience through the Cradle Oak Press.
Through the press, Joseph was able to work on prints by artists
Warrington Colescott, Richard Hull, and Katsunori Haminishi.

After graduating from Bradley University, Joseph entered graduate
studies at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. At Georgia,
Joseph was taught by printmakers Carmon Colangelo, Melissa Harshman,
Joe Sanders, Rick Johnson, and Tom Hammond. UGA also gave Joseph the
opportunity to widen his range of techniques, and learned lithography,
silkscreen, and photo transfer techniques. He was also able to be an
assistant printer for artists Ralph Steadman and Sue Coe. During this
time, his work was shown not only in Athens but also at Saltworks
Gallery, Youngblood Gallery, and The Contemporary Art Center in

Joseph earned his MFA in 2002, then moved to back to Chicago. While
in Chicago Joseph taught classes at Robert Morris College and Moraine
Valley Community College. He also showed work at Gallery 312, Anchor
Graphics, and The Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago.

Joseph Lupo joined the faculty at West Virginia University in 2004.
His work in the classroom focuses on intaglio, lithography, relief,
silkscreen, and digital printmaking for both graduate and
undergraduate students. Since joining the faculty, he has been the
Printmaking Department Coordinator and the Visiting Artist
Coordinator. He has been working with graduate students and
Pittsburgh based press Artist Image Resource to offer internships to
WVU students.

Joseph’s work has been a part of over 50 different juried and curated
shows in Illinois, Texas, Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, Washington,
Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Michigan, Arkansas, Louisiana, New York, Colorado, Ohio, and Arizona.
With solo/two-person shows in Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia,
Pennsylvania, and Virginia.


mark Bradley-Shoup & Ron Buffington, Oct. 2 – 30, Twist etc.

Mark Bradley-Shoup & Ron Buffington, Oct. 2 – 30, Twist Art Gallery

Arcade spaces #75 & 77

It’s been a little over two years since former TAG gallery owner and
independent curator Jerry Dale McFadden has had anything to do with
the Nashville art scene. Despite honorable attempts at bringing
national and international contemporary artists to a Nashville
audience, McFadden found himself unable to weather the economic
downturn and ended up closing his commercial gallery after 8 years.
He has spent the past two years working in the arts non-profit world
as one of several directors at the Association for Visual Arts, a
unique organization that has helped transition the small but mighty
town of Chattanooga into an arts destination.

Jerry Dale returns to the scene of the crime by guest curating a small
exhibit for October’s schedule at Twist Art Gallery in downtown
Nashville’s historic Arcade. With Fall primarily seen as the start of
the art season, it seemed a good time to introduce Nashville to some
of the art rumblings going on down south in his new hometown of

Opening October 2nd along with the monthly “Downtown Art Crawl” which
he helped to establish several years ago, McFadden brings together the
artwork of two young contemporary painters, Mark Bradley-Shoup and Ron
Buffington. Both artists are instructors at the University of
Tennessee at Chattanooga and have shown extensively around the

McFadden has this to say of the work...

“Though both artists work in different styles of painting, I wanted to
see Mark and Ron’s work exhibited together in hopes that the viewer
might notice an unplanned dialogue between these two friends.
Bradley-Shoup’s semi-photorealistic paintings are reduced to flat and
muted colors that highlight the angular edges of everyday life, while
Buffington’s own angles and color shapes of abstraction hint at
similar sources. There’s a friendly painter camaraderie going on,
though neither artist work together, at least not in that capacity.
Fans of each other’s work, one can see how these two artists settle in
easily when the subject of theory and inspiration come up.

This will be a beautiful show and I look forward to seeing old friends
and familiar faces at the reception!”

Both Chattanooga artists will be in attendance for this small and
intimate showing at Twist. The show remains on exhibit the month of
October, through the 30th.


Twist Art Gallery
73 Arcade
Nashville, TN 37219
(888) 535-5286

Gallery Hours
Thursday and Friday 11 - 5
Saturday 11 - 3
Join us the first Saturday of every month
6 to 9 p.m. for the First Saturday Gallery Crawl


Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Thursday, September 09, 2010

twist art gallery september 2010 matthew carver

twist art gallery september 2010 kristina arnold

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Matthew Carver at Twist

Friday, September 03, 2010