Crawl space: February 2022 | visual art






“Threshold and bent floor”, Lisa Bachman Jones


LLast month’s Art Exploration kicked off the winter arts season a week late due to New Year’s holiday delays, and with some renewed concerns due to record COVID numbers. Fortunately, in February, the peak of Omicron decreases, with the number of cases going back down in the right direction. It also marks the first month of the new shape of the Wedgewood-Houston arts scene, which has undergone a sudden shake-up in the face of closures, upgrades and extensions end of 2021.

Some of the biggest Saturday night arts events take place in the changing spaces of The packing factory in Wedgewood-Houston. The Packing Plant is the hub of Nashville’s contemporary art scene, and its ever-changing list of galleries and creative spaces means the location always offers new thrills, experiences, and services. The big news for Saturday night is Cooperative‘s first show in the building’s large central gallery, which was once occupied by Channel to Channel. Coop’s inaugural exhibition in its new premises is the annual exhibition New members exhibition, which actually includes artists who will be familiar to Nashville gallery regulars. Lisa Bachman Jones is a new member of the Coop, but she is already a veteran of the local art scene whose work has been a highlight of the Rymer Gallery’s list of local artists. Jones investigates spaces and liminal states in her multimedia practice, which includes painting, sculpture, video and more. Jones’ borderless explorations of mediums make her work inherently interesting, whatever the content. Yanira VissepoThe work of will also be familiar to Coop fans, who will recognize the artist’s Japanese woodblock-inspired print from his time as Coop Artist-in-Residence in 2020. The show also includes Beth Reitmeyerthe colorful and immersive installation work of and an exhibition of digital art by a graphic designer quintin watkins.

Coop’s former cozy north-west gallery is now a new satellite space for the Grassmere-based company Modfellows Gallery. The gallery will christen its new location in the heart of the city’s hot art scene with an exhibition by the East Nashville artist RyanMichael Noble. In the 1980s, the aesthetic of street art burst into art galleries, but the influences of artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat have arguably never been greater. Noble’s colorful abstract compositions were once reminiscent of Kandinsky and Calder, but the artist has taken his penchant for making marks to an extreme that can’t help but recall Haring’s confident doodling. That said, Haring’s work in the New York City subway tunnels has been called contemporary cave painting. Noble’s work is ultimately less figurative – it’s the kind of painting that has as much to do with manuscript and calligraphic traditions as it does with modernist abstraction. noble opens Language at Modfellows on Saturday night.

Basquiat’s influence is clearly apparent in the inaugural exhibition of the Nashville comedian’s art gallery Josh Black, which opens Don’t forget to laugh at Julia Martin Gallery Saturday evening. Black’s raw, colorful characters borrow generously from Basquiat, but Black also recognizes the often-overlooked humor in Basquiat’s exaggerated scribbles of skulls, insects, cops, and boxers accompanied by the artist’s textual asides. Black injects his own sense of the absurd into his social commentary and keeps it from being just another exhibition of activist art.

And now for something completely different: Vadis Turner opens Window treatments at The spirit of the times the Saturday. Zeitgeist continues to refuse evening receptions while those Omicron numbers are still dwindling, but they will be open from noon to 6 p.m. for visitors who need only be the first to see this exhibition of massive sculptures from the one of Nashville’s most accomplished designers. . That said, visitors who choose to attend evening receptions on Saturdays should still plan an evening hosted by Zeitgeist: Turner won a grant from the Current Art Fund/Tri-Star Arts to help fund this exhibit, which also includes lighting and projection mapping. through Mike Kluge and Jonny Kingsburywith sound design by Emery Dobyns. Visitors can enjoy the illuminated display and hear its hissing and cracking soundscape from the street, and the installation will be visible through the windows of Zeitgeist 24 hours a day until March 19.

Michael Ray Nott is one of the most productive and enthusiastic creators of Nashville’s vast and diverse street photography scene. While many photographers focus on vintage architecture, dilapidated barns or demolition, Nott has found her way to concert halls, tourist traps, bridal busts and protest parades that converge on the center -city of Nashville. Nott apprenticed with legendary street photographer Garry Winogrand, and the controlled chaos in Nott’s crowded compositions and his intrinsic empathy for his subjects speak to lessons well learned. Notts Honkytonx exposure to Arts Chauvet features massive prints of images from the windows of Nashville’s famous Lower Broadway skirmishes. The images are reminiscent of photographic double exposures, but here Nott films the dance floor action inside boot-scootin country music clubs, while capturing the surrounding street scenes reflected in the glass. The results are eerily immersive flat images that offer sweeping perspectives. The works are set in LED screens and are reminiscent of the bright nighttime signage that draws thirsty bridesmaids, hopeful songwriters, soapbox preachers and versatile thugs down the river almost every day. weeknights.

Christopher S. Washington