Jun 012016
 

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Immersive art alert! abrasiveMedia always hosts innovated shows, and FOSSILS is no exception. The event takes place June 4, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. during the June Arts & Music @ Wedgewood / Houston.

From the press release:

Sarah Saturday is a performer and songwriter also known by the moniker of Gardening, Not Architecture. Celebrated for experimentation since her solo career began in 2007, her new collaboration, FOSSILS, with filmmakers Dycee Wildman, Jonathan Rogers, and Motke Dapp is no exception.

This feature length film collaboration made to accompany her album of the same title screened at her album release party in 2015 at The Crying Wolf to local acclaim and will be taking on a new life for June’s Art Crawl at abrasiveMedia on June 4th. The installation will include the series of paintings by L.A. Bachman (on loan from Rymer Gallery) that were commissioned for the film, as well as footage of the performance by contemporary dance company Numinous Flux that was choreographed to accompany the album. The result will be an immersive sensory experience designed to invite the viewer and listener to enter the world curated by Sarah and Dycee. Contributing artists include: Gardening, Not Architecture (Musician), Dycee Wildman (Filmmaker), Jonathan Rogers (Filmmaker), Motke Dapp (Filmmaker), Rachel Tolbert (Choreographer), Laura Valentine (Numinous Flux Choreographer), L.A. Bachman (Rymer Represented Artist). We invite you to join this unique event at abrasiveMedia.

More info on the Facebook event page.

FOSSILS: A 360 Degree Audio/Visual Experience
June 4, 2016,  6-9 p.m., free show, all ages
@ abrasiveMedia – 438 Houston Street, Suite 257, Nashville, TN

 

Feb 062015
 

I’m really happy to announce Modular Art Pods happening Saturday, February 7th during Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston 6-10 p.m. at abrasiveMedia inside Houston Station (438 Houston Street, Nashville, TN). MAPs is the open-source community art tunnel that I’ve been working on for over a year, and it features 30 individually-curated pods. None of this could have happened without the hard work and creativity of the participating artists, which include:

  • Adrienne Newman
  • Alison Rinner and Becky Matthews
  • Andee Rudloff
  • Andri Alexandrou
  • Arthur Kirkby
  • Ava Marie Puckett
  • Beth Reitmeyer
  • Brandon Donahue
  • Brandon Greer
  • Brian Somerville
  • Courtney Adair Johnson
  • Dig Deep Light Show
  • Dylan Ethier and Molly Lahym
  • Emily Holt
  • Evelyn Walker
  • Gordon Roqué
  • Joe Clemons
  • Kayla Saito
  • Kyle Baker
  • Kyle Numann
  • Lauren Kussro
  • Luke Rainey
  • Matt Fox and Ben Clark
  • Matthew Jernigan
  • Megan Kelley and Stephen Zerne
  • Morgan Higby-Flowers
  • Patrick Stefaniak
  • Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship
  • Secret Friends
  • Tony Youngblood

Modular Art Pods will be unlike other art exhibitions you’ve attended. You could call it an “art haunted house,” and like haunted houses, you will have to wait in line to get in. So allow time for waiting. And wear comfortable clothes for crawling. If you are unable to crawl through, we also have a backlot walking tour that lets you peer in on the crawlers and see the behind-the-scenes magic.

MAPs isn’t the only show happening in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood Saturday night. Also check out Tom Shinness, Tony Gerber and Kirby Shelstad performing at Noteable Blends (also inside Houston Station) at 8p.m. and lots of other gallery openings, including Andrew O’Brien’s Talking Talking House at Seed Space, Fort Houston’s 3rd Birthday Bonanza, Ariel Lavery at The Packing Plant, the opening of Cumberland Gallery in Track One, and lots more. Also, MAPs participant Kayla Saito has a solo show at the WAG Gallery in the Arcade downtown. Joe Nolan has the details on these events and more at the Nashville Scene’s Crawl Guide.

Find out more about Modular Art Pods here.

Check out some pictures and videos of the pods in progress!

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

AlisonRinner & Becky Fox Matthews

Alison Rinner & Becky Fox Matthews

Andee Rudloff

Andee Rudloff

Kyle Numann

Kyle Numann

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Joe Clemons

Joe Clemons

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Matt Fox & Ben Clark

Matt Fox & Ben Clark

Brian Somerville

Brian Somerville

Brian Somerville

Gordon Roque

Gordon Roque

Dec 022014
 
Erica and Billy in a pod.

Erica and Billy in a pod.

Some of you who know me may have heard on this strange art exhibit idea I’ve been working on called Modular Art Pods. Basically, it’s a linear art tunnel comprised of individually-curated 4′ cubes. Each micro-gallery holds only one person, so you can confront the art without the distractions of free wine and conversation.

We just launched the MAPs site and announced the call for artists. If you’re interested in making a pod, apply here. The exhibition happens February 7th at abrasiveMedia, a wonderful new art center in Wedgewood/Houston.

Jul 242014
 

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Just a few short years ago, it was really difficult to find experimental programming in Nashville. But now our city has one of the most active experimental scenes in the country, thanks to the hard work and passion of people like Chris Davis, Leslie Keffer, Brady Sharp, Greg Bryant, Cody Bottoms, and Crom Giguere.

Take for example the evening of Friday, July 25th. Nashville hosts two must-see experimental lineups. At the new Wedgewood/Houston arts venue abrasiveMedia (I wrote about the space in Nashville Arts here), we have the duo Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones. Thorpe performs on flute, electronics, and laptop, and Jones performs on circuit-bent electronics and spoken word. They’re in town for an electronics workshop at Southern Girls Rock Camp, which I think is fantastic.

Stephen Trageser did a wonderful job of describing the event over at the Nashville Scene. Here’s an excerpt:

If you’ve ever been interested in experimental or improvisational music but found yourself intimidated by technology, jargon, or the prospect of successfully navigating a male-dominated field as a woman, don’t miss this show featuring cutting-edge female performers. Besides having several shelves of awards and advanced music degrees between them, Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones founded Techne, an organization that offers young women workshops in DIY electronics and instrument design.

The Voight-Kampff Duo (Brady Sharp on prepared guitar and Stephen Seifert  on synthesizers) will open. The event, which begins at 8:30 p.m., is organized by Brady Sharp.

On the same evening at Emma Bistro, Chris Davis and Tate Eskew’s experimental art company FMRL is presenting Jeremy Bible, Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew. Bible is an Ohio sound artist and founder of the label Experimedia. Here’s what Aquarius Records had to say about him:

Bible’s jittery splutter of tone into jagged sawtooth patterns and erratic squiggle recalls some of the polydactyl, generative work from Keith Fullerton Whitman or the scabrous digital errata of Florian Hecker. At times, it’s a frenzied, furious work; and at others, it can be austerely designed in the vein of Tietchens.

Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew are all amazing local musicians. Dig Deep Light Show will provide the visuals. The FMRL show begins at 9 p.m. I recommend starting the evening at abrasiveMedia and then high-tailing it over to Emma to catch as much of this as you can.

Over at Cult Fiction Underground, they’re screening the silent film The Temptress, starring Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, and Lionel Barrymore. What makes this a must-see is the live hammered-dulcimer score by Ricko Donovan. The Temptress is playing at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Of course, I recommend seeing the abrasiveMedia and Emma shows on Friday and catching this Saturday night.

 

An Evening with Suzanne Thorpe & Bonnie Jones, w/ The Voight-Kampff Duo
Friday, July 25th, 8:30 p.m., $6 – $10 donation.
@ abrasiveMedia
434 Houston St. in Houston Station, Nashville, TN 37203

FMRL Presents Jeremy Bible, Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew
Friday, July 25th, 9 p.m., $7. Purchase tickets at http://fmrlarts.org.
@ Emma Bistro
9 Lea Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37210

Cult Fiction Underground: The Temptress Feat. Live Score by Ricko Donovan
July 25th & 26th, 8 p.m.
@ Logue’s Black Raven Emporium
2915 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN