Jun 052015
 
Beth Reitmeyer's Art is Illuminating

Beth Reitmeyer’s Art is Illuminating

The Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston¬†crawl is a good one this Saturday night, and once again, I’ll be working until 11pm at the big box hardware store. ūüôĀ

But just because I can’t go doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! Start your night off at Seed Space to see the continuing All the Lights in My House by Rocky Horton. It’s exactly what it sounds like: all the lights in Horton’s house. He’s going without electric light until the exhibition is over.

While at Seed Space, pick up one of¬†Modular Art Pods participant Beth Reitmeyer‘s hand-made lanterns, a one night performance called Art is Illuminating. You can keep your lantern and take it with you from gallery to gallery.

Seed Space is inside the Track One complex. While there, head down the hall to the Track One gallery to see The Silo Room, a group show curated by Courtney Adair Johnson (also a MAPs participant) and featuring the work of Johnson, Myles Bennett, Nance Cooley, Justin Gill, Lauren Gregory, Andy Harding, and Kit Kite.

A little before 9:30,¬†visit Ground Floor Gallery to see SYSTEM POLITICS, an exhibition and performance by MAPs and Circuit Benders’ Ball participant Morgan Higby-Flowers with special guest¬†Patrick Deguira. ¬†The “no-input audio/visual performance” starts at 9:30 in the back alley of Ground Floor.

MAPs participants Brandon Donahue and Emily Holt will be in group shows, Donahue at David Lusk and Holt at Julia Martin Gallery. Over at the Downtown Art Crawl, Emily Sue Laird and Ross Denton have a show at Watkins Arcade Gallery. (I interviewed Emily Sue Laird for Nashville Arts Magazine here.)¬†And that’s just¬†a few¬†of the dozens of events happening Saturday night. Joe Nolan at the Scene¬†has the details on the rest.

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Watkins professor Morgan Higby-Flowers organized a weekend residency with School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor James Connolly, who creates instruments by hacking old audio/visual equipment. On Saturday, May 2nd at Coop Gallery in the Arcade, Connolly will perform RGB.VGA.VOLT, a work performed on a synthesizer made from cathode ray tube monitors. According to Connolly, the synthesizer was inspired by Nam June Paik’s television synthesizers and the early video synth, the Sandin Image Processor.

There will be two performances: one at 7 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. While you’re at the Arcade, enjoy the rest of the Downtown Art Crawl. Joe Nolan at the Nashville Scene has the details on the rest here.

Jun 162014
 

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Along with Light & Sound Machine at Third Man Records, the Track 1 building in Wedgewood/Houston is becoming one of the best places to see underground and experimental video art. Case in point: this video art show Friday, June 20th at 8:oo p.m.

Details from the press release:

WHAT: “ATTENTION”

In an effort to combat culturally induced impatience and shortened attention spans, student art collective Co. H presents ATTENTION, a juried, hour-long screening of video art. Time-based art (in other words, work that is to be experienced in duration) suffers as a result of this condition. As such, the work here is presented in succession, as a screening, rather than installed in space to be addressed in passing. ATTENTION features 15 videos from both students and professors working regionally in Nashville and Chattanooga, as well as from artists based nationally in Pennsylvania and New York.

ARTISTS:
Benjamin Anderson
Sharyn Bachleda
Keren Beddoe
Kellie Bornhoft
Bradley Braunschweig
Ann Catherine Carter & Tyler Blankenship
Elisha Farahmand
Holden Head
Morgan Higby-Flowers
Ron Lambert
Casey Payne
Angel Renta
William Stewart
Hannah Taylor
Chelsea Velaga

They really hit the nail on the head about the difficulties showing time-based art. “Bring Your Own Beamers” and such are great for creating a massive sensory assault, but they’re not great for highlighting each artist’s individual piece. On Friday at Track 1, you’ll be able to give each piece your attention¬†without distraction.

Most of the names on the list are new to me, but I do notice Kellie Bornhoft and Morgan Higby-Flowers, who participated in the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball; Ann Catherine Carter, an artist and musician who is taking over for Veronica Kavass as the gallery director at The Packing Plant; and Tyler Blankenship, filmmaker, musician, and chief archivist of the current Nashville art scenes.

More info on the Facebook event page.

“ATTENTION” Video Art Show
Friday, June 20, reception at 8 p.m., screening at 9 p.m.

@ Track One Building
(4th Avenue South and Chestnut)
1211 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210

May 072014
 

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Josh Gumiela tipped me off to this amazing FREE electronic show at The Coup in Clarksville on Friday, May 9th. The show is kind of a dark wizards’ social of Nashville experimental electronic composers. If you haven’t been to The Coup, it’s basically THE place to see experimental music in Clarksville. And the veggie burgers rock.

The show is called FIALPHONICS: Electronic Music on the Threshold of Defeat, and it features six¬†artists, three of which performed at the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball (Carl Oliver, Morgan Higby-Flowers, and Foster Dada), one of which has appeared at Noa Noa and on Theatre Intangible (Two Two aka Jeremy Bennett), one of which books amazing experimental and electronic nights at the East Room (Grey People aka¬†Alex Michalski) and one Spring Hill artist that’s new to me (Oiswert).

Here’s the press release:

Josh Gumiela and The Coup present FIALPHONICS, an event showcasing artists using machines that definitely are not error proof.

Witness the relentless cackling of Carl Oliver’s irritated modular synthesizer, Grey People’s quartz clock fingers skating across vinyl like high heels on ice, and the stumbling sonics of Two Two as he pillages archaic libraries of flammable papyrus ghosts.

Also featuring: Foster Dada, whose mutilated drum machines perform digital intercourse, Mrgn Hgby-Flwrs, who melts the polar caps of your eyeballs faster than you can say ‘climate change conspiracy,’ and Oiswert, whose olfactory metallurgy fuses electricity with steel in the absence of heat.

This is well worth the 45 mile drive to Clarksville. While there, stroll around downtown Clarksville. It’s scenic.

FIALPHONICS
Friday, May 9th, 9 p.m., free show, all ages

@ The Coup
118 University Ave
Clarksville, TN 37040