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Nov 012013
Shelby Shadwell "Auniversal Picture 7" @ threesquared

Shelby Shadwell “Auniversal Picture 7” @ threesquared

My neighborhood will be bustling Saturday, November 2nd for the fourth Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston. Participating galleries include Infinity Cat Records, Zeitgeist, Cleft Studios, Fort Houston, Ground Floor Gallery, threesquared and an after party at Track One. Look for a map at any participating gallery for the full list.

The crawl is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Track One will stay open until 11:00 p.m.

Here are a few highlights:

Infinity Cat Records
467 Humphreys St., Nashville, TN 37203

This Saturday night at the Infinity Cat Visitors Center there will be a show of photographic prints by Julia Bee. Fans of JEFF the Brotherhood, Apache Relay, Mumford and Sons, The Vaccines, and Old Crow Medicine Show will be able to view (and purchase) photos from last Saturday’s epic night of rock. Julia Bee is a local photographer who’s been shooting Nashville’s dirtiest, grittiest, gnarliest shows for years. At age seventeen she began shooting for Nashville’s Dead and continued to expand reach into the photographic community. Shooting only traditional 35mm film, she develops and prints all of her work in her own darkroom, and will be opening Nashville’s first community-based darkroom in the coming months at Fort Houston (with the help of friend and fellow photographer Bekah Cope). This weekend, armed only with a camera and ten rolls of film, she followed supergroup Salvador Dali Parton through their entire three day craze of writing, rehearsing, and performing. Salvador Dali Parton is Jake Orrall, Mike Harris, Winston Marshall, Justin Hayward-Young, and Gill Landry. — Infinity Cat Press Release

Track One
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
1209 4th Ave S, Nashville, Tn 37203

Light Adapted – Projection Art by Black and Jones (Kell Black and Barry Jones), Jonathan Rattner, Kelli Hix, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Michael Hampton, Mika Agari, Zack Rafuls and Josh Gumiela. — Press release from Track One.

If you liked our Bring Your Own Beamer show at Track One a few months ago or our ON/OFF electronic art show at S.N.A.P. Center for the first Wedgewood/Houston art crawl, you’ll love this showcase of projection art. Curators Josh Gumiela and Morgan Higby-Flowers participated in those previous shows, and they have some amazing things cooked up for Saturday night. Trust me. Don’t miss this.

Ground Floor Gallery
Chestnut Square Building

Conditionally Human — A juried exhibition featuring Richard BrouilletChris BurksAletha CarrJulie CowanLiz HellerKelly HiderRyan HoevenaarLaney HumphreyNathan MadridElysia MannMiriam Norris OmuraMary RobinsonLiz Clayton ScofieldBridgit StofferDenise TarantinoRoss TurnerJake WeigelCathleen Windham and Fotios Zemenides.

This exhibition juried by University of Texas at San Antonio professor Libby Rowe is sure to be one of the highlights of the crawl. Bring Your Own Beamer and ON/OFF participant Liz Clayton Scofield will unveil a new work.

Chestnut Square Building

Auniversal Picture  – new large-scale drawings by Shelby Shadwell, Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Wyoming. Shadwell actively exhibits across the nation and was recently featured in the International Drawing Annual 5 and 6 publications through the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he had a solo exhibition in February 2013. — threesquared press release.

Zeitgeist Gallery
516 Hagan Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Shade Models by Patrick DeGuira is made up of paintings, collage and sculpture and investigates the concepts of memory, time and language. It deals with the creation of impermanence in one’s historical makeup.

Reckonings by Gieves Anderson is a series of images made by photographing wet paint. The photograph freezes the fleeting moment when the paint is at the height of it’s vitality and allows the artist to share an intimate, ephemeral moment in the life of a painting causing one to  think about paint as something other than an end product. — Zeitgeist press release.

Fort Houston
500 Houston Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Fort Houston is pleased to present Unit 2 (part 2): From the High Chair to the Electric Chair, an exhibition of a model society designed by David Duncan, Ron Cauthern, and other prisoners on Tennessee’s death row.

Constructed from materials permitted by prison authorities, including painted cardboard, plastic, and pasted paper, the miniature city offers a view of the society from the standpoint of individuals it has condemned to death. In a series of episodic vignettes, it traces a dispiriting, but familiar path from the housing projects through the playgrounds and schools and ultimately to the prisons and execution chambers. In this piece, the artists describe a social landscape where a persistent lack of opportunity becomes an engine of criminality and incarceration, where the downtrodden are continuously subjected to surveillance and control, and where social and political failures destroy lives. Overall, the ensemble suggests that our courtrooms, prisons, and execution chambers will never be empty until our institutions take responsibility for society’s most vulnerable citizens. It argues that social and political failures inaugurate a cycle of poverty and incarceration that frequently repeats itself from one generation to the next.

The diorama advances this critique while aspiring to introduce its audience to some of the dismal realities of contemporary poverty and imprisonment. As David Duncan had remarked, “I don’t want children today to learn about this cycle after they’re in prison.” — Fort Houston press release.

Fort Houston will also feature multimedia artist Bill Vincent‘s amazing projection-mapped Nashville skyline.

Cleft Studios
444 Humphreys St, Nashville, TN 37203

New Work by Rbt. Sps. and Christine Rogers

This is shaping up to be one of the best art crawls of the year! Here’s an area map to help you plan your route:






Aug 282013
Adan De La Garza's April BYOB at Chestnut Studios

Adan De La Garza’s April BYOB at Chestnut Studios

I’m seeking video artists for a projected video art show at Track One (beside Ovvio Arte) for the September ArtsMusic @ Wedgewood/Houston, Saturday September 7th. The new monthly Wedgewood-Houston art crawl had its inaugural show the first Saturday in August. Last month I teamed up with Mike Kluge to curate an electronic art exhibition at SNAP Center. In addition to Track One, the September crawl will also feature Zeitgeist Gallery, Fort Houston, Ovvio Arte, Cleft Music, Infinity Cat Records and more.

Track One is letting me set up a pop-up show in their HUGE warehouse space, and I figured, “What better way to fill the space than beamed light?” I decided to host a Bring Your Own Beamer show after being inspired by Watkins professor Adan De La Garza’s BYOB at Chestnut Studios in April.  And no, we’re not talking about BMWs. In Europe, projectors are sometimes called “beamers.”

What is BYOB? From the official website:

BYOB is a series of one-night-exhibitions curated by different people around the world. The idea is simple: Find a place, invite many artists, ask them to bring their projectors.

BYOB is a way of making a huge show with zero budget. It is also an exploration of the medium of projection.

Who created BYOB?

BYOB is an idea by Rafaël Rozendaal. The first edition of BYOB was initiated by Anne de Vries & Rafael Rozendaal in Berlin.

For the Track One BYOB, I’m hoping to fill an entire corner of the room with light. We’re looking for video artists with vivid, eye-catching work who can provide their own projector and playback medium. The art needs to work without a soundtrack as we’ll be featuring a separate selection of sound art through a PA system. Your art can be digital video, 8mm or 16mm film, slides through a slide projector, live manipulations via overhead projectors, magic lantern art, projected shadow art, reflected light art, laser art, and whatever you can imagine, as long as it’s the medium of thrown light. We can project on walls, floors and ceilings. We can hang white fabric from the rafters and back project. We can tie a projector from a rope and swing it. Anything is possible, and I’d love your input. The idea is that people will open the door into the warehouse and be transported into an alien world of moving light.

I took a few pictures of the space, included here. Much of the storage materials in the room will be moved out of the way. Notice that arched ceiling with the white cloud insulation? Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

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The event will happen Saturday, September 7th from 8pm to 11pm. If you participate, you must arrive by 3pm at the latest to set up your projector. You must not break down your equipment until after 11pm. You provide your projector, adapters, video source and short extension code.

If you’re interested in participating, write to me at tony@theatreintangible.com.

Thanks to Track One’s Boyer Barner and Fort Houston‘s Ryan Schemmel for putting this thing together. Big thanks to Rafaël Rozendaal for the BYOB concept and to Adan De La Garza for hosting the first Nashville BYOB and giving me his blessing to set up this one.

Aug 012013


The Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood is kicking off a new monthly art crawl, beginning Saturday, August 3rd from 5:30pm to 11pm. I’m teaming up with Mike Kluge (Future Night at Boheme Collectif) to curate an electronic art exhibition at the SNAP Center called “ON/OFF.”

The art community centered around Chestnut Street (near Greer Stadium) has long been one of Nashville’s best kept secrets. The Saturday art crawl is a great opportunity to tour wonderful spaces such as music producer Lonie John Hutchin’s new Cleft Studios, world famous Infinity Cat Records, community makerspace Fort Houston, and galleries such as Ground Floor Gallery, Ovvio Arte, Seed Space, Track One and Zeitgeist Gallery.

For our ON/OFF exhibition at SNAP Center, Mike and I called upon members of the circuit bending and electronic music and art communities to show off  interactive installations, reactive video, sound sculptures, flashing lights and things that go buzz.

There will be two live performances. At 7pm and 9pm, artist David Wright LaGrone will perform live dynamic video art with guitar pedals and the Hard Soft Synth 3jb, an innovative lo-fi video synthesizer from Bleep Labs.  At 8pm and 10pm, artist and Watkins professor Morgan Higby Flowers will perform realtime audio visuals using a no-input system. The output ranges from dirt-filthy, loud, and stroboscopic to soft, rhyth-matic NTSC rivers.

The participating artists include:

  • Zach Adams
  • Brains Bailey
  • Benton Bainbridge
  • Lawrence Crow
  • Josh Gumiela
  • Linda Heck
  • Morgan Higby-Flowers
  • David Wright LaGrone
  • Andrew Morill
  • Adrienne Outlaw
  • Luke Rainey
  • Stan Richardson
  • Liz Clayton Scofield
  • Derek Schartung
  • Russell White

(Artist list is subject to change.)

This should be a fun show! Check out previews of Adrienne Outlaw‘s and Zach Adams‘ works below.

And be sure to check out all the other great gallery exhibits.

More info on the Facebook event page.

ON/OFF Electronic Art Exhibition (Wedgewood-Houston Art Crawl) Saturday, August 3rd, 5:30-11pm, FREE, all ages

@ SNAP Center 1224 Martin St, Nashville, TN 37203

Parking locations: 516 Hagan St. 37203 500 Houston St. 37203 427 Chesnut St. 37203

This article was adapted from my guest post at Nashville Arts Magazine.