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Aug 022014
Derek Schartung, exhibiting at 444 Popup Gallery

Derek Schartung, exhibiting at 444 Popup Gallery

With the Sideshow Fringe Festival, the Downtown Art Crawl, and Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston, there’s just too dang much to do this Saturday. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you plan your event-hopping well.

Update: I forgot about Akai Con! It’s the anime convention founded by Theatre Intangible participant Cody Bottoms, and it runs through Sunday.

The Sideshow Fringe Festival continues with several dance and theatre performances. Go and check the full schedule here. I’m most excited about the puppetry double-header “The Circus of Pierrot” and “The Morning After” at 7:30 p.m. at Actors Bridge Studio. Here’s how the schedule describes the shows:

“The Circus of Pierrot.” Pierrot, a broken-hearted ballerina, longs to find her place in life. When she meets a ringmaster searching for a new clown act, she gives up dancing in exchange for the spectacle and excitement of the circus. Incorporating five different styles of puppetry and elements of pantomime and dance, “The Circus of Pierrot” is sure to dazzle the senses and warm the heart.

“The Morning After,” an original short by Cassie Hamilton, featuring rod puppetry.

And here’s the first tough choice of the evening. At 6:30 at Fond Object, Chet Weise’s Poetry Sucks! returns. Find out more at NYCNash.

To make the choice even tougher, at 8 p.m. the Wedgewood/Houston gallery Seed Space presents a choreographed performance featuring Chicago artists Soheila Azadi and Hanna M. Owens. The Seed Space page says,

“The Pairing” questions skin and fabric as a shield that separate bodies and ideologies; Skin and fabric that hold desire. The Pairing tells a story that touches upon motherhood, desire, love, envy and conflict. The Pairing’s audio is inspired by Islamic call for prayer sung by a woman.

Seed Space is also featuring a video art exhibition called “F.I.V.E.”

“The Pairing" by Soheila Azadi and Hanna M. Owens.

“The Pairing” by Soheila Azadi and Hanna M. Owens.

Just across the railroad tracks from Seed Space, Fort Houston is presenting a new show by Co. H. (Btw, I wrote about Fort Houston’s expanded gallery space in this month’s Nashville Arts Magazine.)

Down the street from Fort Houston, 444 Popup Gallery is presenting a glitch art exhibition by circuit bender and Theatre Intangible participant Derek Schartung. The event page says,

“Glitch” is Derek Schartung’s debut presentation of a process he’s been tinkering with recently. We’re fans of his work and he’s also a neighbor! There will be prints available and the usual spirits.

Also at Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston: A group show and Party Cannon performance at The Packing Plant, a comic-book art exhibit at abrasiveMedia, the continuing Utopia-themed show at Ground Floor, and new shows at Infinity Cat, David Lusk, Zeitgeist, and Julia Martin Gallery. Find out more at the AM@WH page and Joe Nolan’s excellent crawl guide at the Nashville Scene.

Over at the Downtown Art Crawl, Coop Gallery features a new member show with work by Shannon Clark, Thomas Sturgill, and Theatre Intangible participants Virginia Griswold and Morgan Higby-Flowers. Blend is featuring work by Jason Hargrove, an artist from Paducah, Kentucky, 30 minutes from my hometown of Mayfield. Corvidae Collective is hosting an H.R. Giger tribute. Joe Nolan has the details on the rest at the aforementioned crawl guide.

I hope to see you at one of the crawls! Here’s a helpful map of the Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston galleries provided by Anna Zeitlin:


Jul 042014
How to Smile in 34 Steps by Liz Clayton Scofield

How to Smile in 34 Steps by Liz Clayton Scofield

This Saturday’s Arts & Music @ Wedgewood Houston and Art Crawl at the Arcade are packed with great events. At 215 5th Avenue North, the Greg Bryant Expansion will be performing from 6 to 9 p.m. Check out the interview I did with Greg in this month’s Nashville Arts Magazine. The Tinney Contemporary will host a show curated by Susan Sherrick, a New York and San Francisco art dealer who will soon open a gallery in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood. Nashville writer, curator, and artist Veronica Kavass is moving to Minneapolis. She writes about the Tinney Contemporary show in her last article for the Nashville Scene.

Over in WeHo, friend of Theatre Intangible Liz Clayton Scofield will be performing “How to Smile in 34 Steps” at SeedSpace. Ann Catherine Carter will be curating her first show in a new residency at the Packing Plant. Joe Nolan has the details about those two events here and here.

Ground Floor Gallery recently moved from Chestnut Street to 942 Fourth Avenue South, and they’re having a grand opening celebration during the crawl. The opening exhibition is called Utopia: Can It Stay a Dream. Erica Ciccarone interviewed Ground Floor curator Janet Decker Yanez about the new gallery and exhibition at the Scene’s Country Life blog. (Also check out Erica’s excellent New Yorker’s guide to Nashville NYCNash.)

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Joe Nolan has the details on the rest here.

Find out more about AM@WH on the Facebook event page.

May 022014


There’s way too much stuff to do in Nashville on Saturday, May 3rd. Here are the highlights as I see them:

In Franklin, TN, you have the second annual Make-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Think of a smaller, spunkier Nashville Mini Maker Faire.



After making, go crafting. At Centennial Park, there’s spring edition of the Tennessee Craft Fair, the biggest crafting event to hit Nashville each year. Runs through Sunday.


When 6 p.m. hits, head over to the Downtown Art Crawl at the Arcade to see openings at dozens of galleries. Highlights include Ann Catherine Carter’s solo show Nothing Never Happens at 40AU and the group exhibit Draw Three at Coup that Laura Hutson wrote about in the Nashville scene.


Try to leave downtown by 7:30 so you have enough time to catch everything at Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston. Theatre Intangible participants Kelli Shay Hix and Josh Gumiela have a paper-cut art and new media show at 444 Pop Up Gallery. Veronica Kavass is hosting a “collaboratively curated and executed installation by Indiana University Sculpture BFA students and their professor, Mike Calway-Fagen” at The Packing Plant. There’s also a cool sound art show at Track One featuring Southern Illinois University alums, a new media noise show at Seed Space, an outsider art show at Infinity Cat, and new shows at David Lusk, ZeitgeistJulia Martin GalleryMerritt MansionGround Floor Gallery, and Fort Houston. This is sure to be one of the best crawls of the year!


If you want to catch all WeHo has to offer, be sure to download and print this handy crawl map.

Finish your night right with the electronic dance party Beyond Pleasuredome at The East Room, featuring genres like Italo disco, synthpop, coldwave, electro-hop and more. Starts at 9 p.m. No cover before 10 p.m.


Feb 272014

Travis Janssen’s “Conversion/Convergence” coming to Seed Space

The March 1st Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston is an art crawl you can’t miss. The David Lusk Gallery adjacent to Zeitgeist is opening to the public for the first time. Seed Space is exhibiting a killer show featuring Travis Janssen’s multi-media installation “Conversion/Convergence,” an ingenious projection through a box fan. Nearly all the WeHo galleries have new exhibits, including Ovvio Arte, Zeitgeist444 Humphreys, Julia Martin Gallery and Ground Floor Gallery.

I helped put together two shows at the Track One warehouse that I’m incredibly excited about. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., Nashville experimental/electronic artist Carl Oliver will stand in the center of the huge Track One warehouse and perform a longform modular synth improvisation. Because it’s modular, he’ll be rerouting patch cables on the fly. It’s going to be especially cool after the sun goes down. Imagine walking into the warehouse to find a distant figure lit by a single lamp. Walk around the giant room and explore its natural reverb as the music interacts with the space. Check back throughout the night to hear how the improv evolves. Learn more about the Track One events at the Facebook event page.

A little after 9p.m., the space will transform into a giant multimedia experience for the glitch art showcase LightJazz. Morgan Higby-Flowers is curating a show featuring Watkins visiting artists Nick Briz and Jon Satrom and several Nashville new media artists. The event is a part of Higby-Flowers’ RipZipRarLANd, four day event featuring Briz and Satrom. RipZipRarLANd starts with a NO MEDIA show at Noa Noa and ends with a Watkins gallery opening. Learn more at the RipZipRarLANd Facebook event page.


Here’s the full Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston scheduled pulled from the Facebook event page:

Join us for the March 1st edition of Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston, featuring the public unveiling of the David Lusk Gallery!

Open 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Times vary by gallery.)

Featuring the galleries and businesses:

David Lusk Gallery, Fort Houston, 444 Humphreys, Ground Floor, Infinity Cat Recordings, Julia Martin Gallery, Ovvio Arte, Seed Space, Track One, Zeitgeist Gallery

Here’s what’s happening this month:


David Lusk Gallery
516 Hagan Street

5:30 to 9 p.m., Grand Opening!

Art dealer David Lusk, who established his Memphis gallery in 1995, is opening a new 2,500-square-foot gallery in Nashville on March 1 beside Zeitgeist Gallery. The opening exhibition will feature mixed-media works by 23 artists, including 13 from Tennessee, among them Maysey Craddock, Kit Reuther, Mary Addison Hackett, William Eggleston, and the estate of Ted Faiers.


444 Humphreys Popup Gallery
444 Humphreys Street (Outside)

6 – 11 p.m., works by Allie Kuzyk & Kevin Guthrie

Allie Kuzyk’s works rely on systems and visual hierarchies to present her playful illustrations rooted in pop culture headlines. Her multimedia installations are both light hearted and challenging and reinterpret the idea of boring old infographics.

Kevin Guthrie’s works immortalize personalities from popular culture, often the likes of forgotten athletes, blues musicians, or lesser known historical figures, drawn on the unprinted sides of torn beer cases.


Ground Floor Gallery
427 Chestnut Street (inside Chestnut Square)

5 to 8 p.m.

New works by Heidi Martin Kuster, Mandy Brown, Anne Daigh and a participatory piece by Janet Decker Yanez


Julia Martin Gallery
444 Humphreys Street (Inside)

6 to 9 p.m., Works by Megan Kimber

Julia Martin Gallery is proud to present the work of one of Birmingham’s finest, Megan Kimber. The spirit of her work is potent. Her execution, so delicate and graceful one can imagine the figures having blossomed from the very fibers of the surface upon which her brush applied them.


Ovvio Arte
425 Chestnut Street

6 to 9 p.m, photographic portrait series

Walk in to Ovvio on Saturday night and participate in Veta&Theo’s NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT SERIES. Bring your head, they’ll shoot it. Part of the Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston First Saturday crawl. Have no fear – it’s just a camera.


Seed Space
1209 4th Ave South (Inside Track One)

2 to 4 p.m, Rachel Reese workshop, $25

Join Seed Space for the next Professional Development Workshop, The Voice of Criticism in Contemporary Art, with Possible Press founder Rachel Reese.

7 -to 9 p.m., Matt Gilbert’s “Font Flowers” and Travis Janssen’s “Conversion/Convergence”, free

Matt Gilbert’s “Font Flowers” are a series of prints which examine typography design.

Travis Janssen’s multi-media installation “Conversion/Convergence” consists of a series of prints and a projection filtered through an altered box fan, creating a hypnotic pinwill image of rainbow colors on a wall.


Track One
1209 4th Ave South

5:30 to 9 p.m., Live in the Track One warehouse: Carl Oliver Synthesis, free

Carl Oliver performs a longform modular synthesizer improvisation in the Track One warehouse. Walk around the giant room and explore its natural reverb as the music interacts with the space.

9 p.m, Live in the Track One warehouse: LightJazz, free

Watkins visiting artists Nick Briz and Jon Satrom and Watkins professor Morgan Higby-Flowers are throwing a massive glitch art experience in the Track One warehouse. The show will explore digital culture, hacking, remix culture, and experimental new media.


Zeitgeist Gallery
516 Hagan Street

5:30 to 9 p.m., Two new shows open at Zeitgeist

Trace Element by Lars Strandh (Paintings)
Harmony of the Spheres by Kevin Cooley and Philip Andrew Lewis (Mixed media – vinyl, audio, video, photography)

I can’t resist posting a few more of Carl’s modular synth experiments. Check out his YouTube channel for more.