Crawl space: April 2022 | visual art

Nashville has enjoyed a winter arts calendar filled with highlights. But now it’s officially spring – arguably the busiest arts season of the year – and events on the first Saturday in April are packed with colorful offerings.






Vivienne Flescher


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For April, The spirit of the times returns to its more regular group exhibition programming after hosting Vadis Turner’s epic multimedia exhibition Window treatments for the past two months. This three-artist exhibition showcases a wide range of work, making it the most satisfying exhibition of the month. Vivienne FlescherPaintings on canvas and paper feature a layered abstract style that manages to evoke landscapes and even the occasional figure in colorful, contemplative compositions at modest scales that encourage intimate viewing. Sc roomhumanistMultimedia panels combine photographic images and stenciled text to create intuitive compositions that often explore and illuminate historical events, geographic phenomena, and spiritual systems. Matt Schumaker is a composer who uses algorithms with his melodies and renders 3D digital forms of his music. The model-like forms are geometric abstractions reminiscent of the painting and sculpture of early modernism. I love intermedia art practices that simply ignore imaginary boundaries between creative spaces, and Matt Schumaker’s art simultaneously encompasses avant-garde music, computing and the contemporary art gallery sphere.

Over the past two years, we’ve all looked for distractions to fill dead time at home or just to distract ourselves from the collective bad news from around the world. Kelly S. Williams‘ new exhibition Derivation takes a closer look at the things we do to distract ourselves from worries while living in a time when worries persist and multiply. In the process, the painter nods to trompe l’oeil traditions to investigate the different kinds of deception and misdirection that characterized those days that many of us might rather forget. David Lusk Gallery will hold an open house for the show on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Now that it’s officially spring, I expect Nashville Free Poetry Libraryit’s Display and sell outdoor Maker’s Bazaar to really take off. Founder of the FNPL and Show & Sell leader Matt Johnson and his group of handymen did a great job negotiating a harsh winter to provide plenty of outdoor offerings even during the most trying days of the Omicron wave. The Saturday outdoor market will include Hey! young writer, Alee Anderson‘s quarterly zine and online community dedicated to mentoring beginning scribes. And keep your eyes peeled for Soph GiampaoloSculptural wall hangings, shadow boxes and one-of-a-kind custom bins to carry all your artwork home.







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“Chinese Cheese”, Kevin Guthrie


Kevin Guthrie describes himself as the “Ken Burns of courtroom sketchers”, and his paintings on salvaged cardboard beer cans have attracted national press attention from overseas artists and have been placed in a number of collections of private art in the South. Guthrie’s exhibits focus on historical narratives — his Bike thieves the exhibition at the Julia Martin Gallery in 2016 included portraits of all the professional fighters who have faced Muhammad Ali in the ring, and his June 13, 1972 the exhibit in the space linked contemporary sports and pop culture to the Watergate scandal. Guthrie’s latest series began as an investigation of the Lewis County, Tennessee, common The Farm before expanding into an epic exploration of fermentation and immigration that describes A history of tofu in America. We take once-exotic “health food” ingredients like tofu for granted these days, and nearly every health food store and weird co-op of the 1980s and 1990s was eventually swallowed up by Whole Foods. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that ingredients like tofu and carob began to migrate from the kitchens of the long-haired back-to-the-land guys who founded The Farm in 1971 to become staples on some American tables. traditional. Guthrie’s riveting narrative encompasses a cornucopia of colorful characters and cultural collisions to tell the story of the evolution of vegetarianism in the United States on his signature cardboard panels covered in pencil, crayon, gouache and paint. ‘acrylic. The gallery will hold an opening reception for the exhibition on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. and promises a special musical performance on the porch at 7 p.m.

Rockwall Galleryit’s Ryan Rado hosted the latest version of its Low eyebrow art series, which features paintings and drawings from a wide roster of the Nashville tattoo community. Stop by the Houston Station space and see what nearly 20 artists, including Adam “the kid” Wakitsch, Mia Graffam, Courtney O’Shea, Daniel Hughes and more create when they don’t respond to customer commissions. Stop by and pick up an awesome drawing or sick painting, and support local ink artists even if you don’t want to put your own skin in the game. The show opens at 6 p.m. Saturday night.

East of Nashville

before the artist Georganna Greene left Nashville to pursue an MFA at Boston University, she established herself as a unique and valued voice among the city’s strong and wide roster of abstract painters. Greene returned home to Nashville amid the pandemic in 2021, and her new exposure to Red Arrow Gallery depicts his final days in Boston and his return to Tennessee. Greene’s new works still read primarily as abstract landscapes, but they feature a more confident hand and a narrower conceptual orientation. And the multimedia paintings in Limbic slang look more like a coherent whole than a simple exhibition of recent works. Don’t miss the opening of this show at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Around the city

Crawlers who can’t wait to get their feet moving should check it out Cameron L.Mitchell and Saran Thompsonit’s Branches of PoeTree, created in partnership with the Nashville Public Library and funded by a Metro Arts THRIVE Award. The couple held community poetry workshops that resulted in verses that were incorporated into visual displays at the library. Main, East, Hadley Park and Edgehill branches. Crawlers can follow the poem between branches in any order they choose while interacting with the project via QR codes. The first 50 participants to complete the circuit will receive a special gift. Branches of PoeTree opens on Saturdays and runs throughout April, National Poetry Month.