Crawl space: November 2022 | visual art


“Present,” Alex McClurg


Wedgewood-Houston’s First Saturday events have been much quieter since Infinity Cat Recordings moved out of its headquarters at 467 Humphreys St. several years ago. We can always count on a local band playing on the porch of the Julia Martin Gallery at opening receptions, and WXNA DJs help keep The Packing Plant stage going, but we’d love to hear more music – weird, sexy , sacred, raw and wild music – at the heart of Nashville’s contemporary art scene.

Obviously, wanting to hear more different music in Nashville isn’t the biggest ask in the world, and the Chestnut Street Concert Series already widens the sound options in the crawl. The series began in October, and the November concert is free for all ages and includes the funky synth country of The Gentlemen of Kentucky and the cinematic soul beats of the instrumental duo Mount Worcester. The show opens at 8:15 p.m. Saturday with the propulsive pop of indie truly Twen. The title track from Twen’s latest release, One Stop Shop (for a Fading Revolution), pits arrangements of spilled wine against loud guitars to raise a glass to the apocalypse. The Chestnut Street Concert Series takes place at the bandstand in The outfieldwhich incorporates into its design the iconic guitar-shaped scoreboard of Greer Stadium – the former home of the Nashville Sounds.

KT Hamlin opens Reused at Open gallery Saturday evening. Hamlin is a recent Lipscomb graduate, and this clearly titled eco-conscious fashion exhibit features feminine skirts and dresses made from second-hand and upcycled materials such as grocery bags, curtains and denim scraps. . The opening reception is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Senza Nome means “nameless” in Italian, and this new exhibition at modfellowsThe Wedgewood-Houston outpost offers a kind of Dogma 95-esque manifesto that interrogates the decision-making processes of collectors, as well as the often overlooked rituals of the art market. Senza Nome is a collective exhibition circumscribed by a trio of rules that bind the creative processes of the different artists, while unifying them in a solidarity of the market: Each work is based on the 12 x 12 x 1.5 inch wooden panels gallery arrangement of artists; all works will be hung anonymously respecting the title of the exhibition; and – here’s the kicker – each work will be sold at the same price. I’m not averse to a bit of gallery play when the rules are as provocative and irreverent as these. The Danish filmmakers who created the rules for the movie Dogma 95 (the “vows of chastity”) demanded that the directors be uncredited and, hopefully, Senza Nome will result in panels as inspired as Celebration, or as poetic as Julien the donkey-boy. The opening reception is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Nashville-based artist Elise Drake refers to his latest creations as “textual works in bas-relief”. The utilitarian phrase evokes stuffy images of architecture textbooks and YouTube rabbit holes of art history documentaries. Utterbox open to Julia Martin Gallery on Saturday nights, but instead of a dusty, ancient display of Egyptian hieroglyphs or a medieval Latin stone sermon, Drake’s new series undoubtedly debuts contemporary works that use tinted resins and plasters. to create modern messages in candy palettes. This display conveys poetic messages like, “I create memories with you in my dreams. I wake up to remember that you are a ghost. But what stands out loud and clear is the sensual overload of Drake’s textual forms and colors, deliciously suspended between painting and sculpture. The opening reception is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Cooperative retrograde for the rest of the year after a memorable run in 2022 in a new, expanded gallery space. Instead of scheduling gallery shows in November and December, Coop aims to be your first stop when shopping for artistic, creative, and unique gifts this holiday season. That of the gallery Vacation Cooperative the artists’ markets will take place every Saturday in November from noon to 8 p.m. When Coop moved to its much larger and more expensive gallery space at The Packing Plant this year, it was followed by a very successful push to add a whole new rash of artists to their membership roster. This indoor bazaar will be a great way to learn about new artists at Coop, while offering holiday shoppers the opportunity to treat friends and family to works by their favorite local designers.


The Navigation Room Gallery of the Town Center Presbyterian Church continues to give galleries a reason to crawl downtown, despite the thinning of the Fifth Avenue gallery scene following the closure of the Rymer Gallery – not to mention the ongoing purchase and renovation of The Arcade . This Saturday evening, the gallery proves that it is totally shaken from the lingering boredom of its pandemic closure with a deft exhibition of formalist painting. Painter based in Birmingham, Alabama Alex McClurgit is Present is a series of works in acrylic and spray paint on canvas. Local gallerygoers may recall McClurg’s name and work from group shows at the Red Arrow Gallery in 2019. McClurg’s interlocking geometric patterns are applied in layers reminiscent of digital image processing or older graphic and printing techniques. The results are precision painted patterns full of retro vibes – geometric abstracts that read like circuit board landscapes or early concept art from tron. This exhibition of medium to small canvases is a perfect fit for The Browsing Room, and it’s probably the best painting exhibition to open on Saturday night. Here’s hoping we see more work from McClurg in Nashville.


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