With a new year, comes a new round of shows, starting with Resurface by Amanda Joy Brown, opening tonight, February 6th from 6-9pm. Please join us during the artist’s reception! Mandy has been developing this new series in her studio here at Ground Floor for 3+ years and it’s absolutely amazing to see the breadth she’s created with her paint skins.

Looking back, Ground Floor Gallery + Studios wants to thank everyone who has participated in and supported our gallery and studio collective. 2015 was a stellar year, it brought new studio artists, new interns, and some truly fantastic shows by very talented artists. Bobby Becker, Jovanni Luna, Kanchan Richardson, and Celeste Jones all joined the Ground Floor Family, but we had to also say good-bye to Heidi Martin Kuster, Marion Cox, and Evelyn Walker who played important roles while with us.

In review of our 2015 shows:

Andee Rudolf and our participatory mural

Evelyn Walker curated Dispatches from the Borderlands with works by Jeremy Entwistle and Barbara Schreiberwebsite

System Politics by Morgan Higby Flowers 

Taking Things Apart by David Willburn

Desiré HoughRotting Piñata

Bricolage: A Gallery Presentation of GfG’s Artists and Open Studios

Shana Kohnstamm curated Touched.

4th annual juried show, Mark, curated by Adrienne Outlaw, included

Rounding out the year with Exurban a large scale installation by Jason Sheridan Brown and Leticia Bajuyo.

Stay tuned…more solo, small group and juried exhibitions coming in 2016!

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Join us February 6th

between 6-9pm

for Resurface 

and the

artist reception

for Amanda Joy Brown

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Please welcome Kanchan Richardson to the Ground Floor family!

See her artist page here.

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Morgan Higby-Flowers @ TSA Project in Miami


Visit after Bacarach at the Ocean Terrace Hotel in Miami this week and see one of Ground Floor’s studio artists, Morgan Higby-Flowers. He along with Virginia Griswold, Arial Lavery and Paul Collins, from Nashville’s Coop  are a part of Tiger Strike Astroid‘s “Artist-Run.” Their installation takes place in a stripped down hotel room that they remade to look like a hotel room again–a perfect palate where couples’ artwork intersects.

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Exurban Opens Dec. 5th 6-9pm

This week at Ground Floor Gallery, in cooperation, Leticia Bajuyo and Jason S. Brown will create new work from the mainstream cycle of capitalist consumerism to hybrids of landscapes that are impacted and altered by industrial processes. Together their work will combine bright industrial colors with raw earth materials. Installing the work will be a response to the space at GfG, while simultaneously advancing a shared dialogue about suburban development, land use and consumerism. Visit with us on Saturday Dec. 5th, between 6-9pm, to contribute to their conversation. Runs through January and we are open most Fridays from 4-7pm or by appointment.

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Open Studios Potluck, “Best of Show” named, and Exurban Opens

Thanks to all who came to see Mark! Join us again this Saturday, Nov. 21st, between 3-5pm for an Open Studios Potluck and visit with GfG artists in their natural habitat. Mark artist, Mandy Cano Villalobos, will be back to finish pulverizing her brick.
Also, please help us congratulate “Best in Show,” Katie Hargrave and look for her upcoming solo exhibition in 2016.
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Exurban, by Leticia Bajuyo and Jason S. Brown, is a cooperative, site-specific installation and ongoing conversation between them about consumerism, land use and suburban development. Exurban opens with an artists’ reception December 5th from 6-9pm.
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Mark opens Saturday, Nov. 7th, 6-9pm

Turing Test

Turing Test, detail, Anders Johnson

Mark is an exhibit of eleven works by nine local and national artists, is like taking a road trip through the physical and psychological landscape of the United States. A branded pig, the American flag, audio books, paintings and photographs experienced along the way display a deep concern for the vulnerable.

During the opening, 6-9pm, Saturday Nov. 7th, Mandy Cano Villalobos meditatively hand-grinds a red brick into dust, the pile of which she leaves for future visitors. The pig is also hers. Marked with designs appropriated from the Cuzco school, which for purposes of religious conversion in the 16th century, taught indigenous people along the Andes European painting techniques, the pig represents both the sacred and the filthy.

Physical and emotional degradation marks Jenny Day’s haunting landscape of empty, dark interstate bridges both cut and supported by thick bands of ochre. Red, rather than green serves as the ground. Day’s color choice shares a palette both with that of the Cuzco school and with fellow Mark artist John Bruno. The three stacked yellow circles in his painting, Disheartening Loss Means War, reads like a cautionary traffic light, warning of potential danger ahead. A piece by photographer and experimental psychologist David Pittenger continues the theme. In Reno Two PM, thick shadows playing across a sea of empty apartment balconies form a complex grid and turn the building into a cage.

Based on a road trip across America, the novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac is considered a defining work of the postwar generation. Katie Hargrave made five customized versions by recording only the underlined sections she found in various copies of the book. Anders Johnson’s painting adds to the driving experience. Housed in a factory, a police cruiser and a wrecked car sit just past the dashboard of an empty automobile.

Flags comprise a quarter of the show-more perhaps if you read the red and white lines in Bruno’s painting as a political symbol. Laura McAdams bowling ball anchoring a flag balloon symbolizes both holding up and holding back progress. Katie Hargrave joined — or divided — an American and Mexican flag with the snaking line of the Rio Grande. She took the photo in Texas. A flag also juts out over the balcony and points to a clock in a black and white photograph by Jesse Kilmon.

Should one need a respite at any point, Beth Reitmeyer invites participants to sit and snack! Reitmeyer, best known in Nashville for her interactive work and thoughtful presence in the arts scene, thankfully creates a soft space in the form of rock shaped pillows. She hopes her work will provide an area not only for contemplation, but also for conversation. Perhaps even action.

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