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.
The results are in! Join us November 7th from 6-9pm for the opening of our annual National Juried show during the Nashville art crawl. The title of this year’s show is Mark.
Thanks to everyone who submitted their work for consideration! We had a record breaking number of entries making the selection process, and development of a central theme, a very tough job for our juror. Our sincerest wishes for continued success for those not chosen for this show, it in no way questions the validity or excellence of your work but is rather due to space limitations and theme-related constraints.
Many thanks to Adrienne Outlaw, for picking work that shows “deep concern for the vulnerable and displaced.” She selected ten local and National artists that use “subject, light, line quality, precision, angst, and the desire to gather people” through audio installation, photographs, paintings, sculpture and performance to document their concerns. Congratulations to those artists listed below, we look forward to having you at Ground Floor!
Mark your calendars for November 7th, from 6-9pm for what is sure to be an indelible show!
Today is the last day to submit for GfG’s November Open Call, juried by Adrienne Outlaw. Don’t miss this opportunity to be included in a great lineup! Submit your work here:
Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes a new exhibit at GfG+S! “Touched: a soft sculpture exhibit” opens on October 3rd from 6-9pm and will run through the month of October. Be sure to make Ground Floor one of your stops on the October First Saturday Art Crawl in Nashville!
Visit us on Saturday, September 5th before the First Saturday Art Crawls from 4-6pm. Our gallery will be full of select pieces of our studio artists’ work.
Show runs thru September 26th.
Be sure to check out Anna’s studio to see what she’s pulled out of the kiln!
Ground Floor Gallery’s Studio Artist, Dez will soon install her solo exhibition: Rotting Piñata
Opens August 1st and runs thru the 29th
Artist’s reception from 6-10pm
Death by Birthday: A festive way to show the grim side
Desire’ Hough’s solo installation, Rotting Piñata, is a birthday party that was eagerly planned but never occurred for unspoken reasons, leaving the viewer with underlying notions of death. The piñata was never hit yet is falling apart, cake never cut but not at all appetizing, balloons at your feet deflating, and gifts left unopened. All combine to create a subtly haunting scene.