2018 Juried Show–Rhythm and Rush–Open Call!

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Moon Water, C. Haggarty, 16″ x 20″, Oil and Fluid Acrylic on Canvas, 2018

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Calling all artists, please submit your work to Ground Floor Gallery + Studios’ 6th Annual Juried Art Exhibition–Rhythm and Rush. We will be honored to have those submissions juried by Catherine Haggarty. As always, selected works will be chosen for the gallery show and a ‘Best of Show’ artist chosen from those will receive a solo exhibition. New this year, at least one image of ALL artists that submit will be included in a bound photo book Ground Floor presents to Haggarty as a gift.

–  Rhythm and Rush seeks to find work that provokes movement, atmosphere, and speed in both conceptual and formal ways within all media. The ways in which the picture frame is questioned, expanded or uniquely considered while being provocative, contemporary and personal are elements of this show concept. The juror, Catherine Haggarty is curious about the ways in which the speed of image consumption, and image promotion affects artists today – or the ways in which it does not affect them. Rhythm and Rush is an open consideration to the lens in which we all are living and working in. Slow, fast, static, haptic, and rhythmic can be presented in many ways – we are seeking works that touch on these ideas in very specific, sensitive and strong ways.

Final submission deadline is July 15th, 2018. Rhythm and Rush will run from September 1st-October 20th, 2018. Notification for inclusion in gallery show August 1st. Work needs to be delivered by August 15th, ready to hang.

Catherine Haggarty, b. 1984, is an artist, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Haggarty earned her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011 and is currently the co-director of Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, New York.

Haggarty’s paintings & curatorial work has been reviewed & featured in Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Brooklyn Magazine, The New York Times, Maake Magazine, Art Maze Magazine, The Black and White Project (UK), Sound and Vision Podcast and Young Space.

Exhibiting nationally and internationally for a decade, select shows include: Leftfield Slo & Hashimoto Contemporary (CA), The Provincial (MI), Tripp Gallery (London), N2N Gallery (NYC), Bridge Productions (Seattle, WA), CGK Gallery (Copenhagen), Art on Paper Fair (Armory Week), Projet Pangee (Montreal), Paper Paris (France), Geoffrey Young Gallery (MA) and Design Sublime (Miami, FLA).

Solo shows include This Friday Next Friday (NYC), One River School of Art and Design, Proto Gallery (NJ) and Look e Listen in Marseille France.

Teaching experience includes but is not limited to Rutgers University, Abrons Art Center, Princeton Day School, Philadelphia Mural Arts and One River School of Art and Design.

In 2018 Haggarty was a lecturer at Penn State in their Anderson Lecture Series and in 2016 was the juror of The Boston Young Contemporaries New England MFA Exhibition at Boston University and she has been a guest critic at Nars Foundation, Residency Unlimited, The Wassaic Project, Abrons Center for the Arts and Trestle Projects in New York City.

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Select Podcast & Interviews:
Sound and Vision Podcast
Gorky’s Granddaughter
The Conversation Project
YoungSpace

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R&R Opens TONIGHT

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Jazz - MJQ view 1 by Gil Given Acrylic ~ 7' x 14

“Jazz MJQ”

RODS & RIBBONS
Solo exhibition featuring the work of Gil Given

Opens TONIGHT October 7th 6-9pm with artist reception

Ground Floor Gallery is pleased to present RODS & RIBBONS, a solo exhibition awarded to Nashville Artist, Gil Given, after being selected from our 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Otherworldliness, as “Best in Show” by Austin Thomas, a NYC-based artist and community builder.

His most recent work, the ribbon paintings, leave the two-dimensional scope of the canvas and incorporate sculptural elements.

 

Rods and Ribbons coming soon…

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Jazz - MJQ view 1 by Gil Given Acrylic ~ 7' x 14

“Jazz MJQ”

Rods and Ribbons
Solo exhibition featuring the work of Gil Given

Opens October 7th 6-9pm with artist reception

Ground Floor Gallery is pleased to present Rods and Ribbons, a solo exhibition awarded to Nashville Artist Gil Given after being selected as “Best in Show” by Austin Thomas, a NYC-based artist and community builder.

His most recent work, the ribbon paintings, leave the two-dimensional scope of the canvas and incorporate sculptural elements.

October 2017

BARED opens Tonight

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“Lee’s Lace,” egg tempera on panel, 24″x18″, 2016 by Susan Jamison

“Who am I?” Bronze and etched mirror, 11x6x6, 2014 by Belgin Yucelen

Come see these lovely ladies, and many more TONIGHT between 6-9pm.

BARED based on the anthology, Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2015 curated and edited by Sally Deskins, explores the gendered narratives that clothe and fashion the body as well as gender subversion and the traditional male gaze and will feature the following artists:

Kathy Crabbe, Courtney Kenny Porto, Libby Rowe, Chuka Susan Chesney, Stacy Howe, Teresa Dunn, Cathy Sarkowsky, Bonnie Gloris, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Susan Jamison, Susan DetroyEvelyn Katz, Belgin Yucelen, Suzanne Proulx, Lauren Rinaldi, Amy Cerra

 

No. Inc. presents Art of the South 2017

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“d’evils (these MFs)” Lester Merriweather

 

X no.5 (Honey Bees, Honey & Salt) Brent Dedas

 

We are pleased to be hosting our region’s annual Art of the South, presented by NUMBER: Inc., a quarterly visual arts journal hailing from Memphis with coverage throughout AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, TN, TX, SC, VA, or WV.

Join us Saturday, June 3rd, 6-9pm for a show that appears to be a cross-section of the contemporary rippling of art scenes across the southern region.

This show was curated by Mark Scala, Chief Curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Scala received an MA in in art history and MFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Having spent the better part of his life painting, Mark is himself an artist. His interests and exhibitions have focused on representations of the body in contemporary art.

There are 28 artists displaying at Ground Floor Gallery + Studios and the L Ross Gallery in Memphis simultaneously.

Artists showing at GfG include:

Amelia Briggs, a painter who has recently been working on bulbous “inflatable” appearing surfaces. Amelia has definite interests in children’s imagery and expression.

Brent Dedas, works in mixed media and recalls the intensity of abstract expressionists. His work explores dichotomies such as science and art, or destruction and creation.

Donald Furst, a printmaker who depicts architectural scenes at night. Many of his compositions focus on interiors that include an opening door.

Jaime Johnson, a photographer currently teaching at Ole Miss. Using cyanotype photography, she explores female identity.

John Jackson, a figural painter drawing from the neo-expressionists. His paintings center around our current relationship with technology. The work represented in this show differs greatly from this and marks his way into abstraction.

Joseph Holsapple, an artist who makes still life paintings of domestic items. He fills his images with childhood objects and leaves bits of the image unfinished, evoking the nature of memory.

Katherine Wagner, a pattern-based painter who takes cues from the loud patterned fashion of the 80’s. Much of her work is based on personal childhood experiences with visual pattern.

Lauren Yandell, an artist who works in graphite, collage, and installation while finding a balance between nature and geometry. She marries realism with the raw quality of drawing.

Lester Merriweather, an artist and curator that works in collage. Lester focuses his attention on racial relationships, capitalism, consumerism, and the myriad of ways these things intersect.

Michael Nichols, creates unearthly portraits using buon fresco, air brush, and silverpoint. His curiosity in introducing old and ancient mediums to contemporary art is reflected in the ghostly images he creates.

Victoria Tinsley, works in both sculpture and painting, creates surreal figures that morph into and out of each other.

Virgil (Cayse) Cheatham, a graduate of Yale University who currently lives in Atlanta, GA. He divides his time between creating erie landscaped-based paintings and working at the Zuckerman Museum.

If you can’t make it to the opening night of Art of the South, stop by during our regular gallery hours to check it out! We will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, 5-8pm.

 

 

“Dad in the 90’s” in Review

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Katherine Wagner’s Dad in the 90’s (a painting in our Otherworldliness show), is a synthesis of past and present.  A piece of found material supplies a foundational structure, an armature for a meditation on past experiences.  Inspired by textile and its ability to conjure the past, through palette and pattern, Wagner searches for fabrics that connect with an aspect of familiar associations. Using the found rhythms and structures within the textile, Wagner composes her own rhythm, adding shapes, colors, and disruptions, stitching pieces together, creating a wholly new composition. This piece speaks to a memory of a pair of swim trunks owned by her father back in the day- a cause for embarrassment at the time.  This piece seems to connect with that memory in a way that is more emboldened, an act of looking back on this aesthetic decision as a noteworthy moment in an inherited visual vocabulary.

by Amanda Joy Brown

Close/Open/Review

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Join us this Thursday night 5-8pm for a casual Closing Show/Open Studios where you can visit with art, artists and works in progress. Light snacks and yummy beverages provided.

In the meantime please see below for the review of Hot Water, an acrylic painting by Brianna Bass, written by another Otherworldliness artist, Katherine Wagner, and consider finding the perfect, small space for it in your home. This “world” reads big, but only measures 12” x 12” x 1.5″ and is really quite affordable. Hot WaterBrianna Bass’ painting Hot Water, on wood cradled panel, is visually guarded with strong vibrating colors that separate into different levels. Although the composition is cellular, seemly a place for your eyes to rest, you get bounced back outside of the cell to wander through the depths of a psychedelic, molecular world. This sensation of unrest relates to the title of the piece. Hot water can both burn and soothe bouncing between the two like the push and pull on the panel, bolstered through the use of pattern. The directional light, layered patterns, and color interplay all seem well thought out which leaves me wondering about the use of wood panel and how it relates to the rest of the work. Is it the pattern of the wood that allowed for the jump to exploring repetition in paint? Or maybe it is purely a support system for the piece. Either way, the piece is entrancingly busy and rich. Brianna Bass has created a world that I would hesitantly enter but gladly observe through the window she has provided.