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Thanks to everyone who came out for our 5th Annual Juried Exhibition and gallery talk with Austin Thomas, and congratulations to Gil Given, who received “Best of Show!” If you missed it, stop by to check out Otherworldliness during our open hours Tuesdays 5-8pm and Thursdays 5-8pm.

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Our 5th Annul Juried Show opens this Saturday, April 1st from 6-9pm. Join us for a gallery talk with curator, Austin Thomas, and meet with the artists in attendance.

Congrats to those chosen for Otherworldliness: Frances Ashforth, Brianna Bass, Robert Fields, Gil Given, Carl Gombert, Kathia St. Hilaire, Amanda Joy Brown, Elysia Mann, Dusty Mitchell, Andrew O’Brien, Katherine Wagner, Mariel Zuchman.

“Otherworldliness” – Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

March 27 – April 28, 2017, curated by Austin Thomas

Curatorial Statement

This exhibition presents examples of many typologies with an emphasis on artists from Nashville, other parts of Tennessee and elsewhere with photography, painting, printmaking and sculpture.  I have chosen painterly work with a focus on what I believe represents a feeling of otherworldliness.  There is a painterly vibe in the exhibition.  Some of the works are almost divine.  And the overall choices are not devoid of political content.

Whether painterly or politically-titled, as in Robert Fields’ piece (“Let it be an arms race.” — Donald Trump), all of the participating artists are present in the timeless inner territory that is of the artist where one attempts to build upon understanding and knowledge to expand meaning.

Frances Ashforth affirms our desire for an inner landscape as she teaches us through her monotypes about water and its importance in our lives.  Ashforth’s work, represented in this exhibition with a unique water-based monotype titled “Playa 7,” is bathed in blue, revealing to us the spirit of nature itself.  Nature is powerful and we are its student.

As students, we take notes and have homework. Mariel Zuchman’s watercolor and pastel artwork is a lesson in the transformative power of thinking and making visual thoughts on paper. Zuchman may make art to visually understand her thoughts.

Small ideas render deeper meaning in Carl Gombert’s kaleidoscopic rubber-stamped drawings.  His themes, motifs and symbols are set to repeat and his images reveal patterns with each color and stamp change.

Using one color and repurposing one material, black rubber, Dusty Mitchell’s piece cleverly hit the mark with our #MakeAmericaArtAgain call. His work serves as an awesome entrance into our “otherworld” as he has literally put out a welcome mat cut in the shape of the United States, but please don’t wipe your feet on your way in.

Gil Given’s three dimensional “sculptural painting” may challenge preconceived notions of traditional painting on canvas because his work of rainbow-colored acrylic paint on wood and canvas may propel itself off the wall, play a tune and dance out the room!  Gil Given is an artist marching to his own drummer, as they say.

More quiet is Elysia Mann’s hand-printed rope ladder “Anteroom” which seems to hang over a wall intended to keep someone in rather than carry someone out to safety.  Mann is also a poet and weaver unifying word and image together not unlike the centuries old Arabic practice of weaving the Koran into poems, called Iqtibas.

Kathia St. Hilaire’s relief print “Style,” weaves together a connectedness of personal history with communal memory into a powerful narrative reaffirming her rich present.

Andrew O’Brien’s untitled photograph from his curtain wall series reveals the appealing apparent transparency of glass.  In O’Brien’s photograph the outside world seems so far away.  His image is one of isolation.  But we are not concerned for in this exhibition, organized around the theme of otherworldliness, we have some exuberant painting ¾ represented in the works of Brianna Bass, Amanda Brown and Katherine Wagner.  This is a diversified collection of work demonstrating the mental labors of the discipline.

Brianna Bass’s painting “Hot Water” is so filled with different patterning that it feels like it is expanding and contracting at the same time.  The colors Bass uses revive and restore the transformative power of art itself.

A similar feeling is garnered from Katherine Wagner’s painting which begins with patterned fabric that the artist then paints into therefore accentuating its pattern or creating a whole new experience.

The artist and the observer (sometimes one and the same) encounter each other at Ground Floor Gallery.  Amanda Joy Brown, who has a studio near the exhibition space, has organized additional work in her studio leading us to the heart of this story in the central gallery where she is represented by her painting “Blueberry Snow” (a comforting title). The main story being; there is power in the individual voice of the artist where inner worlds strengthen the outer world and offer us not only hope but truth.

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An Online Gallery!

Check out our new page featuring all work that was submitted for our 5th Annual Juried Exhibition. This show opens April 1st during Arts & Music @ Wedgwood/Houston Art Crawl. See you soon!

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Deadline Tonight

I Am The First & I Am The Last

I Am The First & I Am The Last-by Leslie Tucker

Thanks to all of the amazing artists that have applied so far! This is sure to be a stellar show! If you haven’t yet submitted your images there’s still time, but get them in by midnight tonight. Austin Thomas will be choosing those for the gallery show soon after, so we can notify everyone asap. We’ll be working to get all artists on our newly created gallery page as well. So excited to see what we all-together create!! #MakeAmericaArtAgain #Eyeminded

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5th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Submit your finest, and let our Juror, Austin Thomas, choose the best. All artists will receive at least one image on our gallery page linked to their website or contact info.

There’s still time as Deadline to apply is February 28th. Notification for inclusion in gallery show in early March. Work needs to be delivered by the 20th of March, ready to hang. Exhibition opens April 1st during Arts & Music @ Wedgwood/Houston. “Best of Show” receives solo show.



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Sayonara 2016: A Year in Review

In 2016, Ground Floor Gallery + Studios was host to 18 different artists. The Gallery witnessed a particularly political group of shows, but didn’t we all? Looking back at our year at Ground Floor, the turmoil of 2016 can be read almost like a timeline.

r-candy-mountainmedium_large-1456253467Amanda Joy Brown explored the relationship between paint and textiles in her exhibition Resurface. She showed a body of work that included paint skins that were folded and weaved in the way one may work with fabric.

unnamed-2The Gallery’s floors and wall were transformed into interactive surfaces in Danielle McCleave’s The Touch Room. The artist’s multiple installations encouraged the audience to interact with the art as well as each other in an intimate way. A desire to reconnect was met.

No Shame in Wanting-largeHow to Love Living Things was a gorgeous show put together by artist Meg Stein from North Carolina. Her soft sculptures explore political and social ideas of domestic life, particularly “women’s work.” The titles of the work originating from poetry added another complication to the issues Stein addressed.

jovanniJovanni Luna brought paint skins back to the gallery walls in his exhibition Universal Spaces. His show featured rolls of paint skins meticulously gathered on shelves within a stretcher. Luna invited to explore the possibilities of what a painting can be.

Hargrave--Donald TrumpIn History Repeats Itself, Katie Hargrave directly pointed to our dystopian election year. She showcased a giant game of Jenga, videos of Democratic debates being balanced on balloons, and highlighted Republican speeches.

aggregateWe opened our studios for a group show, Aggregate, in October. Featured artists included: Anna Merrill, Bobby Becker, Carrie Jobe, Cassie Harner, Devin Goebel, Dez Hough, Georganna Greene, Janet Decker Yanez, Jovanni Luna, Mandy Brown, Meg McGregor, Mihail Tomescu, and Sibley Barlow.

14808074_10155462311809199_439175131_oJason Stout’s Thrown From the Storm added one final punch to our particularly political year with his complex paintings. His images explored the overwhelming noise of social issues being dished out by the media.

2016 has left everyone, including the art world with plenty to say and much to ruminate on. Here’s to the New Year and a new group of artists showing in Nashville! In the meantime, check out some of our major upcoming shows:

Art of the South 2017

Les Femme Folles curated by Sally Duskins

5th Annual Juried Art Exhibition (submit here!)

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Show and Tell

First up, join us for the artist’s reception for THROWN FROM THE STORM, by Jason Stout, this Saturday Nov. 5th, from 7-10pm. Be sure to also see all the gallery openings that night during our neighborhood’s art crawl, Arts and Music at Wedgwood Houston.

Next, Ground Floor Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce the curator for our 5th Annual Juried Art Exhibition will be NYC artist, Austin Thomas. Please see below for her bio and watch for our upcoming Artist Call. #MakeAmericaArtAgain #Eyeminded

Austin Thomas is a New York City artist, curator and community builder.  Her work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center, Murray Guy, The Sculpture Center, Art in General and at White columns (all in NYC) and internationally in Singapore, Australia, and Hungary and at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna.   From 2007 to 2014, she directed the influential Pocket Utopia gallery, she now is director of special projects at Steven Harvey Fine Art.
She is a graduate of NYU and is represented by Undercurrent Projects located in the East Village.  In the Summer of 2016 her permanent public sculpture, Plaza Perch, for a new park in Brooklyn was unveiled.  She has also done public commissions for the Public Art Fund and Grinnell College. Thomas’s work is featured in the book titled “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists” and will also be featured in that book’s sequel “The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” which were both edited by Sharon Louden.

Lastly, Ground Floor Gallery currently has studios available, please contact for pricing, availability and to schedule a showing. Our studios offers 24/7 access, a supportive artist community and space to experiment.

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