I’m curating a show at Fluorescent Gallery in Knoxville, opening Friday March 31 at 6:00 p.m.
Work Friends II is the second iteration of a show put together in an empty storefront on Broadway in 2013 called “Work Friends“. The original show featured the paintings, sculptures, and photos of ten Knoxville artists along with an item chosen as a partner to their work; a “work friend”.
Each artist was asked to display something that has a relationship to their process or aesthetic. The resulting talismans, detritus, and practical tools expanded the work, and served as a link to the creative incubator that is the studio. For this show, six Knoxville artists (or those recently of Knoxville) have been asked to do the same.
Opens February 9 at the University Art Gallery,
104 Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh
Dirty Work is the third collaborative installation by artists Eleanor Aldrich and Barbara Weissberger. In it they continue to explore the tension between illusion and the actual; the dynamic relationship between material and image; and art production as work.
Curated by Ashley Layendecker
A exciting collection of female artist who use pattern and repetition in their artwork in some form of abstraction. Fifteen artists currently working in Knoxville and Nashville Tennessee, Texas, Alabama and New York.
627 N Central St
Knoxville, TN, 37917
OPENING: Friday the 3rd, 6-9:30 PM
Food and drink provided!
Joe Nolan recently reviewed my solo show at Channel to Channel in Nashville for the Atlanta-based art journal BURNAWAY:
Eleanor Aldrich’s new exhibition at Channel to Channel in Nashville is one of the boldest and most intense painting exhibitions I’ve seen this year. These are spectacularly gooey works that revel in their own painted surfaces. Aldrich’s figures are revealed in thick, frosting-like curves and striated textures that imply abstract limbs and torsos. The overall effect is less fleshy and more abstract than Lucian Freud, but the obscured faces here remind me of Francis Bacon’s sense of mute existential agony. There’s even a hooded figure here that recalls Philip Guston. But Aldrich’s work is also full of vibrant colors, light, and shiny surfaces—Aldrich mixes her oil paints with caulk. These qualities and techniques bring a plastic artificiality to these works that makes them feel thoroughly contemporary.
Been busy this week installing my latest show, Non-Prophet at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa.
The show is open today, September 8, through September 29. Also on view is Dennis Ritter’s Daily Objects: Index and Context.
An opening reception will be held September 8 from 4-6 pm.
Non-Prophet plays with the idea of the labor that happens in DIY or non-profit spaces, and its homonym—prophet—which implies the speaking of truth to power, and has a spiritual connection. My work grapples with truth through its use of the actual against illusion, and by presenting the complexity of fine art in relation to the politics of labor; as painting is both labor and leisure. My work is anti-prophetic in that it isn’t instructive; rather, it lays out the complexities of reality, power, and mystery in a way that is at times funny, revolting, and beautiful.
The artists of the Vacuum Shop Studios will be exhibiting their work August 22 – September 9 at the Bagwell Center Gallery on the Pellissippi State Community College main campus. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
A closing reception will be held on Friday, September 9, from 4 – 7 pm.
The Vacuum Shop Studios artists are:
Jessie Van der Laan
My work will be returning to the Wedgewood-Houston arts district in Nashville again, this time for a solo show at Channel to Channel, 427 Chestnut St Suite 302, Nashville, TN 37211.
The show will be up through September, and open for the first Saturday art crawls. The opening reception will be August 6 from 6-9pm with my artist talk starting at 8pm.
Channel To Channel is a contemporary art gallery and studio presenting bold, challenging work by local and regional artists. Based in Nashville’s growing Wedgewood-Houston arts district, Channel To Channel also provides a casual, comfortable space where artists can experiment and explore their creativity at monthly open-studio drawing sessions.
LOCATE Arts presents: mysterious flight of the peacock including the work of Mika Agari, Eleanor Aldrich, Devin Balara, Coriana Close, Jennifer Danos, Elysia Mann, Christopher Miner, Corkey Sinks, and Tad Lauritzen Wright. The impetus for Calway-Fagen’s selection process was the synchronicity of the artists work with a poem by contributing artist, Elysia Mann entitled anticipation.
Mike Calway-Fagen is an artist, writer, and curator. He received his BFA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and an MFA from the University of California in San Diego. In the past year Mike opened solo exhibitions at Ditch Projects in Oregon, Lipscomb University in Tennessee, and a two-person project at the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis. His recent curatorial projects include, Sounds Like, State Park and First Person in Indianapolis, IN, San Diego, CA and Nashville, TN respectively.
The show opens 6 pm, May 7 at Coop Gallery (507 Hagan Street) in Nashville.
In Hive and Double, Aldrich and Weissberger present an collaborative body of work about the installation or exhibition of large work that blurs the lines between production and product. Touching on the tension between the possibilities of the studio and the singularity of the installed work, their output is about artistic production and labor in post-industrial studios and DIY exhibition spaces . In addition to the physical labor involved in dealing with substances, there is a consideration of preserving space for mystery, the unexpected, and the phenomenological.
The opening reception is this upcoming Saturday, March 26, from 6 – 9 pm. Hope to see you there.