Recent works are on display in Nashville, Tennessee with my studio mate Heather Hartman‘s paintings. Our show, ‘Shadyville’ will be up through October 26 at Channel to Channel in the Wedgwood Houston arts district.
From our joint statement:
Shadyville is a place where atmosphere, light, and shadow obscure the landscape, and faces are always hidden. It is a place of waiting, of gathering, and of things concealed. Though the work of Knoxville-based studio mates Eleanor Aldrich and Heather Hartman is, on the surface, very different, both share a sense of mystery and an interest in material transformation.
Nashville SCENE: Art Crawl Confidential (Review)
The Tennessean: First Saturday Art Crawl: 9 exhibitions you can’t miss in September
Nashville Arts: ‘Shadyville’ in Nashville (Interview)
Number: Interview: Eleanor Aldrich
Locate Arts (listing)
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.
Read the rest of the review at burnaway.org.
The show will continue to be on view at Channel to Channel in Nashville, Tennessee, through September 22.
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.
My work has been selected for an upcoming group show in Nashville, presented by LOCATE Arts and curated by Mike Calway-Fagen:
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.
Barbara Weissberger and I were interviewed by Charlie Smith recently about ‘Hive and Double’, our collaborative work currently on view in Providence, RI at GRIN Contemporary.
I also had the opportunity to interview Nashville-based Paul Collins about his work for the LOCATE Arts website. LOCATE Arts focuses on and promotes contemporary artists working in each region of Tennessee.