Keeper, solo show, Nashville Scene's "Best of Nashville" 2018

Thanks so much to Erica CIccarone, arts writer, for selecting Keeper as one of the Best of Nashville's shows in 2018!

Artist Interview

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Landscape is a consistent prompt for my work. My core iconography rests on the grid and all its history and associative connections with landscape–fences, gates, borders and walls. When a friend of a friend was shot at dusk across the street from my napping family, our porch camera captured it, allowing us (and police) to view the video feed after the incident. My life and studio concerns coalesced into a body of work on neighborhood, police, surveillance and photography with fences and boundaries as stepping off points. Painting is an alternate measurement.
How can artists connect with other artists?
I once heard Zadie Smith tell Ann Pachet that the only talent there is in writing is the honed ability to be alone for long periods of time in order to get the work done. I can relate to the need for vast amounts of solitude, but I also know that our lives are built around and meaningful because of community. Get to know other artists, invite them to trade studio visits, read about your peers, go to their exhibitions, know and support your people.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have a few exhibitions across the country coming up, and my gallery out of Nashville, TN, The Red Arrow Gallery often goes to Art Dallas. In addition, Flat File Art (Montclair, NJ) and Show and Tell (Charleston, SC) show the work.
I have a solo show coming up at Covenant College in Tennessee January 2019, and am included in a group show of “southern” artists at James Madison University’s Duke Hall Gallery (John Ros, Curator) the same month. People show go to shows, get to know artists and purchase art work–what a way to contribute to a healthy world of empathy!

Tennessean, God Sees Through Houses, M. Baker

'God Sees Through Houses' at Lipscomb’s Hutcheson Gallery

Last month, Lipscomb’s Hutcheson Gallery debuted its new space in the university’s Beaman Library with a solo exhibition by Nashville artist and curator Jodi Hays.  “God Sees Through Houses” presents paintings that bridge abstraction and representation to explore the ideological and emotional impact of Homeland Security’s "zero tolerance" immigration policy on the realities of home, family, fear, power and surveillance.  

Hays, whose work often explores how neighborhoods and communities are divided by fences, walls and other boundaries writes in a statement about the show: “Many of us have the privilege and power to see, leveraging lenses, barriers, windows. Painting has become an alternate form of measurement, one in which this power of sight (and oversight) can be used to advocate ... to observe and create a world in which we can believe and hope.”  
Hays also manages a studio and pop-up gallery, Dadu, and teaches in the MFA program at Watkins College of Art.

The exhibition is up through Oct. 18.  The new location of the Hutcheson Gallery is in the Beaman Library at 1 University Park Drive.  Its hours are 7 a.m.-midnight Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m.-midnight Sunday.  Admission is free.

Noelle Nashville mention

Thanks to publishers of The Line, an independent publication for Noelle Nashville, for the mention!

Gallery in NY area opening soon!

Flat File Art is opening in Montclair, NJ. Could not be happier to be part of this great group of artists!
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