Month: October 2014

Open Studio at Platetone Thursday

DSC01426Hear ye, hear ye! It is the third Thursday of the month and I therefore am inclined to report that Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts will be holding its monthly open studio at 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Artist Megan Little will conduct a free workshop on using textured wallpaper to make stenciled monotypes. Not sure what that means? Even better. And as usual, the will have a smorgasbord of locally donated, top quality snacks. Platetone is located at 525 5th Ave. S.

Gallery: Nashville Print Crawl 2014

The Nashville Print Crawl was loads of fun. With five destinations and seven print shops, it truly felt like a journey, and we have a beautiful print to commemorate this awesome, community-filled day.

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Sneak Peak: Bandaloop Rehearses at OZ

Bandaloop rehearses "Harboring" for their performances this week at OZ in Nashville.

Bandaloop rehearses “Harboring” for their performances this week at OZ in Nashville.

When I told you about Bandaloop, the vertical dance performance group that will be staging “Harboring” at OZ this weekend, I had no idea that I’d be getting a sneak peak! NYCnash was a lucky plus-one this evening for the dress rehearsal. Here’s what I thought:

“Harboring” is an hour long that feels like twenty minutes. Beginning outdoors on a vertical stage and heading in for performances on two more stages, it features dance and aerial arts with a bit of silent film style acting, especially from the group’s wonderful founder, Amelia Rudolph. The dancers often work in pairs, the men embracing each other as often as they do the women in the ensemble. In two striking pairings, the dancers belay each other, each tied to the end of a rope attached to a pulley. The title of the performance is curious, for the only “harbor” I found was in the dancers’ interactions with each other. Could it be a comment on the safety we find in our relationships, the security in an embrace, the comfort in belonging?

Opening act of Bandaloop's "Harboring," performing in Nashville this weekend.

Opening act of Bandaloop’s “Harboring,” performing in Nashville this weekend at OZ.

Anytime I try to apply meaning to dance, I end up sounding like an idiot, so I’ll stop there. I loved “Harboring,” and it would have easily been worth the $52.50 if I hadn’t been so lucky. The lighting and sound complement the dancers, not drowning them out or showing off. (Although they will have a jazz trio playing during the shows!) Be warned though: it’s not all vertical building jumping, but the big stunts are punctuated because of the smaller, often playful moments that come in between.  Rudolph’s choreography moved me from suspense, to calm contemplation, to elation, with many moments of awe throughout.

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Bandaloop performs “Harboring” at OZ in Nashville this weekend.

Print Crawlin’ Saturday

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Map of Nashville’s 2014 Print Crawl by Megan Kelley.

Stop the press. The Nashville Print Crawl is Saturday, and you don’t want to miss it! Nashville has a robust printmaking community, as we saw at Porter Flea way back at the beginning of summer, and as we keep seeing everywhere. The Crawl lets you visit with the printmakers, chat them up, look at their cool equipment, and make your own print as you crawl among the seven local groups.

Check out Megan Kelley’s great map for the schedule, or (boring!) read it here: It kicks off 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Sawtooth Printhouse, Isle of Printing, and Hatch Show Print. From 6 to 8 p.m. at 535 4th Ave. S. visit Platetone Printmaking and Goldsmith Press. Finish your print with Kangaroo Press and Grand Palace Silkscreen from 8 to 10 p.m. at Fort Houston, 500 Houston St. and enjoy the after party (i.e. Wiliamsburg).

I first read the “stages” to be places, but I now believe they are chunks of time. (It is a little confusing.) Looks like there are indeed five stops on the crawl.

This Weekend: the One Mile Musical Loop and Capture the Flag at the Park

captureOn October 11-12, Centennial Park will act as a true Greek agora when FLEX IT! My Body My Temple addresses the health care crisis with socially engaged art. Nashvillians will come together and get moving with two unique events.

Saturday, social practice art collective Public Doors and Windows will stage One Mile Loop, a multi band performance around the walking trail that’s based on the habits and musical preferences of six park regulars who were interviewed by the collective earlier this year. Their music ranges from Rancid to Rodgers and Hammerstein and will be performed in varied genres, from melodic pop to heavy soul. Along the route, the collective is constructing historical markers that profile each participant. The piece invites park visitors to consider fitness in a new way that allows them to enjoy diversity of experience and intimately engage with the tastes and habits of others. Time: 3-4 p.m.

On Sunday, Adrienne Outlaw’s new installation of MeetUp will take over the park for an open-to-the public game of Capture the Flag. Players of all stripes are welcome to join this family-friendly game that requires communication and compromise, as well as different skill sets and levels of athleticism. Participants can sign up at the Kidsville tent at Musicians’ Corner, which will also hold crafting workshops throughout the afternoon. Outlaw will film the event for MeetUp’s video installation project, on view in the Parthenon. This multi-piece installation shows people in various acts of health and harmony and serves as a living document of the events in Outlaw’s social practice work. Time: 2-4 p.m.

FLEX IT! My Body My Temple gets art out of the galleries and to the people, while advocating for a subtle change in our lifestyle choices–honoring ourselves and bodies, valuing the food that we eat, and celebrating movement. The exhibition is constantly evolving as its artists visit Nashville for participatory talks and events. FLEX IT! endeavors to effect change while building on core values of reciprocity, interaction, and well being. The works are on display in the Parthenon Museum and throughout Centennial Park through January 10, 2015.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…It’s Bandaloop!

If you were lucky to catch the Bandaloop performance downtown Monday afternoon, you can testify to the singular experience of watching people dance across skyscrapers, seemingly on the air itself. Bandaloop will perform “Harboring,” a sixty-minute show this Friday and Saturday at OZ.

The California vertical dance troupe has been performing on skyscrapers, off cliffs, across bridges, and over cities for a decade. Doing so safely is not only a truly astounding human feat–it’s truly beautiful to watch.

Tickets are $52.50 a pop, so you might need to break open your piggy bank. It’s up to you whether it’s worth the change. Check out the video below. 

The Expatriate Archive: Latin Americans in Nashville

Although you may not hear five languages being spoken within a single block radius in Nashville, you can find multiculturalism if you pay attention. Nashville Arts’ executive-editor Sara Lee Burd curates The Expatriate Archive at Mohsenin Gallery. The show features artists living in Nashville who hail from Central and South America, and judging by the lineup, it looks to be quite an eclectic mix. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 18 for the opening at 6 p.m.

Jairo Prado. Ancestral Fish; mixed media, 36 by 76 by 14 inches. From the artist's website.

Jairo Prado. Ancestral Fish; mixed media, 36 by 76 by 14 inches. From the artist’s website.

Liliana Velez Jarmillo, Skin Containers Ceries; finger prints on wax.  "In this project I present the idea that the body is a space that constructs and at the same time liberates, showing the uniqueness, the fragility, and the ephemeral of it." From the artist's website.

Liliana Velez Jarmillo, Skin Containers Ceries; finger prints on wax. “In this project I present the idea that the body is a space that constructs and at the same time liberates, showing the uniqueness, the fragility, and the ephemeral of it.” From the artist’s website.

Jorge Mendoza, Lords of the Reign; mixed media: drawing, transfer, collage on homemade paper, 10 by 12 inches.

Jorge Mendoza, Lords of the Reign; mixed media: drawing, transfer, collage on homemade paper, 10 by 12 inches.

Burd has roots in Latin America; she was born in Columbia and moved to Georgia with her family soon after. From the press release, Burd says, “I hope this show leads to a broader conversation about cultural identity and what it is like to have homes in more than one country.”

The show will include works by Juan Pont Lezica (Argentina), Jorge Yances (Colombia), Jorge Mendoza (Bolivia), Liliana Velez (Colombia), Jairo Prado(Colombia), Yuri Figueroa (Mexico), and Clorinda Bell (Peru).

Mohsenin Gallery is located at 1917 Church St. in midtown. (Whoa! There’s a gallery in midtown?) The show runs through November 21.

John Perry at SNAP Gallery Saturday

johnperryAdding to the list of reasons-stay-in-town-this-weekend (AKA why-am-I-leaving-town-this-weekend?), SNAP Gallery is bringing an artist to WeHo in conjunction with SONA Fest. SNAP (South Nashville Action People) is located at the 1224 Martin St. (corner of Humphreys). SNAP opened up for the first Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston art crawl for On/Off Electronic Art Exhibition, and I’m delighted to see they’re involved again.

John Perry will be showing his abstract works in a solo show. His work has everything I look for in abstract paintings: careful groupings of color, varied textures, an almost musical narrative. From the artist:

“My process is action-oriented, although not necessarily a register of my physical movement.  I use lots of solvent (water, turp, etc), and will often begin paintings on their backs.  I’m searching all the while, and as elements begin to move (or I direct them to move), I start to find the moments I want to protect.  My mark making varies from using the palette knife to scrape or wipe paint onto the surface, to using a leaf blower or water hose to blast large movements from one end of the work to the other.”

John Perry, untitled, 2013; ink on paper, 16 by 22 inches.

John Perry, untitled, 2013; ink on paper.

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John Perry, untitled, 2013; oil on canvas.

John Perry, untitled, 2014; acrylic on board.

John Perry, untitled, 2014; acrylic on board.

The gallery will be open from 5:30 to 11:00, so if you find yourself short on time during the crawls (of course you will!), head over after the Gong Orchestra that’s happening at Track One at 9:00.

The Resounding Gong

Photo credit: Regina Wilkins in New Orleans, 2013.

Photo credit: Regina Wilkins in New Orleans, 2013.

Add this to your list of stuff to do this weekend: Tatsuya Nakatani will perform at Track One at 9:00, just as the galleries close up. The Japanese-born percussionist will perform solo and then with the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. The concept of the show is really cool. Nakatani trains local musicians and artists on the gong and in his conducting methods for each show, so you may see some Nashvillians performing alongside him.

If you’re imagining nine people banging on flat sheets of metal, let’s back up. They play the gongs with bows, so it’s a sort of mix between the sound a string instrument makes and the sound a percussion instrument makes. (You can see why I never write about music.) I’ve attended some experimental music performances at the request of one Tony Youngblood, and if I’ve made it through half of them, it’s been with equal parts martyrdom and resentment. I’ve learned not to torture us both if it’s going to be something that screeches until my anxiety reaches record highs. This, however, looks to be trance-inducing and ethereal. Wander into a dark corner of the big Track One warehouse and feel spooky. If you’re unsure, take a listen! You have to skip the first several minutes of tuning, but then it gets really nice.

Track One is located at 1209 4th Ave. S, on the corner of 4th Ave. S and Chestnut Street.