Kit Kite

Pre-Gaming Your Art Weekend

The art crawl and Porter Flea will have you busy enough Saturday, but what if you want to whet your appetite sooner? These events are bound to satisfy tonight and tomorrow.

Chad Burton Johnson. "Disdain," 2014. Mixed media on wood, 12 by 12 inches.

Chad Burton Johnson. “Disdain,” 2014. Mixed media on wood, 12 by 12 inches.

Fort Houston will have Turntable Tour #2, the second in a series of pop-ups, tonight Thursday June 4. The show will feature work by Sean Starwars, Chad Burton Johnson, and Brandon Geurts. Starwars is a pop culture-y printmaker whose work reminds me of characters from Pee Wee’s Playhouse (that’s a compliment.) I predict Johnson will be my favorite, as his work weighs heavily on social issues and includes rhinestones. Geurts’s fiery amorphous landscapes meditate on the artist’s fetishes. Starts at 5:00. Free with Cezanne’s beer.

Myles Bennett, "in the Manner of Hanon." Mixed media and textile, 93 by 53.

Myles Bennett, “in the Manner of Hanon.” Mixed media and textile, 93 by 53.

Tomorrow, Friday June 5, Courtney Adair Johnson curates a show at Track One called The Silo Room. Working from the metaphor of the silo as the working artist — isolated by nature — Johnson invites six artists to show work in order to laterally engage them in their silos. In the exhibition statement, Johnson writes,

The idea is that each department in an organization — sales, design, manufacturing, customer service, order fulfillment, technical support, etc. (artist) — is an independent vertical structure that is self-contained and independent from the others. You work in your own silo, communicate with people inside the silo (there are no windows, so you don’t even see anyone else), and have as little contact as possible with people in other silos.

The show will feature work by Myles Bennett, Nance Cooley, Justin Gill, Lauren Gregory, Andy Harding, Courtney Adair Johnson, and Kit Kite. I browsed Myles Bennett‘s work this afternoon. He’s a Brooklynite who sometimes unweaves canvases and drapes them in ways that make them seem both heavy and light, serious and lighthearted. His piece in the show will include an antler(!) Opening is at 6:00. Show will stay up for Saturday’s crawl. Free.

Hyperallergic Editor to Visit Nashville

hragSeed Space is unrelenting in its coolness. As part of its Insight? Outta Sight! series, Hrag Vartanian, co-founder and editor-in-chief of everyone’s favorite art blog Hyperallergic will give a talk Monday at the Downtown Public Library at 12:00. From the press release:

[Vartanian] has been invited as a guest commentator on Al Jazeera, WNYC, and has been quoted in the New York Times, New York Observer, Daily News, and elsewhere. His work has appeared in countless publications and he regularly lectures on the art world online. Hyperallergic is a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today.

Hyperallergic brings us arts news that’s often quippy and playful, as well as thoughtful essays and reviews about art worldwide. I especially appreciate the blog’s coverage of arts activism and (unrelated), its sardonic wit. (See 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World, including art critics and artworks.)

And while you’re there, please check out Our Town, Bryce McCloud’s magnum opus-in-the-making spotlighted as the Scene’s cover story this week. (More to come on that!) Also, don’t miss Paper, Thread and Trash, an exhibition curated by NYCnash favorite Courtney Adair Johnson. It includes 14 Tennessee artists who made art books, actual and conceptual, with reused materials. There you’ll find Kit Kite’s “X Housewife Portraits” (including a stand-alone house!), paper automata by Nance Cooley, tiny harmonica books by Lesley Patterson Marx, and so much more.