Current: Women of Abstraction

Sisavanh Phouthavong, Aftermath, 2019, Acrylic on multiple panels, 8 x 12 ft

Group show with works from

Mary Long, Martica Griffin, Carol Mode, Sisavanh Phouthavong, Mildred Jarrett and Jeanie Gooden

September 1st - September 26th, 2019
Opening Reception: September 7th, 6-9pm during FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present, “Women of Abstraction”, a group exhibition of new works by artists Mary Long, Martica Griffin, Carol Mode, Sisavanh Phouthavong, Mildred Jarrett, and Jeanie Gooden. In their latest exhibition, Tinney Contemporary aims to celebrate the complexities of abstraction. In not only its physical manifestation; but through its meaning, history, and energy, as well as, the artists who create it through their own unique lenses.

As a result of the lasting appeal of the Abstraction Movement, there is now an increased desire to uncover and recognize the women of the many periods of Abstraction throughout history. Vanguards like Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler — who's groundbreaking work was largely misunderstood — have paved the way for the abstract artists of the past century. In 2019, being an abstract painter holds a highly dynamic and diverse set of meanings— especially when compared to the pioneers in the previous century. Each artist approaches material, shape, color, and space in ways that uniquely reflect their own cultivated experiences and ideas.

Martica Griffin’s latest works are composed of dynamic colors that are imbued layer by layer and full of energy. Her new work incorporates dark, dancing and twisting lines that hone a musical quality that reflects Griffin’s frenzied style of painting. The result is an expertly controlled chaos filled with emotions brimming to the surface.

Mary Long is a contemporary champion of the archaic technique of encaustic painting. Long uses a modern application of paint through the collaging of mixed media works on paper. Through the use of wax on paper she eternalizes her delicate mark-making imbuing a feel of intimacy and connectivity.

Carol Mode allows a meditative approach while painting. She follows the spaces in the mind unencompassable by words alone and draws them out through her process of paint.  Her method resembles building —uncovering, excavating and layering her surfaces.  The results are thoughtful patterns and textures juxtaposed against bold color and hand-drawn geometry.

Sisavanh Phouthavong’s latest body of work has reached a bold and immersive scale. Not only is the work unfolding through a kaleidoscopic lens of memory, it seems to be transforming and evolving in front of the viewer by its use of non-traditional framing. Phouthavong’s mix of vibrant line work along with underlying notes of decay and destruction keeps the viewer intrigued as to the personal story within ‘Aftermath’.  

Jeanie Gooden creates her current body of work in between the United States and Central Mexico. When she creates pieces in her San Miguel de Allende studio, she draws inspiration from the surrounding richly colorful and diverse environment. The act of creating abstract work challenges Gooden to let the painting find its voice through her. Her use of abstraction transcends a more linguistic or figurative approach by sending its message on a more universal scale of expression.

Mildred Jarrett is a true vanguard of Nashville’s art scene. Jarrett’s exploration of abstract painting has commanded attention and inspired conversations throughout the span of her prolific career. In her latest work, Jarrett’s gestural brushwork expertly interplay with soft shapes and rich tones evoking a rhythm of its own.