The Art of The Lost Boys of Sudan

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December 6th- 27th, 2008


Tinney Contemporary is pleased to announce an exhibition of original art created by the Lost Boys of Sudan who make Nashville, Tennessee their home. These works include beautifully handcrafted ceramic masks, sculptures, pottery, and paintings and will be on exhibit at the gallery from December 6th thru December 27th, 2008. In this time of economic difficulty it is important to continue to give to those in need. It is in that spirit of giving that Tinney Contemporary will donate a portion of all sales from the exhibit to the Lost Boys Foundation.

For the past year-and-a-half, the Lost Boys of Sudan have been working under the supervision of Nashville fine arts photographer Jack Spencer, founder of The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville and The Lost Boys Center & Gallery. Jack serves as the gallery's artistic director and has worked closely with these young men to help them develop their creativity. The works they have created are unique and inspiring. The story of their war-torn lives is told through some of their works, however, some pieces tell of happier, more beautiful times. The Lost Boys of Sudan were forced to flee from their families and villages as young children. Most were between the ages of 5 and 15. When their villages were invaded, these young boys fled for their lives and most never had the chance to see their families before leaving.

Some 20 years later, many still have not seen or even talked their families. As they met up with boys from other villages who had also been forced to flee, they banded together to look for safety. Their journey took them a thousand miles on foot to refugee camps. Along the way, many of them saw their friends attacked and killed by wild animals, eaten by alligators, drowned, or die from starvation or dehydration. They were forced to eat grass, mud, and leaves to survive and many died from eating poisonous plants. At times they had to drink their own urine to survive. Of the approximately 70,000 boys that were forced to flee, about half of them died along the way.

In late 2000, the United Nations along with such charity groups as World Relief and Catholic Charities brought 3,600 of these young men to the United States from refugee camps. Of that number, 150 were placed in Nashville. With basically only the clothes they had on, and little knowledge of the modern world, they were placed in various housing situations. Most knew nothing of electricity and modern conveniences such as stoves, washing machines, automobiles, telephones or even such simple things as can openers. Three months after being brought to the states, they were expected to be on their own just as any other refugee. However, these young men knew nothing of having to pay rent, utilities, buying food, or caring for themselves independently. Many churches in the area helped them and some continue to be a source of support.

All of them came with the idea of getting an education so they could return to their beloved Africa and make a better life for their families there. That dream for many, however, has not become a reality. Being too old for high school, and lacking the necessary education to attend college presented a new challenge for them. Some were able to pass the GED and enter college, but soon found the costs of tuition, books, etc. were impossible for them to afford. For many, the high cost of life's necessities has caused them to put that dream of an education on hold. Jack Spencer, the founder of The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville, was working on a series of portraits of the Lost Boys when Pel Gai, one of the boys he had photographed, was murdered in 2004. There were no funds to bury Pel and the Lost Boys took up a collection among themselves to pay for his funeral expenses.

When Jack heard about this, he immediately pulled together some of his close friends and they matched the funds raised by the Lost Boys. At that point, Jack realized what a great need there was among these young men and again called upon his friends to help. Together they formed The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville and set about to enhance the lives of these young men. Jack has spent countless hours working with them to develop their creative talents with the hope that one day they can become self-sustaining artists themselves. The Lost Boys Foundation future goals for helping these young men include assistance with job placement, education, computer classes, help in emergency situations, and a desire to unify and provide a place for them to come together as a community. For his work with the Lost Boys, Jack was recently named one of Bank of America's local heroes and his efforts recognized with a $5,000 award, which he presented to The Lost Boys Foundation.

Tinney Contemporary is located at 237 5th Avenue North. It is one of Nashville's premier art galleries and is very pleased to have the opportunity of being able to share the work of the Lost Boys of Sudan with the people of Nashville. The gallery is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 am to 5pm. For more information on Tinney Contemporary visit www.tinneycontemporary.com and to learn more about The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville, www.thelostboysfoundation.org.

The Image Makers

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The Art of Manuel & Cambridge Jones

November 1st- November 29th, 2008

Tinney Contemporary Art Gallery is proud to present The Image Makers - the Artistry of Manuel and Cambridge Jones an exclusive exhibition of works from award winning British photographer Cambridge Jones' upcoming coffee table book on Manuel, the legendary couturier to the stars. Jones is in the process of creating a unique collection of portraits featuring the iconic designer's high profile clients wearing their favorite Manuel creation. Jones works intuitively, capturing his subjects in ways unlike before. In color as well as in black and white, the large-scale portrait photographs provide a unique and intimate view into the friendships and lives of these celebrities and the man they have entrusted with their professional and personal image. The exhibit also succeeds in providing us, one snapshot at a time, a beyond the closed door glimpse into this world of image making both through Manuel's undeniable vision as designer and creator as well as Cambridge's extraordinary vision as photographer and storyteller. Jones, a celebrity in his own right has photographed four British Prime Ministers, The Queen, and everyone who is anyone from Sir Anthony Hopkins to James Bond. Some of his recent work resides in The Queen's private Library at Windsor Castle. Educated at Oxford University (Honors Degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics) his commercial work centers primarily on the music business, politicians and actors. Manuel, universally known for his exquisite diverse custom creations is more than a clothing designer. An image-maker, he put Johnny Cash in black, the Lone Ranger in a mask, and Elvis in a jump suit. He has dressed just about every country star to come out of Nashville and beyond. From Dwight Yoakam to Dolly Parton, Keith Urban to Kenny Chesney, the list is endless. His custom creations extend to rock royalty like Bob Dylan, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and Jack White. Manuel's Hollywood A-list includes Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Burt Reynolds, Robert Redford, John Travolta and Billy Bob Thorton just to name a few. The ‘Manuel Book', as it is universally described pre-title, will be published when all the portrait sessions with Cambridge Jones are completed in 2009/10. Those who have already been photographed include, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Jack White, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Little Richard, Kix Brooks, and the late Porter Wagoner.

Pam Longobardi with Carol Es

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Drifters / Above the Bias Forces

September 27th-October 25th, 2008

Pam Longobardi

Pam Longobardi is joining Tinney Contemporary for an extraordinary installation project titled "Drifters". Pam has just returned from Beijing where she was honored as Artist in Residence at NY Arts Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. She brings her poignant and thought provoking project to Nashville from (quite literally) the entire globe.

"DRIFTERS"
The great ‘formless'
The ocean functions symbolically as the unconscious of the world, regurgitating all manner of human existence. The North Pacific Gyre acts as the eye of the ocean to record the human imprint as it gathers drifting debris in an area the size of Texas. The debris, originating from the shores of Asia and the Americas, once naturally biodegraded at sea. But with the prevalence of plastic products, the waste floats indefinitely. As the flotsam circulates in the ocean, it collides with the Hawaii Islands depositing tons of plastic debris on its once pristine shores.

"Drifters" documents Pam Longobardi's collection and presentation of these objects. Her actions are two forms of intervention. The first is an environmental intervention that physically removes the debris and resituates the objects within the cultural realm, their point of origin. The second form of intervention is a freezing of the object's (d)evolution as cultural artifacts: they become frozen indifferent states of object-hood, from recognizable to wholly mutated. The objects are then re-presented in installations and large-scale sculptures as intriguing visual oddities that remind us of the impact of a globalized consumer society.

Since 1990, Pam Longobardi has had over 25 solo exhibitions and 65 group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the US, Italy, Spain, Finland, Poland, Japan and elsewhere. Her paintings are included in corporate and private collections across the US, and she has been commissioned to create works for Benziger Winery, the Hyatt Corporation, the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Fulton County Medical Examiner's Facility and the First Tennessee Bank in Memphis. Her work involves painting, photography, fabricated objects and installations and addresses the psychological relationship between humans and the natural world. Her 1993 installation entitled "1614-1914 (A Disappearance of Wings)" was included in the 2004 exhibition Birdspace shown at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, the Norton Museum of Art; the Hudson River Museum and four other US museums. Large-scale digital photographs were featured in Skin: Contemporary Views of the Body at the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art where she had a solo exhibition of paintings in 2004. Awards include residency fellowships at the Franz Masereel Center in Belgium and Red Cinder in Hawaii. She received a 1994 SAF Regional NEA Visual Artist Fellowship in Painting, the 1996-97

Tennessee Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship, and was chosen in 1996 as Alternate for the SAF/American Academy in Rome Fellowship. In 1994 she was awarded the UT Knoxville College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Excellence in Research Prize and in 1997, the Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement. In 2005 Longobardi was named recipient of Georgia State University's Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award. Longobardi currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia

Carol Es

Carol Es joins Tinney Contemporary for the first time in September. Carol is a self-taught artist and native Los Angelina born in 1968. Her artistic nature formed early at age six, drawing cartoons underneath tables in bowling alleys. Shy and reclusive, she spent most of her time alone while her family relocated more than 15 times before her tenth birthday. As a result, she attended school infrequently and began working as a pattern cutter in the apparel industry with her family while living on her own to fend for herself by just age fourteen. Carol expresses herself wholly in her art after surviving a tumultuous childhood of sexual abuse and neglect. She uses past experience, family dysfunction and Jewish heritage as the fuel for her subject matter, transforming a broken past into a culmination of paper collage, garment patterns, sewing pins, thread, text, and prose - personal experiences laid bare and forged directly into the work. Viewers can sense a distinct honesty in her work, and a dark, childlike humor that intertwines with her paintings, drawings, installations, and books.

Her works are featured in numerous private and public collections including the Getty Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA Special Collections, the Jaffe Collection, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Carol has exhibited at The Riverside Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Craft & Folk Art Museum, and Zimmer Children's Museum. She is also a two-time recipient of The ARC Grant from the Durfee Foundation in Santa Monica, Ca.

Summer Selection

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Group Invitational

August 23rd- September 26th, 2008

Rachael McCampbell - Rachael recently relocated to Nashville from LA.  Prominent in the LA gallery scene, Rachael brings a beautifully mastered pallet of color and imagery to her work while captivating the viewer's interest through delicate narrative.

Donte' Hayes - Donte' comes to TCC from Atlanta GA.  This young yet proficient artist has established himself in the visual arts in his use of poignant, thought provoking imagery while maintaining a visually creative composition with strong use of color and design.

Martica Griffin - Martica lives and paints in Nashville.  Her postgraduate studies at the School of Visual Arts, NY moved her non-objective abstractions into a close personal narrative of fond childhood memories.  Her brilliant use of color and active paint surfaces tell of fleeting moments and recollections of her youth. 

Carl Linstrum - Carl is an artist living in Atlanta whose seductive work is inspired by simple beauty. Drawn in by the stimulating visual, the color, the light, there is interest beyond the surface. Beauty is found in both subject and technique, but the choices that he makes are motivated by a desire for deeper meaning and communication through visual means.