Suchness

New Work By Jaq Belcher
December 3rd - January 28, 2012

Reception: Jan. 7th, 6-9 pm

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Suchness, an exhibition of new works by New York-based artist, Jaq Belcher.  Belcher describes this collection of work as "a recording of [her] past twenty months," with the hand-cut paper pieces acting as imprints of significant events in the artist's life.  Consequently, Belcher sees each work as a literal marker of time, made up of sequential dates relating to her artistic process.  For instance--the day she begins the piece by cutting the sheet of paper; the day she begins the drawing for the piece; the day she began cutting and completed cutting; and finally, the day the piece was raised, and therefore complete, marked by a date written in the lower right hand corner.

In contrast to many visual artists, Belcher's work is not intended to represent anything in particular.  Rather, the focus for her is on the process of reduction and repetition, and the manipulation of matter. This can be seen as a practice which allows, or requires, stillness. The process hones concentration and therefore the power of the mind through focus.

The resulting works from this meticulous process are beautifully patterned and complex. The pieces testify to the idea of 'being' in the moment and the idea of staying in the 'now', the 'present'. Belcher references ideas in eastern and western meditation practices, and also spiritual alchemy, and esoteric philosophy.

Belcher was born in Australia, and currently lives and works in New York City.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and her Master of Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts. 

 

The Man Who Shot Rock

New Work by Jonathan Postal
October 1 - November 19, 2011

Reception: Nov. 5, 6-9 pm

Memphis-based artist Jonathan Postal's work is concerned with capturing a moment that is raw, honest, and timeless, but also in possession of a quirky, unique beauty. Working in the medium of photography, Postal's work explores the parallel worlds that exist in popular culture, presenting his subjects as iconic and archetypal, while keeping a sense of history and approachability.

For his show at Tinney Contemporary, "The Man Who Shot Rock," Postal chose not only to present a very specific, inimitable period in history, but also to invite the viewer to step into the past.  His photographs serve as a time machine, presenting the viewer with a glimpse into the artist's previous life--one full of danger and recklessness, and the tremendous shock of youth itself.  However, this history does not solely belong to Postal.  Rather, it is a shared cultural experience that can never be recreated.  Postal presents these images not out of cheap nostalgia, but as evidence that these people and these places existed, and that he was, for the most part, included in it.

The common thread in this body of work is that the subjects are musicians, captured through silver prints, their spirits raw and innovative.  The tour that Postal's images take the viewer on begins in the late 70's and then rollercoasters through the 80's, rambling on into the 90's, and ending in this past decade with photographs of Hank Williams III, and Joe Buck.  Postal's photographs capture places and faces long buried in time, demonstrating a masterful ability to recognize those decisive moments that make for the most powerful images. 

An internationally photographer and musician, Jonathan Postal has lived around the world while producing his fine art photography and working for notable publications such as Vanity FairRolling StoneTimeLifeThe New York Times, and Interview Magazine.   He currently lives in Memphis with his wife, artist Mary Long Postal, and their dog, Hank Williams IV.

 

In the rear gallery: Highway of Sight, Photographs by Americana artist Steve Forbert

The exhibit, titled “Highway of Sight”, will be a showcase of Americana artist Steve Forbert’s photography while touring as a musician on the road.

Forbert's photos are taken strictly with a 2005 LG cellphone. Though Forbert has tried some of the newer, high resolution phones, he finds the photos from the 2005 LG to be the most interesting.  According to Forbert, "A proper camera is out of the question. I don't feel there is anything I can add to the standard, accepted field of Fine Art photography. What I'm attracted to are bright colors, repetition, symmetry, a bit of obvious irony and the simply absurd." 

Mississippi-born singer/songwriter Steve Forbert has been a steady, inventive presence on the music scene since his acclaimed 1978 debut, "Alive On Arrival."  Taking the stance of a compassionate everyman, with a keen eye for detail, Forbert weaves together strands of folk, rock, country and R&B, as he delivers his take on life's trials, tribulations, and discoveries with direct, honest energy and enduring optimism. Best known for his 1980 hit single "Romeo's Tune", he has released fourteen studio albums and currently performs over one-hundred concerts a year. He was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2006.

Lost In The Night Garden

New Work by Claire B. Cotts
August 6 - September 24, 2011

Reception: September 3rd, 6-9 pm

Inspired by forms from the natural world, artist Claire B. Cotts tries to capture in her paintings a fleeting feeling or moment in time:  a warm summer night, the thrum of cicadas, the occasional low flash of a firefly, dim light filtering through water, floating fronds of pond weed, thistle seed blowing up into the air.

Embedded within the paintings are fragments of ideas about faith, memory, and hope.  Disorder and entropy are countered by balance and structure; the tangle and chaos of vines intermixed with off-kilter, tenuously balanced blocks and small hopeful symbols of structure -a seed pod, a bud, a branch, the dormant bulb of a daffodil.

The paintings are meditations on the nature of belief and hope --that countering the pull and tug of gravity and decay there is a sense of illimitable potential in the smallest, most humble of things -

Speaking of her work, the artist shared:

"When I am painting, when it is going well, I can disappear into that world, in that state of trance and total absorbtion.  It is the same feeling I have when I work in my garden, completely absorbed and lost in it.  I love painting large.  I want the viewer to have their field of vision filled by them, small as a bee, lost in a garden. Or to experience that sense of wonder one has, pressed up against a window in an aquarium, immersed in that world which is usually hidden to us, swaying kelp, floating jellyfish, sea anemone.

I'm interested in the unspoken, unseen - what is beneath the surface.  I hope the paintings express that, and convey the feeling of constrained joy I have when I make them- the nervous breath-held mix of tension and happiness a child has while stacking up books and blocks and toys into a precariously swaying tower." 

Claire b Cotts has been exhibiting her distinctive, richly layered figurative and abstract canvases for over twenty five years.  Her work has been exhibited nationally, and is represented in numerous private and corporate collections.  Cotts lives and works in Berkeley, California.

In the Rear Gallery

Andy, The Factory, and Me: Photographs by Raeanne Rubenstein (through Sept. 3rd)

Andy, The Factory, and Me, is a collection of celebrity photographer Raeanne Rubenstein's rarely-seen photographs of Andy Warhol and his many celebrity friends and superstars. As an aspiring young photographer in the 1970's, Raeanne Rubenstein shot for many of the most popular magazines of her day.  Her beat was the flamboyant artists and musicians who lived and worked in New York City's famed Lower East Side, home to the Fillmore East, Abby Hoffman, Jimmi Hendrix and so many other now-legendary characters. Her clients included then-alternative magazines like the Village Voice and Rolling Stone, and later, mainstream magazines like Life and People. One momentous day, she was sent on an assignment to photograph a hot artist who was making a big name for himself in the worlds of advertising, art and music--Andy Warhol. Rubenstein and Warhol hit it off, and for over a decade she became a fixture at Warhol's Factory, both as friend and documentarian.  She captured Warhol with the legends of his day, from Federico Fellini to Halston, from Lou Reed to superstars Viva and Jackie Curtis, and was there when he directed and shot films, took polaroids, painted and even, invented Interview Magazine.  Rubenstein's photographs offer a unique glimpse into her experiences at The Factory, Warhol himself, and his coterie of assistants, musicians, mirth makers, and hangers on. 

Silver: Points of Departure

Guest Curated by Carol Prusa
June 25- July 30, 2011

Opening Reception: July 2nd, 6-9 pm

Though silver be white yet it maketh black lines and strakes in the body that is scored therewith. -Bartholomaeus Anglicus, from his Encyclopedia on the Properties of Things (mid-13th c.)

Silverpoint is a drawing medium in which a silver stylus is used to make marks-shimmery traces of silver-on a prepared surface. Metalpoint (lead, gold, and other metals were, and are, also used) was one of the basic drawing mediums before the broad adoption of graphite, and was widely used by artists from the 14th to the early 17th century. Unlike charcoal and chalk, it does not smudge; unlike ink, it does not fade. On the contrary: over time and exposed to air, silver tarnishes, its initial grey darkening and changing hue. On a white ground, silver can appear surprisingly dark, and on darker grounds it can shine like an old mirror.

Following a centuries-long period of near-obsolescence, silverpoint began to be revived in the late 19th century, and a diverse collection of contemporary artists have been attracted to the medium for its unique characteristics-its precise, fine line, its luster and delicacy, its warm tonalities.

Its contemporary use spans non-objective, abstract and figurative work. Each of the artists in this exhibition has found a unique point of departure with silverpoint, often combining it with other metals and mediums. Their use of silverpoint complements their body of work and demonstrates the breadth of expression possible from a simple drawing tool. Comprising artists from across the country, this luminous exhibition offers the opportunity to see new worlds created from an age-old, yet enduring, medium.

ARTISTS:  Joe Biel, Anne Connell, Lori Field, Marietta Hoferer, Michael Kukla, Kate Kretz, Carol Prusa, Susan Schwalb and Fran Siegel

Sparked

New Work by Jeanie Gooden
May 20 - June 18

Opening Reception: June 4th, 6-9 pm

Jeanie Gooden's latest exhibition, Sparked, at Tinney Contemporary features new abstract paintings inspired by a unique blend of cultural, emotional, and creative influences.   According to the artist, "At some point in life, each of us becomes aware of a moment when something is sparked inside of us."  For Gooden, it was her early experiences in Nashville making music that sparked her enduring need to embrace art as part of her life. 

While those early musical pursuits in Nashville did not provide Gooden with the visibility or recognition she was seeking, she did gain courage and confidence from spending time in such a vibrant, and creative city.  Ultimately, the performing arts led Gooden to the visual arts, which have been her passion for the past ten years.  Today, art is so intertwined with her life that she feels it impossible separate the two. Painting is her balance.

Though Gooden lives in both the United States and Mexico, most of her paintings in recent years have been created in her studio in the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.   Gooden states, "Painting in an ancient city of beautiful architecture and rich color impacts my work in ways that I didn't expect...but are delightful to me. The textures of Mexico, created by its deep cultural history, have become an intimate part of my work."

Music and emotion are also vital aspects of Gooden's work.  As an artist, Gooden's constant challenge is finding new inspiration that pushes her to create in innovative ways.  To find this inspiration she paints from a very personal place, layering her surfaces with intense feeling and emotion. 

Yet, despite Gooden's personal approach to making her work, her hope is that viewers will be able to filter what they see through their own life experiences. Gooden places the utmost confidence in her viewers, citing the connection between a person and one of her paintings as the force that drives her to paint again and again.

Stealing Stories

New Work by Patricia Bellan-Gillen
March 26 - May 13

Closing Reception: May 7th, 6-9 pm

Writer, Paul Krainak described Patricia Bellan-Gillen's recent work as, "Formalist canon meets zoological illustration, penetrated by medieval spiritualism and glossed with personal dream imagery."

The artist adds, "After years of studying cultural, dream, mythological and religious symbols, I am beginning to believe that the most interesting signs are the images that appear and keep pressing on one's mind with no explanation-unexpected images that flash across the brain when phrases like "war by proxy," "turn to salt" or "separation of church and state" are heard. ...or the nascent compositions that appear while revisiting the "Spy vs. Spy" pages of vintage Mad Magazine or hearing the familiar Da-Da-DaDa-DaDa theme song from the Rocky and Bullwinkel Show. Honoring these puzzling visages maps the direction that I have begun to follow in my paintings, prints and drawings. In very simple terms, I want to make work that combines ideas and imagery generated through study and research with ideas and imagery that are felt, intuitive and enigmatic. " This current body of work continues to build on the use of imagery that suggests a narrative, remixes our stories and attempts to engage the viewer's associative responses: imagery that is at once forgotten but familiar.  The work also celebrates a return to drawing-the sheer love of the fundamental act of working with the most direct and basic materials.

Bellan-Gillen's paintings, prints and drawings have been the focus of over 35 solo exhibitions across the U. S., including venues in Washington DC, Chautauqua, NY, Las Cruces, NM, Albany, NY, Bloomington, IL, Nashville, TN and Portland, OR. Her work has been included in numerous group shows in museums, commercial galleries, university galleries, and alternative spaces. Venues have included: Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, Chelsea Museum of Art, New York, NY, Florida International University Museum of Art, Miami, FL, Frans Masreel Centrum, Belgium, and the Tacoma Museum of Art, Tacoma, WA. Most recently, Stealing Stories, New Drawings by Patricia Bellan-Gillen was shown in the Tucker S. Cooke Gallery at the University of North Carolina/Asheville and her work was awarded Best of Show in The Great Lakes Drawing Biennial at Eastern Michigan University. Her drawings will be included in upcoming exhibitions: Large-Scale Drawings, UMW Gallery, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA and Gertrude's Lot, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.  

Patricia Bellan-Gillen lives in rural Burgettstown, Pennsylvania adjacent to the West Virginia border. She is the Dorothy L. Stubnitz Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she has taught foundation drawing, printmaking, painting and Concept Studios since 1986. In 2000, the university honored her with the Ryan Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Return of The Native

New work by Brett De Palma
February 5 - March 12

Closing Reception: March 5th, 6-9 pm

A native of Nashville and graduate of Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, Brett De Palma has been challenging and reinventing the idea of artistic freedom for over thirty years.  De Palma moved to New York City's Greenwich Village in the early 1980's, washing dishes for almost a year until Red Grooms offered him a job painting his sculpture and he obtained a gallery assistant position at Sperone Westwater Fischer.  He became a punk new-waver while going to CBGB after hours, all the while painting abstract anatomy on rolls of bookbinding material from the basement of his building.  De Palma's big break came after meeting new-wave impresario and artist-turned-curator, Diego Cortez.  Cortez subsequently included De Palma in the New York New-Wave show of 1981 along with acclaimed artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

Although De Palma has continued to create art since his heyday in the 1980's, De Palma humorously states, "I have only recently emerged from the Cave of Fire, Water, Ice, Smoke, and Mirrors through the Academy of Education to the Institutionalized Greed of Leveraged Mergers and the Golden Age of Class Consolidation and Private Property into the Light of Hometown Celebrity Sunshine!" 

This sort of sharp yet playful humor is characteristic of De Palma's personality and his approach to creating art.  De Palma describes his work as a reflection of the world, filtered through himself, and as such, his art has no rules as pertains to ways of proceeding.  As an artist, his goal is to open possibilities rather than to restrict freedoms, not to "do this instead of that."  With each composition, he aims to discover and express the depth of character and thought from which springs a more authentic view of life.  Through a synthesis of contradictory elements-hard edges and soft forms, sensuality and roughness, humor and darkness-De Palma's art represents real life in all its quirkiness. 

Brett De Palma's extensive exhibition experience includes one-person exhibitions at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NY; Emilio Mazzoli, Italy; and the Arnold Hertsand Gallery, NYC. His art has been reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Village Voice, Dialogue Magazine, Roll Magazine, the Tennessean, the Nashville Business Journal, and the Rockland Review.  His works reside in many prominent public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the U.S. State Department, Disney World, the Eli Broad Family Foundation, and the Tennessee State Museum.  De Palma has been an adjunct professor at the School Visual Arts in New York since 1988.

To view artwork dimensions and medium, visit Brett De Palma's artist page

Mary Long

New Work by Mary Long- Postal
January 8th - January 30th, 2011

Opening Reception: January 8th, 6-9 pm

The month of January in Nashville inevitably means an unfortunate number of cold, bitter, and gray days. Despite the dreary forecast, Tinney Contemporary is determined to beat the Winter Blues in the New Year by bringing color to Nashville with works by Memphis-based encaustic artist, Mary Long-Postal. 

Self-taught in wax encaustic-a technique which involves creating a wax medium from melted beeswax and damar resin-Mary Long-Postal has been painting with this medium almost exclusively for the past 8 years.  Using a mostly pre-planned color scheme, Long-Postal includes in her paintings personal symbols, graphic elements, marks made with oil stick, and sometimes, decorative paper.  According to Long-Postal, the wax encaustic technique allows her to explore her paintings in a more tactile way by selectively scraping, incising, and scarring, which brings to the works elements that are both solid and transparent.  The artist's intelligent, yet playful approach to color, design, and process make for expressive abstractions that are sure to brighten even the bleakest of winter days. 

Mary Long-Postal's work has been exhibited nationally in cities such as New York City, Taos, and Santa Fe.  This is her first solo show in Nashville. Her work has been collected by Eli Manning of the New York Giants, Michael Redd of the Miwaukee Bucks, Pinnacle Bank, and Bass Berry and Simms PLC, among others. 

In the rear gallery:

In the rear gallery we will be featuring cinematic and musically-related art pieces by Mary Long-Postal's husband, Jonathan Postal.  For more information on Jonathan Postal's work visit his artist's page on our website: http://tinneycontemporary.com/artists/details/jonathan_postal/