Stasis: Heavenly Bodies

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New Work by Carla Ciuffo
December 6-January 17, 2015

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Stasis: Heavenly Bodies - a solo exhibition by Carla Ciuffo with select and new artworks from Stasis. Creating contrast within negative space Stasis: Heavenly Bodies presents images infused with celestial light, textures and organic forms. Images, most found in nature, are composed as both buoyant and free falling, defying gravity, as well as structured tableaux. Ciuffo's photo art incorporates digitally manipulated images printed on Archival papers and mounted on sleek surfaces of crystal-like polished acrylic. 

Carla Ciuffo is a photo artist living in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work is an amalgam of narratives, abstracts and lyrical imagery emphasizing the enigma of being human. Quality of light, both natural and constructed, provides luminosity within alternate dimensions that expand the boundaries of her photographic world. Transplanted from New York, NY to Nashville TN, the last six years have influenced a body of work that calls upon Tennessee grace, New York grit, and a variety of surfaces and grains. Ciuffo's work can be found in collections in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Nashville. 

SEACHANGE: Indexing The Conscious Moment

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New Work by John Folsom
November 1-November 29, 2014

Opening Reception: Nov. 1st, 6-9 pm

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present SEACHANGE: Indexing The Conscious Moment, a new body of work by John Folsom.  Seachange is a new exhibition of photo based abstract landscapes inspired by a trip to the island of St. Barth's in the Caribbean. Through an investigation of perspective distortion and a theory of consciousness known as Orchestrated Objective Reduction, the nature of landscape is reduced to impressions of color and texture. Created utilizing the panorama mode of the iPhone camera these works exploit the slicing artifacts which manifest during improper scanning. This temporal rupture reinforces the notion of consciousness as a series of micro fine bits. Images are printed on canvas, combined with wet media and presented vertically producing an experiential index. Folsom's new body of work seeks to reveal the nature of our present day reality as a sequence of conscious moments which reinforce our perception of a seamless existence. 

John Folsom (b. 1967) is a mixed media artist born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. His practice demonstrates the narrative potential of images through the intersection of painting and photography. Folsom's photographic paintings have been widely exhibited for the past 15 years and can be found in many collections worldwide.

Mapping Out the Matrix

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New Work by Carol Prusa and Sky Kim
September 27-October 25, 2014

Opening Reception: October 4th, 6 to 9 pm

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Mapping Out the Matrix, a two-person exhibition featuring new work by Carol Prusa and Sky Kim. Charmed by how physicists think, Carol Prusa's current work speaks to multiple universes and possibility. Prusa's constructed domes are provocative symbols that invoke the idea of the universe and physical objects that allude to real-life structures. In her  "canopies," she explores a number of mathematical models that physicists developed to explain our universe. The mathematics of Prusa's expressed geometries offer a spiritual force that organizes structures from the microscopic to the political. Here, geometry isn't simply abstract but creates a real world, sustained by its own logic. Prusa's new three-dimensional pieces consist of acrylic hemispheres ranging from bowl-sized to three feet in diameter, articulated with silverpoint drawing and graphite on the convex illuminated surfaces, punctuated by patterns of light. In the rear gallery, Prusa's two dimensional work comes to life with a dramatic installation featuring a twenty foot long yupo paper scroll adorned with her signature silverpoint drawings. To realize the startling phenomena that shape our everyday world, Prusa also incorporates digital projection and video technology in certain pieces. Like scientists and mathematicians who model emergent behavior, Prusa yearns to create a radical vision, one that takes into account the chaotic interactions that are central to formation of the universe. 

Similarly inspired by structure, geometry, and the idea of "multiple universes" Sky Kim's meticulous, labor-intensive watercolor paintings/drawings are at once abstract, anatomical, spiritual and sensual.  There's a constant tug of war embedded in the organic undulations of Kim's work. The shapes are comforting, yet dizzying; fluid, yet stagnant; organic, yet abstract; delicate, yet obsessive. Kim records her personal time, space and raw emotions in each moment of creation. Her inspiration comes from her philosophical belief in "reincarnation" and the realization that through numerous lives, we complete our life cycle and become spiritually advanced. As a result, Kim began to use the repetition of circles and wiggly lines to create patterns that represent the wheel of life-the reincarnation, inspired by the circle as an absolute form that can be found in nature. Each circle in Kim's work contains energy which allows a being to consistently evolve into a complete form of nature. The ability to see and hear depends upon the detection of energy traveling at different wavelengths of vibration. Vision and sound are the products of atomic particles in space colliding with one another and emitting patterns of energy. Kim simply captures these patterns of energy-the residue of her vibration in her work. According to Kim, "Everything around us, about us, among us, within us, and between us is made of atoms and molecules vibrating in space. Although we define our self as solid, we are made of trillions of cells, gallons of water and ultimately everything about us exists in a constant and dynamic state of activity and movement in the name of evolving process."

Represented by galleries across North America as well as Taiwan, Carol Prusa exhibits widely in museums and curated exhibitions. Her work has been supported by fellowships including the Howard Foundation and South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowships. Her work is in numerous museum collections including the Perez Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale, Hunter Museum of American Art and Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. Recently, Prusa completed a four-month funded Artist in Industry residency at Kohler Company.  Prusa lives in South Florida and is a Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University.

Sky Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and received a Master's Degree in Painting at Pratt Institute in New York. She is a recipient of the National Museum of Contemporary Art's National Korean Art Competition Award and a Pratt Institute Art Grant. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs throughout the U.S. and Korea, including the DUMBO Arts Festival, Gwangju Biennale, MOCA DC and Governors Island Art Fair. Her work has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Korea Herald, Artlog and The Korea Daily and on WMBCTV.

In the Kress Lobby Gallery: THE CYGNUS LOOP- An Installation by Andy Harding 

Andy Harding's work engages in a dialog between materials and concepts. His process entails drawing, coloring, cutting, shaping, and layering disparate materials into harmonious compositions. Geometric and organic shapes combine within these compositions to explore the dynamic cycle of order and entropy that bears witness to both the emergence of form and its dissolution in the multifaceted processes that make up the natural world. Harding's finished pieces call to mind scientific diagrams, natural forms and even abstracted figures in their wriggling, writhing shapes. Living beings, materials, ideas, and forces all occupy distinct positions in the grand web of relations, yet nothing is static. In essence, this work is a reflection or a meditation on both the interrelatedness and the unique singularity of all things.

The New Real 2: Figure-Focused

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Curated by Sarah Wilson
August 2nd-September 20th, 2014

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present The New Real 2: Figure-Focused, a figurative photorealism exhibition curated by Tinney Contemporary Gallery Director, Sarah Wilson. A follow-up to Wilson's 2012 curatorial debut, this exhibition continues in the same vein as its predecessor by showcasing innovators in the contemporary realism genre with a roster of nationally and internationally known artists unparalleled in their technical skill yet lauded for their distinctive and arguably, defining, subject matter. Though varied in their specific choice of subject matter, the five featured artists (Eric Zener, Yigal Ozeri, Brian Tull, Ali Cavanaugh, and Kevin Peterson) are connected by their works' protagonists- the female figure.

The figures in the exhibited works range considerably in age, appearance, and demeanor, as well as in scale. In the front gallery Yigal Ozeri's romanticized, fantastical landscapes depict "beautiful youth" in nature alongside Eric Zener's hauntingly beautiful suspended swimmers and Brian Tull's sleek, graphic-oriented painting of a "femme fatale" receptionist from another time. In contrast, Ali Cavanaugh and Kevin Peterson's more intimately scaled works in the back gallery present the innocence and soft beauty of youth converging with the often dark awakening that comes with age.

These works do not merely replicate the "real world" though they are amazingly realistic in style. The immense power of these pieces results from the questions they beg of the viewer which ask not only of the artists' intentions but also of the intentions of the figures themselves- What is their emotional state? What is their psychological state? What is their fate?

By allowing the figure to dominate their paintings both visually and conceptually, Zener, Ozeri, Tull, Cavanaugh, and Peterson create works that boldly challenge the notion of photorealism as a genre plagued by a lack of complexity. On the contrary, their captivating portraits demand a psychological connection from the viewer, breathing life into their subjects by deftly blurring the line between illusion and reality.

ARTIST BIOS:

Eric Zener is an American photorealist artist best known for figure paintings of lone subjects, often in or about swimming pools. Zener is a self-taught artist. His paintings, mostly in oil, are in a photorealist or "super-realist" style Zener describes as "Contemporary Renaissance". The subjects in Zener's paintings are voyagers and seekers of truth. Often alone or in a dream, they vulnerably explore their inner self and their quest for meaning. Zener uses our relationship with water, nature and each other as a metaphor for personal transformation, refuge and renewal. The quiet landscape of a body of water or a beckoning field provides both a literal and psychological place of discovery and confession; or simply a metaphoric snapshot for an ideal state of being. The lone figure immersed in water illustrates the constant force and changing tides in our lives. Above the surface we may appear to be together and unaffected, however below the surface, subconsciously, we are in a constant state of transformation and illumination. It is Zener's intention that the journey is hopeful and the ending enlightening.

Zener's work has been exhibited in the United States, and internationally, for over 20 years. His solo exhibition history has largely been with his long-standing dealers in San Francisco and New York. Additionally numerous shows in Asia, Australia, Europe and other galleries in the US have been part of this artist's curriculum. His work has been featured and reviewed extensively in art magazines and other publications. Apart from gallery representation his work has also been included in museum shows and international residency programs. Currently he is represented in NY, CA, NM, MA, TN and Hong Kong.

New York City based Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri is best known for his large-scale cinematic portraits of young women in vast transcending landscapes. His photo-realistic oil paintings convey the spirit of his subjects in a grand array of natural settings: from abundant rain forests to dreary deserts. Thousands of tiny brushstrokes animate his lifelike paintings, giving way to a remarkable realism, distinct beauty, and seductive power. Ozeri seizes fleeting moments and gives them life. As a result, the viewer is compelled to gaze into the allegorical domain between reality and fantasy. Ozeri has shown extensively around the world including solo exhibits in Bologna, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, France, Denmark, and Munich. His work is included on the cover and in the book Photorealism and the Digital Age. He is currently in a traveling show titled 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Painting that was showcased in a number of venues including: Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, and Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao. He is also in the permanent collections of: The Whitney Museum of American Art, The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, The Jewish Museum in New York, The New York Public Library, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles, and the Albertina in Vienna, among others. He lives and works in New York City. 

Brian Tull is a Nashville-based, self taught, photorealist painter. His strategically cropped paintings are sometimes confrontational and often feature the female figure as protagonist, giving the viewer a subtle glimpse into the characters' lives. Usually leaving you wondering what's just beyond the edges, you might find yourself squinting to see what's being reflected in the gleaming chrome in some of his pieces. The compositions range from graphic-oriented realism with images rich in unmixed color and bound by hard edges, to true photorealism using original photographs as source material. Staging the photograph for the painting reference is essential, as he rarely changes anything throughout the painting process Everything must be period correct.

Tull says he is pulled to photorealism because it makes the viewer notice things they wouldn't notice in real time, especially with his work being large-scale and detailed. A painting freezes movement, reflections. Photorealism is a well-suited vehicle for capturing moments that occur with little notice, but are nonetheless revealing in their narrative. Painting in this style forces Tull as the artist to look beyond the subject matter; to just let a face be an object, or a car just a block of color. In the end, the story will be seen and told.

Ali Cavanaugh was born in St. Louis in 1973 and has worked as a professional artist for 19 years. Her compositions are strong and intuitive, thanks not only to being a wife and mother but also to the variations in her experience-such as hearing loss-that made her adapt to and recreate the world around her. Cavanaugh developed a process best described as modern fresco, where she applies watercolor to plaster panels; her figures often are accentuated by stark white negative spaces. Fascinated by the dichotomy of the seen and unseen in the human condition...body and soul...Cavanaugh's art brings to light the complexity within contemplation. Her signature poetic titles are part of this engaging discourse.

She has had 40+ solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the U.S. Cavanaugh's art has been featured in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, New American Paintings no.88, American Art Collector (cover artist), American Artist Watercolor, Watercolor Artist magazine, Southwest Art magazine, International Artist magazine, Art Calendar magazine (cover artist), and The Daniel Smith Art Supply Catalogue. Perhaps because of her work's infectious energy combined with deep reflection, her collectors are particularly devoted. Her work has received extensive recognition and is featured in more than 400 private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Canada, England, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Singapore, and Australia. She now lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and four children.

Kevin Peterson's work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It's about growing up and living in a world that is broken. His paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world. Support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack are all themes that he often visits. His work deals with isolation, loneliness and longing teamed with a level of optimistic hope. Issues of race and the division of wealth have arisen in Peterson's recent work. This work deals with the idea of rigid boundaries, the hopeful breakdown of such restrictions, as well as questions about the forces that orchestrate our behavior. Kevin Peterson studied art at Austin College in Sherman, TX where he received his BFA in 2001. Kevin now makes his home in Houston, TX where he works out of Winter Street Studios.

William Klein + Daido Moriyama Selections from Tate Modern

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Guest curated by Susan Sherrick
June 25-July 26, 2014

Opening reception: July 5th, 6 to 9 pm

This exhibition takes a look at the relationship between William Klein, one of the most influential fashion and street photographers of our time, and Daido Moriyama, the most important Japanese photographer to emerge from the Provoke movement of the 1960's. 

With images that were made between the mid 1950's through the late 1970's, the exhibition explores both artist's affinity for using natural light to make grainy, blurred and out of focus photographs, trademarks of their work, while showing their own distinct stripped down version of the street and urban life.

Between 1956-1960 William Klein published a four-volume book set on street photography each devoted to a different International capital: Rome, New York, Tokyo and Moscow. Moriyama who has widely spoken on how Klein has played a major influence on his work, studied these books. While Klein's images tend toward a more energetic nature, Moriyama's lean more towards the  gritty and erotic.

William Klein (b.1928) was born and raised in New York City. He moved to Paris in 1948 to study painting under Fernand Leger. A number of years later during a show of his paintings in Italy he met Alexander Lieberman of Vogue who encouraged him to come back to New York and work as a fashion photographer. He used the money he made shooting for Vogue and other fashion publications to finance his paintings and filmmaking projects. He lives and works in Paris.

Daido Moriyama (b.1938) was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. He moved to Tokyo in 1961 where he still lives and works. After moving to Tokyo he became involved with a group of left wing photographers who were responsible for breaking in a new era in Japanese photography, that moved away from the conservative and focused more on radical content.  They founded the magazine Provoke which ran for 3 issues between 1968-69. This is when Moriyama became infamous for his blurry, rough, out of focus images. He has also sighted Jack Kerouac as a major influence on his work.

In October 2012, Tate Modern London opened a major, joint retrospective of their work. Many of the images included in that exhibition are included in this show at Tinney. Both artists have been widely published and have been exhibited world-wide. Their work can be found in many, major museum institutions including: Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty, Los Angeles, The Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. 

All images ©William Klein, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, © Daido Moriyama / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo; Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York and Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation, Tokyo

Continuum

New Work by Carol Mode
May 3-June 21, 2014

Opening Reception: May 3rd, 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: June 7th, 6-9 pm

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present CONTINUUM- New Work by Carol Mode. CONTINUUM is an exhibition that expresses what is foundational - as well as progressive - in Mode's artistic development. Starting with a desire to 'know what's happening' in contemporary terms, plus what's simultaneously going on in the 'art world, Mode finds her way through unpredictable passages of pure process.   What results is far from twentieth-century abstraction, overly structured by design or else free from intention.

Art today is either shuffling through information or else highly performative- Mode's work responds to the indeterminate clashes between power and control.  The images mostly shift from subtle to bold, in colors which the artist creates through endless experimentation. Eventually there appears a range of personal preferences along with expressive surfaces that seem to be reflections of Mode's life in the studio as tempered by deep concern for what lies beyond.

Looking back on her experience in Rome while a visiting artist at The American Academy, Mode's interest in scale relationships has grown. Since then she has been challenged by large-scale commissions, such as the 15-foot long piece installed in the Music City Center. For her exhibition at Tinney Contemporary Mode has combined paintings ranging from large square formats similar to Roman murals, to the smaller and more intimate treatments of singular surfaces, or style variations, for their own sake. 

Carol Mode was born in St. Louis, Missouri and received her BFA degree in Painting at Washington University.  Early in her career she worked at Cheekwood Museum of Art, and later taught at Belmont University. Mode has been the recipient of artist residencies at  the Christoph Merian Foundation in Basel (Switzerland), the Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico, and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.  She was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. 

Over the years Mode has presented her work abroad as well as in the USA. Mode's work been curated into numerous museum exhibitions including "The Fragile Species" at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the "Brooks Perspectives" at Memphis' Brooks Museum, a solo exhibition at the Watertower Museum (Louisville), plus both the "Tennessee Abstract Painters" (Nashville) and "Today's Visual Language: Southern Abstraction: A Fresh Look" (Mobile).  She has been curated into scores of exhibitions throughout the nation and abroad, along with over 20 solo shows. In addition, her work has twice been chosen for publication in the "New American Paintings", while being awarded and repeatedly exhibited by SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference). Mode lives and works in Nashville, TN. 

Cactus Petals, Fluctuating Asymmetry, and Crimes of Passion

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New Work by Carlos Gomez de Francisco
March 22-April 26, 2014

Opening Reception: April 5th, 6-9 pm

Across the Arts Fashion Week Event: April 4th, 7 pm

"I die innocent of all the crimes laid to my charge; I Pardon those who have occasioned my death; and I pray to God that the blood you are going to shed may never be visited on France. "  (Louis XVI)

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Cactus Petals, Fluctuating Asymmetry, and Crimes of Passion- Work by Carlos Gamez de Francisco.  The Cuban-borne artist's first solo exhibition in Nashville showcases his remarkable talent in a wide array of artistic mediums ranging from photography, oil painting, watercolor, and even video.  To dare enter into the entangled universe of Carlos Gamez de Francisco is both simultaneously astonishing and challenging.  The characters portrayed by Gamez de Francisco are creations that, through archetypes patiently built by the artist, reveal the dark spaces where vital philosophical problems coexist beyond any historical reference, highlighting essential traits of human nature such as, arrogance, selfishness, greed, stubbornness and triviality.  These complex issues are exemplified through Gamez de Francisco's Louis XVI series, wherein he uses figures with highly stylized Louis XVI era costumes as an acute allegory, likening Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette's failed escape attempt and resulting imprisonment to the imminent need for change in Cuban society.

Immigrating to the United States from Cuba at the age of twenty-one, Gamez de Francisco's arrival in Louisville in 2009 has profoundly impacted the work he has since produced. His internship at the Museum of Muhammad Ali, where he worked for a year, opened the doors to the controversial universe of Louis XVI. Soon, the inexperienced King, wasteful and eccentric, whose death symbolized the end of the French monarchy and the beginning of the revolution in the midst of the terror that characterized France during those years, became the central motif in his work.

The image of the last bourbon monarch who ruled France became an icon for the thirst for power, decadence and extravagant lifestyle that came at the cost of the people he represented. Gamez de Francisco appropriates the wardrobe and the portrait as symbols of both power and opulence. The patterns of fashion, largely dictated by the strict laws of wardrobe from the Court of Versailles, mark an iron distinction between classes and are observed to the extreme detail in each of his canvases and photographs. These psychological portraits of courtesan life mark an interest in the confrontation between the haughty attire and the interior fragility of the characters, using fashion and its flaws as a means of seducing the spectator and then making them conscious.

Carlos Gamez de Francisco was born in 1987 in Holguin, Cuba and now lives in Louisville, Kentucky.  As a fine artist, film-maker and illustrator of books, he has received numerous awards and has exhibited extensively nationally, and in Cuba and Spain. His 2011 solo exhibition, "Cuban Now", took place at the 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.  Following the exhibition, the 21C Museum purchased a large number of his pieces for the museum's permanent collection. Gamez de Francisco's works are also in the Polanco collection in Havana, Cuba as well as private collections in the United States, Spain, Cuba, Ecuador, Italy, Argentina, Costa Rica and Mexico. 

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Nashville Fashion Week joins forces with 5th Avenue of the Arts to announce an evening of fashion-inspired art and runway shows presented by Opry Mills on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

The evening begins with a cocktail hour hosted by three 5th Avenue of the Arts galleries, The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, and Tinney Contemporary, who will each showcase artistic works inspired by fashion. The Arts Company will feature artists Devin Crane, Tres Taylor and Lillie Taylor; The Tymer Gallery will feature artists Celeste Rapone Marcus Durkheim, and Herb Williams; The Tinney Contempory will feature artist Carlos Gamez de Francisco.

Following the cocktail hour, the event will move outside for headlining runway shows on 5th Avenue. Guests will enjoy the Fall 2014 collections from Amanda Uprichard presented by Stacey Rhodes Boutique, Samantha Pleet, Skif International in collaboration with Saint Louis Fashion Week, SW3 Bespoke presented by Gus Mayer, and Vaute Couture. 

General admission tickets for Friday evening are on sale for $50 at  NowPlayingNashville.com. General admission tickets will increase to $75 on Monday, March 24. All Access passes are also now on sale. Nashville Fashion Week will be held April 1-5, 2014 in venues across the city.

Luminous

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New Work by Tom Brydelsky
January 25-March 15, 2014

Opening Reception: February 1st, 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: March 1st, 6-9 pm 

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Luminous- The Encaustic Work of Tom Brydelsky. Brydelsky's mixed-media encaustic paintings are an investigation into the nature of perception, memory, and the living environment.  Composition, atmosphere, and the unique settings he encounters all contribute to these works. 

Initially, using a series of photographs he has taken, Brydelsky manipulates a picture digitally, incorporating various textures and colors to re-invent the feeling that a particular environment or object evoked.  The resulting image is printed using archival inks and paper, mounted onto a wood panel and becomes the base for an encaustic painting.  The translucent quality of encaustic directly applied to the surface augments whatever atmospheric condition the image holds. In addition, it is a media that allows for a broad range of surface textures and, by its very nature, speaks of the fragility of life and memory.

Born in 1957, Tom Brydelsky lives in New York. His works have appeared in galleries, art fairs and non-profit spaces throughout the U.S. and Europe and are included in many public and private collections.

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In the rear gallery: 
Off the Page - Work by Kathryn Dettwiller 

Kathryn Dettwiller has always considered herself to be a two-dimensional artist but from time to time she finds herself literally "going off the page." Her Off the Page exhibition at Tinney Contemporary features works that are assemblages which combine various materials with other media, usually beeswax, as well as mixed media paintings with sculptural elements. 

A Nashville-based artist, Kathryn Dettwiller has been producing art, teaching and working as an arts advocate for over fifty years. Though raised in a different time, Dettwiller says she finds herself living in a culture that is constantly changing and redeveloping itself. As an artist, what she creates tends to reflect her inner sense of this world. It is within this context she addresses issues of identity, culture, frailty and vulnerability. Ultimately, Dettwiller's desire is to nurture a connection between her art and those who find meaning in the visual forms she has created.