Pop-ups from June 2015-present
February 2020: Dadu and Jodi Hays included in Space Case, a show at Lab Space in HIllsdale, NY highlighting artist-run projects in the Southeast, curated by Julie Torres and Ellen Letcher
photo: Pocket, spray paint on pieced canvas over panel, 8 x 6, Jodi Hays, 2020
Artist-Run spaces, especially like Dadu, run out of an artists studio, are infinite labors of love. We do, we contribute, we do it again, we keep on. Thanks to Julie and Ellen for picking up what we are throwing down here in the Southeast.
Word has it that there will be a "sisterwalkers" mural, and Octavia Butler quote mural, and a collaborative art show with Jodi Hays and kids! September 14th Alley Crawl and art show to encourage supporting local artists and experience the alleys of East Nashville in a new way. Meet your neighbors, move a trash can, see some art!
Purchase a $50 painting to support the Red Country project (Kickstarter)!
Reacting to the 2016 presidential election, SB is making a series of small works on paper for each red state she visits (that's Tennessee in October!). They're called "postcards" because they are approximately 4" x 6" images that represent a place.
Come for a BBQ and opening, Friday, October 5th, 4-7pm before the Wedgewood Houston Art Crawl.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2018
EAST NASHVILLE, TN – Dadu is pleased to present the collaborative work of John Ros and
Jodi Hays in an project titled, Correspondent, from February 9-16, 2018. A variety of programs will be included within this exhibit; potlucks, house shows, happy hours, critiques, studio visits and sketchbook breaks. The queue of events will be made available on our website once programming is finalized.
Regardless of where you may fall on the political spectrum, there is one thing we can agree on: these are difficult times. The ability to converse with someone you disagree with in a cordial and productive way has been lost in the technological age. We might think the information age has made us smarter or more involved, in some ways, it has. But we are also more isolated and insular as algorithms provide us with desirable information while we hide behind screens and comment anonymously on the world. In a world of over-saturated sound-bites, instant likes or dislikes, faceless bullying and finger-pointing, how can we come together to face the larger issues at hand affecting us all?
Artists have always used a variety of tools to define the cultural milieu. As we build further into our contemporary visual vernacular and participate using seemingly more exposure, what is our true mark? And how will our contributions hold up against time?
An exciting collaboration between artists John Ros and Jodi Hays has occurred over the past ten years through galleryELL in New York City and more recently Dadu. The two regularly discussed art-making and brought a variety of events and exhibitions to the artist-run, DIY art space when it was in its relative (contemporary) infancy. Prompted by the current political and cultural climate, Ros and Hays decided to work together using simple physical materials and the United States Postal Service. The back and forth not only confronts the immediacy of our contemporary moment, but it brings the conversation back to the physically-tangible. The resulting pieces are only part of the work. Much of the interactions between the two artists, the receiving, working on, and shipping of the work, becomes an important part of the collaboration.
John Ros (b. 1978, New York, New York) currently lives and works in New York City and
Harrisonburg, Virginia. He received an MFA from Brooklyn College, City University of New York and a BFA from the State University of New York at Binghamton. John is an Assistant Professor of Art at James Madison University’s School of Art, Design and Art History, where he also serves as the Director and Chief Curator of the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art. John is also the founder and director of studioELL.
Eyes Like Enemies: New work by Mark Brosseau and Brian Edmonds
East Side Project Space, Dadu Pop-up, Curator: Jodi Hays
507 Hagen Street, Nashville
Reception, Sat. Oct 7th (WeHo Art Crawl)
Rilke wrote: 'These trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it too increased. -Gaston Bachelard, Poetics of Space
This exhibition brings together two painters whose work adds to the discourse on abstraction and the nature of painting. I have enjoyed thinking about their work in this context, at the Packing Plant, in a small room of east Side Project Space, sharing doors with neighbors and winding around an art-filled cabin. Their works force us to look inward, recalling memories of Crayola paint and Pong. These painters allow for an interiority to form between the work and the viewer, creating a triangulation of work/memory/viewer. Sight is not the only way to enter paintings; considerations of space, history and memory give the viewer a broader experience to bring to seeing/experiencing the work.
Alan Greenspan said (2008) of his misunderstanding of capitalism, “I discovered a flaw in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works.” Paintings by Brosseau and Edmonds occupy a place in abstraction that leans on titles, references discovery and relies on research that can belie an only-visual read. Edmond’s titles, for this show, are pulled from those that construct a narrative of darkness and interiority (Erasure, God Night, Attic Black). Brosseau’s paintings rely on language/titles speaking to spaces riddled with ambiguity (Toxic, Camouflaged, Disparate). Within the logic of making a painting, these two have found a system, flaws and all.
Dadu is happy to announce our first kids' art show and mural project unveiling! Joined by Nashville Classical Charter School art club 3rd graders and designer, Channing Bailey, Dadu is adding to the murals in the alley (further realizing an "alley art gallery" dream by neighbors).
Come hang for the Art Stumble, see the mural and more collaborative projects!
Channing Bailey is a Tennessee native, New York-based artist and designer. Heavily inspired by animation and manga, Channing is focused on leveraging technology and a variety of media to create a unique art style and repackage subcultural elements for the high-art market. He is the founder and managing partner of Channing and Company, an innovation studio specializing in brand identity, brand strategy, and creating immersive on-brand experiences.
Nashville Classical is a charter school in historic Lockeland Springs in East Nashville.