Check out the Connector blog at Locate Arts to read an interview in conjunction with Eyes like Enemies in which I ask painters to weigh in on BIG questions related to painting and the "political".
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 finally gets and Instagram account!! Better late than never! Follow @dadueast, next show is coming up May13th!
Thanks for the mention Mark Scala in his essay in Nashville Arts Magazine!
Preview and BUY prints for the Coop Gallery Fundraiser!
I have been a part of Coop Gallery since the beginning in 2010, so what fun for DADU to get to host our fundraiser to bring great paintings to Nashville.
All works are $40, donated by the artists. Come buy one before I get them all.
From the Tennesseean- full text
-Next up is DADU — a pop-up gallery situated behind the home of artist Jodi Hays at 1203 B Forrest Ave. — where local artists and COOP collective members will be selling work priced at $40 or less in an special effort to fund an upcoming fall exhibit exploring the current state of painting in the U.S. Artists include Karen Seapker, Rob Matthews, Robert Scobey, Paul Collins, Jodi Hays, Alex Blau, Nick Hay and many more.
Installment 2: Studio visit with artist and curator, Jodi Hays.
A documentary directed, filmed, and edited by Mary Addison Hackett.
The Studio Visit shorts are a current personal project of artist/filmmaker, Mary Addison Hackett, and are an extension of her studio practice. They are a series of micro-documentaries that focus on contemporary artists and cultural spaces in the South and beyond.