Dec 032013
 

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This Saturday’s two Nashville art crawls are packed with so many good things. First Saturday Art Crawl at the Arcade features T.I. participant Stephen Molyneux at the Space Gallery premiering his ”Cambodian Field Recordings” photography exhibit/sound installation. The Facebook event page says, “The images and sounds were captured on 35mm film and 1/4 inch tape in 2010 while Molyneux was living in Southeast Asia. Expect distant ancient rites of dawn, village sounds recorded from bicycle baskets, ensemble street performances, and wedding party music echoing through the ballroom of an abandoned mansion.”

At 40AU in the Arcade is Token: A Solo Exhibition by Emily Sue Laird. The Facebook event page says, “Balancing human-made materials – such as lace, felt, cotton, canvas, and velvet – with the fragile, transitory organic matter of mushrooms, paper, ink, wood, and moss, Emily invites participants to explore domestic elements through play and discovery. Felt leaves become placemats; mushrooms become shelves; fabric becomes forest; home becomes adventure.” The exhibition comments on art as a commodity, but I won’t spoil the fun with any further details. Just go see it, and you’ll soon understand.

Over at Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston‘s Ground Floor gallery, Erica Ciccarone and I are exhibiting a new installation called #openaccess. (Facebook event page here.) We’re constructing a 6 1/2 foot cube covered in white material. Inside the cube (but hidden to the audience) is Erica. She poses in front of a green screen in various costumes and scenarios, yet the audience never sees this. The sides of the cube merely reveal shadowy clues of what’s happening inside. What you DO see is projected on the front of the cube … pictures taken inside the cube minutes before … embedded inside social media posts. So the audience never sees what is happening live; they merely see the after effects on a time delay. The projected image shows a desktop full of web browser windows. Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc. The pages constantly update as the new images come through. While the work will be up all month, the live portion with Erica in the cube only happens Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m. #openaccess will also features new works from Mandy Brown, Heidi Martin Kuster and Janet Decker Yanez.

There will also be shows at Zeitgeist Gallery, Fort Houston and other Wedgewood/Houston spots. The wonderful art-heavy Porter Flea Market is concurrent at Track 1 just across the train tracks from Chestnut Square. (Details here.)

While not part of the two art crawls proper, but definitely in the spirit of the evening, East Studio on Gallatin Rd is exhibiting “Six Potters and a Painter.” The Facebook event page says, “East Nashville’s hidden gems – side-by-side clay workshops East Studio and Timothy Weber Pottery – open their doors to the public once a year for this holiday market. Featuring painting and pottery demonstrations and free Penny Drive penny pots to raise money for Second Harvest. Plus fine handmade pots and paintings by Russell Harris, Helen Hooper-Hirst, Kelly Kessler, Diana Naisby, Thurman Rivers, Donna Rizzo and Timothy Weber.”

Finish off the night by supporting a good cause and enjoying various interpretations of Tom Waits songs at the Five Spot. It’s the 8th Annual Tom Waits Tribute & Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Click the links for the various addresses and show times.

Nov 262013
 

My 13 week work project ended five weeks early, which means I finally had time to finish editing the Bring Your Own Beamer Nashville highlight video, posted below. I’m also including pictures from the show and links to some of the short films screened. If you’re one of the artists and your video is online, send me the link and I’ll post it.

 

Bring Your Own Beamer Nashville #2
September 7th, 2013 at Track One
Part of Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston

Organized by Tony Youngblood

Artists:
Mika Agari
Tim Carey
Liz Clayton Scofield
Dylan Ethier
Rhendi Greenwell
Josh Gumiela
Michael Hampton
Morgan Higby-Flowers
Megan Kelley & Stephen Zerne
Devin Lamp
Sarah McDonald
Brian Miles, Scott Sanders & Dave Shambam (Dig Deep Light Show)
Chris Murray
Antonia Oakes
Bill Vincent
Tony Youngblood

Works from the show:
Liz Clayton-Scofield It’s Not Terrible But I Don’t Like It
Josh Gumiela Untitled (Work in Progress)
Michael Hampton That’s All Folks

Footage of the show:
Devin Lamp
Tyler Blankenship
Skipp Frazier

The original Bring Your Own Beamer Nashville was organized by Adan De La Garza. It took place on April 27th, 2013 at Chestnut Square.

BYOB is an idea by Rafaël Rozendaal. The first edition of BYOB was initiated by Anne de Vries & Rafael Rozendaal in Berlin.

 

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Nov 242013
 

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For those staying in Nashville over Thanksgiving weekend, there’s a great experimental show happening at Betty’s Grill on Saturday, November 30th at 10pm, and it’s FREE. The event features Panama City experimental improv guitarist Scott Bazar with Brady Sharp . The show was set up by the other two bands on the bill: Buddhist Pill (Blake Edward Conley / Joseph Allred) and Skoolgirl (Stan Richardson). When Scott’s original gig fell through, Blake generously offered him a spot on his. Hats off to him.

Scott Bazar has been making multimedia art as early as 1988, performing with artists such as Paul Barker (Hermes Pan of Ministry), Duane Denison (Legendary Shack ShakersThe Jesus Lizard), La Donna Smith (Fred Lane & the Debonaires, editor of The-Improviser), Greg GinnTatsuya NakataniLloyd Kaufman and Killick. Scott founded Pico Dorado, an “improv arcade” where the contestants improvise to projected videos serving as graphic notation. Check out Scott’s work in the videos below.

Although the show is free, Brady may pass around a donation bucket for Scott, who is currently on tour. Support touring artists and donate what you can.

Buddhist Pill is the psych duo of Blake Edward Conley (Droneroom) and Joseph Allred (Poor Faulkner). Joseph performed an absolutely-stunning set of instrumental guitar and harmonium at Noa Noa earlier this month. (See video of the performance here.)

Skoolgirl is the experimental rock solo project of Stan Richardson II. See below for videos of all the acts.

If you’re a Facebook user, RSVP and find out more on the Facebook event page.

Scott Bazar

Pico Dorado Improv Arcade

Brady Sharp

Buddhist Pill

Skoolgirl

Scott Bazar w/ Brady Sharp, Skoolgirl, Buddhist Pill
November 30th, 2013, 10 p.m.
Free show, 21 and up, cash only.

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Nov 212013
 

Future Night

Mike Kluge’s incredible electronic art and music series Future Night is happening again on Saturday, November 23rd at Boheme Collectif. The show includes new art installations by Theatre Intangible participants Zach Adams (CMKT4, Nashville Robotic Philharmonic), Josh GumielaRobbie Lynn Hunsinger, Ryan HoganDevin LampMorgan Higby-Flowers and Tyler Blankenship. The Watkins University Company H artist collective will also exhibit works.

The music lineup features underground legend R. Stevie Moore, the talented experimental artist Dylan Ethier, the electronic rock band Nudity (who are finally getting the national exposure they deserve), Devin Lamp’s immersive 8-piece orchestral rock band The Ascent of Everest and the four-piece rock band Chalaxy.

If you happen to be a Facebook user, you can RSVP and find out more on the Facebook event page.

Here’s a video of the installations at a previous Future Night:

Future Night
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, 7 p.m.
$5, BYOB

@ Boheme Collectif
919 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN

Park in the Boheme lot or at Hairworld next door.