Crawl Space: October 2021 | Visual art


Ironworks corps, Margaret Hull

We know a lot of you have been drinking cider and watching creepy seasonal streams since the kids went back to school. But technically, with last week’s fall equinox, we’ve just stepped into fall – and that means the art openings on the first Saturday in October mark the official start of the 2021 fall art season in Nashville. And what a promising start it is. There’s also big news on a popular local gallery moving from Nashville to Chattanooga.


Coop opens Margaret Hull‘S Cottage Corps on Saturday night. It’s an exhibition of textile art that touches on fashion, domesticity and environmental awareness, and it seems like a worthy sequel to Coop’s September exhibition, Nick Fagans grander Work and their lost souls. Fagan’s exhibition showed a selection of found movable ceilings, which the artist painted and exhibited like stretched canvases and tapestries. Cottage Corps also uses found materials, which the artist transforms into patchwork blouses in various scales based on a specific pattern from the McCall Pattern Company. The blouse pattern 8616 was created in 1983 through a license agreement with the celebrity model and actor Brooke Shields. A 15-year-old Shields debuted her infamous Calvin Klein designer jeans ad in 1980, and by 1983 she was already a fashion icon and a movie star. McCall Pattern Company still sells sewing patterns – although making clothes at home is often more of a niche hobby today than a useful endeavor, as it traditionally was in the mid-20th century. Hull’s exhibition is about female housewives of that era and their work, but it also talks about the viral cottage core aesthetic, as it’s known, that creates online communities, makes sustainable art – even the colonial associations of chintz fabrics. It’s a very ambitious show that hangs on the tiny shoulders of a 1980s blouse, and we’re excited to see this during Coop’s opening reception – it’s 6pm to 9pm on Saturday

Wayne White wins the award for the best exhibition title this month: Radio Magic Eightball at Julia Martin Gallery is a reference to a game the white clan developed to entertain themselves on long road trips. The name of the game refers to the Magic 8-Ball fortune telling toy, which is still made by Mattel. The radio version of fortune telling practice goes like this: Tune the car radio to an AM talk show. Turn down the volume. Ask a question about the future. Turn the radio back on for a glimpse. Wash. Repeat. White claims that the responses the game evokes can seem surprisingly meaningful, and this practice of fading in and out words and phrases spoken out of context is the inspiration for his most famous paintings. White recontextualizes the phrases he collects into the brightly colored block letters he paints on the surfaces of found landscape prints and paintings from thrift shops. Critics understandably draw connections to Ed Ruscha’s text-centric work, but White mostly manages to own familiar elements by employing a strange mix of down-to-earth absurdity and turning the green serenity of orphaned landscape scenes into ironic and iconic works of art. . Loney Hutchins Sr. will be performing a set at 6 p.m., and White himself will be with a three-piece band called. appear Username Password on the veranda of the gallery at 7.30 a.m.

Channel to channel To be continued Gavin Benjamin and Omari Booker‘S Cultural portraits in October. In our fall guide, we predicted that this exhibition would be an fall highlight, and now that we have seen the exhibition, it is important to note that Booker’s exceptional contributions to the exhibition are a culmination of the local painter’s work. We’d also like to share the bittersweet news that Channel to Channel will be leaving Nashville for Chattanooga after the 2021 schedule is completed. One of the great ironies of the pandemic era is that many art galleries – including Channel to Channel – have thrived on virtual exhibitions that have resulted in widespread online sales. Channel to Channel has grown from an art studio that exhibited in the days leading up to the May hosiery building’s renovation into one of the best galleries in town. Gallery owner Dustin Hedrick was interested in moving the gallery to a larger space, and property prices and the recent birth of his first child made moving to Chattanooga the best option for the gallery and his family. Hedrick is still toying with the idea of ​​having gallery space in both Chattanooga and Nashville, and the gallery manager Lina Silvers is already planning local pop-up projects under the curatorial banner of Channel to Channel. It’s a huge loss to Nashville’s gallery scene – but ironically, it’s also another example of how resilient Nashville’s galleries have proven to be after more than a year of literally life-threatening challenges.


“Amazon River”, Jorge Yances


Chauvet art will continue his group exhibition Balance: order and chaos in their main room in October, but the secondary “Cavern” gallery is going to get a spooky makeover with a selection of Halloween-inspired art and looping projections from vintage horror films. The gallery also offers a full month of film programming for guests who want to immerse themselves in the spirit of the spooky season and away from their screens and streaming services. The gallery’s range of films includes cult classics such as The Tinger, the home invasion thriller Lady in the cage, the original 1956 version of Invasion of the body eater and the zombie classic by George Romero Night of the Living Dead. Visit for dates, tickets and times. The gallery is open for the crawl on Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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