5 for 5, New Members, New Work: Jana Harper, Chris Lavery, Ariel Lavery, Rob Matthews, Vadis Turner, November 2015

November 7th –  29th, Opening reception on November 7th, 6-9pm

COOP Gallery is pleased to present new work from five of its newest members:

Chris has created a sound/video work using found ecotourism videos that highlight the destruction of the Arctic polar ice cap and audio that is psychologically linked to the biologic instincts we carry when “hearing” danger. Rob’s work is about death and God. Sometimes separate. Sometimes together. Vadis has included work from a series of fabric scrap collages describing changing light over an 18 hour period. Ariel uses found objects to create idiosyncratic gestures that communicate the futility and inescapability of nostalgia. Jana Harper is showing images from a body of work where she photographed and catalogued the collecting methodologies of Sylvia Gray, the original proprietress of Elsewhere.

More about the Artists

Jana Harper

Jana Harper is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the themes and tensions between materiality and transcendence, chance encounters and human willfulness, relationships and connectivity, and the natural world and human acts of meaning making. Originally trained as a printmaker, Jana has a broad definition of what constitutes her practice. She divides her time between teaching, research, and creative activity: working both individually and in collaborative settings.




Chris Lavery

Christopher M. Lavery is a sculptor who lives in Murray, KY and Nashville, TN.  His work explores themes of mythology, hoaxes, and environmental destruction and ranges from installation, public art, sculptural objects, sound, video, and digital technology.  Christopher’s work has been exhibited nationally/internationally and his project Cloudscape was recently recognized by The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network.

He is a practitioner of a profession that is able to ask questions, as a basis for its objective reality, creating works that reflect his personal questionings/observations of the world. Christopher is an artist who puts into his practice visual art as a philosophical way of living, stating that an “Art practice in the postmodern era is questionable and undeniably dysfunctional due to the nature of equal sensibilities developed towards undefined or lost humanitarianism.”



Ariel Lavery

Ariel Lavery graduated Magna Cum Laude with her BFA from the University of Colorado Boulder (2007) and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (2013). She has exhibited extensively nationally and has work in private collections in Vermont, Colorado and Kentucky. She has curated and juried exhibitions in Main, Massachusetts and Tennessee. She is a recent recipient of the Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Watkins College of Art in Nashville, TN.



Rob Mathews

Rob Matthews works primarily in drawing and painting. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Matthews is currently represented by Daniel Cooney Fine Art in NYC and Gallery Joe in Philadelphia, PA. His work can be found in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the deYoung Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Website: http://www.matthewstheyounger.com


Vadis Turner

Turner has exhibited across the US and abroad including the Brooklyn Museum, National Gallery in Prague, Andy Warhol Museum, Bass Art Museum, Hunter Museum of American Art, Islip Art Museum, National Museum of Trinidad and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 21C Museum, Tennessee State Museum, Kentucky Arts and Crafts Museum and the Egon Schiele Art Centrum. From 2013-2015, Turner was an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design, Materials for the Arts and Wythe Hotel in New York City. She currently lives and works n Nashville, TN.