November 6th- December 5th
Opening reception November, 14, 6-9pm
Track 13, Cummins Station
209 Tenth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
COOP is proud to announce Gazing Inland, an exhibition that brings together painters from across the United Sates who have focused on the landscape as an armature for larger ideas. This exhibition will be hosted by Track 13, Cummins Station and will be on view from November 6th- December 5th, 2015. In contrast to the Hudson River landscapes of past generations that reflect grandiosity and the Sublime through sacred distance, these contemporary painters relate more to painters such as Arthur Dove, Charles Burchfield, and Joseph Yoakum (to name a few)- still referencing the mystical, spiritual, or cerebral- but in a manner that feels more playful, attainable, and personal.
While each of these artists address the landscape tradition with their own idiosyncratic point of view, they all utilize imagery related to the land as a means to talk about something deeper. These artists bring many different ideas to the table such as: addressing “American” portraiture through landscape, creating compressed space and time as a means for simplicity, expressing an internal supernatural, reflecting the ways that memory gives way to multiple realities, and how painting relates to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In doing so, each artist’s work asks us to consider new ways of thinking about “landscape painting” and the possibilities of how landscape can be used to play with new approaches to painting as well as speak to a variety of contemporary issues.
This exhibition is curated by CAMPFIRE: a subgroup of the curatorial collective, COOP in Nashville, TN. CAMPFIRE is a group of artists and curators focused on contemporary painting and its polymorphous terrain.
More about the artists:
RACHEL BUDDE lives and works in Nevada City, CA. Budde received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 2006 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2011. Her artistic practice has gone beyond the medium of paint and into her work as an herbalist. Budde infuses the cliché of the Earth Goddess with more sinister and unpredictable dimensions as reflected in the Cheshire grin of the Trickster to re-envision the earth goddess in a more active, if not paradoxical, role.
MARIEL CAPANNA is an artist currently residing in Los Angeles who uses oil paint and fresco to explore her interest in the aesthetics of regionalism, the history of the American landscape, and the horizon line as a symbolic form. She received her BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2012 and was awarded the Cresson Travel Scholarship. In 2013 she received a grant from the Kittredge Fund that supported her year-long road trip across the U.S. She was awarded an Independence Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship in 2014, which allowed her to spend four months studying fresco painting techniques and Early Renaissance art history in Florence, Italy.
MATTHEW FISHER lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and has exhibited across the US, most recently a solo show at Sardine, Brooklyn, NY. He has been the recipient of residencies at Yaddo (2007, 2015), Sarasota Springs, NY; Millay Colony for the Arts (2005), Austerlitz, NY; and the Vermont Studio Center (2005), Johnson, VT. Matthew’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, Time Out London, New American Paintings, and Art Papers. He was awarded a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting. He holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.
ELLIOTT GREEN was born in Michigan in 1960. He went to New York City when he was 21 and lived there for 24 years. Ten years ago he moved to a small town situated between the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River. Along the way he received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and the Rome Prize in 2011.
SHARA HUGHES lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include Far Out at American Contemporary and Guess You Had To Be There at MOCA in Atlanta, Georgia. Hughes’ work was also exhibited in Don’t Tell Anyone But… at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center and Shara Hughes, Drawings at Metroquadro in Rivoli, Italy. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. Hughes has had residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Working Artist Project at MOCA, Georgia and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She received the Fellowship Award from Vermont Studio Center and the Florence Leif Painters Award from the Rhode Island School of Design.
JJ MANFORD is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, in 2006, and his MFA from Hunter College in 2013. He has exhibited in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, London, and recently had a solo show, entitled “The Brink of Utterance“, at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY. and a two person exhibition at Freight and Volume, with Max Razdow, entitled “Through Every Leaf.” JJ is a co-founder of the Brooklyn based artist collective Underdonk, and has organized projects independently, which have been featured in Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, and The Huffington Post.
DUSTIN METZ is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. He is a co- founder of Ms. Barber’s, an artist run gallery in LA. In 2012 Metz received an MFA from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University and his BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2007. His work has been featured in several group and solo shows in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Columbus, and Los Angeles.
KARLA WOZNIAK, a native of Berkeley, CA, received her MFA from the Yale School of Art. Her recent solo exhibitions include, The Valley Electric, Gregory Lind Gallery, This Weather Is Cosmic, Gregory Lind Gallery, and Magic Mountain, Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont, Burlington. Wozniak’s distinctions include a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (2011); participation in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program (2011); participation in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program (2009-10. Her work has been featured in a number of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Village Voice, and The Huffington Post, among others. Her work is included in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Knoxville Museum of Art permanent collections. Wozniak is currently an Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts.