News Item: Mary Addison Hackett Installation at Seed Space

Mary Addison Hackett was awarded a residency at Hambidge Center where she recently completed a series of new work. Hackett will also be exhibiting a new project at Seed Space during the month of May.

Mary Addison Hackett
The Repair Project (And Other Affairs of Just Plain Living)
Seed Space
1201 4th Ave South, Nashville TN 37210
May 7 – June 6

The Repair Project (And Other Affairs of Just Plain Living) is a conceptual piece/socially engaged artwork in which Hackett mends items in need of repair as a starting point for a discussion about labor, use-value,and exchange. Hackett began the project in 2015 using her own items of clothing and linens that were worn or damaged. The result of the repairs is not invisible perfection, but instead a unique and useful mend that commemorates the original labor involved in the making of the item, whether it be mass-produced or handmade. By presenting the repair as a valuable action through her labor as an artist,

Hackett hopes to encourage others in similar activities to counterbalance overconsumption. For the project at Seed Space, Hackett’s mended work clothes will be on view during the exhibition. During the opening reception and gallery hours, Hackett will have a small workstation where she will sit and mend.
Visitors may bring in an item to be repaired on site or left for donation. At the end of the exhibit, there will be a closing reception celebrating the repairs. Through this exchange, members of the community will have an opportunity to participate in a reflective and accessible culturalexperience.

Mary Addison Hackett holds an MFA in Studio Art/Video from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has exhibited across the US and abroad, including solo shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York Nashville, and most recently, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta. Her short films have screened at festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including The New York Underground Film Festival, The Aurora Picture Show, and The Prague Independent Film Festival. Her work is included in several compilations and has been reviewed critically in the LA Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Burnaway, and other publications.

Recent honors include a project grant from The Tennessee Arts Commission and a residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences. Hackett is represented by Marcia Wood Gallery.

News Item: Clarissa Rose Peppers at The Farmers Florist


Having discovered plants as my something special to obsessively collect, I found it pleasingly relevant to show Bush Behind Fern at a local florist. These works juxtapose living plants with living parts in order to allow the tucked away aspects of the body to creep into an unexpected space.
-Clarissa Rose Peppers

News Item: Vadis Turner and Richard Feaster at University School Nashville

unnamed-1 Vadis Turner- Burn Pile

unnamed Richard Feaster- The Idle Race

Vadis Turner & Richard Feaster

April 7- May 2, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday April 7th, 5-7pm

University School of Nashville’s Tibbott Center Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Nashville artists Vadis Turner and Richard Feaster. Sharing the language of abstraction between them, this exhibit offers viewers the opportunity to consider both artists practices as they relate to one another in nuanced ways. Featuring hand-dyed and recycled layers of ribbon, clothing and bedding, Turner’s artworks transform the materials of traditional women’s work into radiant hybrids of the utilitarian and the abstract that are equal parts art and heirloom. Feaster’s paintings and works on paper pursue abstraction as an intimately coded language of mark-making and editing, producing works that invite the consideration of process and materiality in painting as a site for new modes of visual discovery.

The exhibition will open to the public with a reception on Thursday, April 7th from 5 – 7pm.

Vadis 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. In 2013 she was an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design and Materials for the Arts in New York. In 2014 she was the Artist in Residence at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. Turner was born in Nashville Tennessee. She received her BFA and MFA from Boston University.

Richard Feaster has shown his work nationally and internationally, including exhibits at the City University of New York, National Academy Museum, and the Cheekwood Museum of Art, and his artwork is included in many private and corporate collections.  He received a BFA in painting from Birmingham Southern College and a MFA in painting from Tulane University’s Newcomb College. In 1993, he attended the Skowhegan summer program in Skowhegan, Maine. Feaster is represented in Tennessee by Nashville’s Zeitgeist Gallery.


News Item: K.J. Schumacher at David Lusk Gallery



Fragments and a Game of Chance 

K.J. Schumacher

16 Feb- 19 March, 2016
OPENING: Sat 20 Feb, 6-8 pm

In mid-February, David Lusk Gallery-Nashville hosts its first solo exhibition of work by Nashville artist KJ Schumacher. Fragments and a Game of Chance showcases three related working processes pertaining to found mark manipulation. In the most basic sense, these abstract paintings and drawings are about recycling marks, whereas each mark is in itself a singular building block within a process of creation. In the famous sketchbook note, Jasper Johns instructs himself, ‘’Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.’’ Similarly, process is the generative engine that fuels Schumacher’s practice, but in this work it is structured within a series of games, rules, and strategies. Fragments and a Game of Chance is comprised of three such series: tape collages over photographs, chance-based paintings, and facsimile works. Schumacher focuses on making and collecting marks and objects, and representing them in made and found situations inside and outside the studio. This series elaborates on the studio process and builds upon a belief that the physical mark holds an intrinsic importance in human experience. Schumacher received a B.A. in Fine Art from the George Washington University in Washington and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. He is currently engaged in an MFA at the Transart Institute in New York and Berlin, to be completed in the summer of 2016. This is his first show at David Lusk Gallery.

David Lusk Gallery is located at 516 Hagan Street in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.
Gallery hours are Tu-Sa 11-5.

To check out some work from the Exhibition

COOP at the Satellite Show Miami this December


Meet you in Miami? COOP will be part of Tiger Strikes Asteroid’s Artist-Run at The Satellite Show Miami this December.

Dates: Dec 1-6, 2015
Location: Ocean Terrace Hotel, 7410 Ocean Terrace, Miami Beach, FL 33141Click here for visiting hours:

Artist Run was developed by Tiger Strikes Asteroid for art fair week in Miami this December. Artist-Run focuses on the artist-run space, a thriving alternate model of support, exchange, and community to the established commercial market. For Artist-Run Tiger Strikes Asteroid will bring together an international representation of nearly 40 of these initiatives in a repurposed hotel with each room will feature a different installation/environment by one of these groups.

For their entry Nashville’s COOP Curatorial Collective will present a multidisciplinary exhibition of works that together examine the texture of working­ artist relationships titled After Bacharach. This installation will pair the work of four artist­-couples in an overlapping environment to examine the formal and casual differences and connections between their methodologies and personal relationships. This project will comprise elements of video, sound, performance, installative drawn surfaces & painting, and cast natural objects by Virginia Griswold & Morgan Higby­ Flowers, Alex Blau and Paul Collins, Ariel and Christopher Lavery and Nick Hay and Clarissa Peppers.


Nick Hay and Clarissa Peppers' LoverbabiesStill from LOVERBABIES by Nick hay and Clarissa Peppers


News Item: COOP at SECAC Pittsburgh

TPMSDoorHang2up_425x11COOP is proud to present Turndown Service, a popup exhibition at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on Oct 22nd in the The Wyndham Grand.

The exhibition will include video, sound and sculptural works by Thomas Sturgill, Virginia Griswold, Barry Jones, Rocky Horton, McLean Fahnestock, Michael Dickins, Ron Lambert, Amelia Garretson-Persans with Tessa Greene O’Brien, Paul Collins, Derek Larson(This year’s SECAC Artist Fellow and former COOP exhibitor), and collaborative work by Jeff Schmuki and Wendy DesChene.

Turndown Service will take place Thursday, Oct 22, from 5-7pm in Pittsburgh’s Downtown Wyndham Grand Hotel. Room location TBA(check lobby for scattered Red Chicken stickers with day-of-event information) or contact Paul Collins at

See you in Pittsburgh!