Various Positions : New Members, January 7-31, 2017

COOP Gallery is proud to present Various Positions, an exhibition of multidisciplinary work by three of COOP’S newest members. Each year COOP invites local and newly transplanted artists to join its ranks in recognition of the seriousness of their work and their commitment to fostering Nashville’s artist community. This latest installment attests to the vitality of that commitment and the dynamism of our local arts community

Michael Dickins’ series of etchings, Conflicted, are influenced by Francisco de Goya’s Disasters of War series and currently includes 13 plates. Created with laser-etched Plexiglas plates, the prints features imagery derived from video stills of current Middle Eastern conflicts from videos uploaded via social media outlets.

Mary Addison Hackett’s video, THE PROPHET, was filmed as part of another piece last spring, but in response to the 2016 election outcome, Hackett began working on a series of hand-painted name tags identifying various states of helplessness and empowerment. In placing the video alongside the installation of name tags, she offers a reading of our current political climate.

KJ Schumacher presents a selection from an ongoing body of work created using studio remnants juxtaposed on a clear vertical or horizontal substrate. These works elaborate on the studio process and build upon a belief that the physical mark holds an intrinsic importance in human experience.


More about the artists:

Michael Dickins is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is created with a variety of media including photography, printmaking, drawing, installation, sound and video. His balance of both digital and material processes allows him to create pieces that are both expressive and engaging, currently creating work that engages political and social concerns. Dickins holds an MFAIA from Goddard College and a BFA from Georgia Southern University. As interdisciplinary artist, Dickins has exhibited around the Southeast as well as Augusta, ME; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; San Diego, CA; Portland, OR; Berlin, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey. He has twice been a featured artist at {Re}Happening at Black Mountain College, and has received commissions from the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company for original sound score and projection design. His most recent curated exhibition, SOUND, just concluded at the Crisp Ellert Museum at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. Dickins currently lives in Clarksville, Tennessee and is the Director of Galleries for the Department of Art and Design at Austin Peay State University.


Mary Addison Hackett approaches day-to-day life as a means of ongoing investigation. Her autobiographical practice includes painting, video, experimental and documentary filmmaking, and often combines performancebased work with wry humor, philosophical inquiry, and feminist overtones. Her work has been exhibited in and screened widely in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Houston, Atlanta, and internationally in Berlin, Prague, and Rotterdam. She is a 2016 Hambidge fellow and has been awarded project grants by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and P.O.V. Television & The American Documentary Inc. Her work has been critically reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and numerous other publications. Hackett earned her MFA in Studio Art/Video from The University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in Painting from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is represented by Marcia Wood Gallery.


KJ Schumacher is a multidisciplinary artist working in Nashville, TN. He received a B.A. in Fine Art from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and studied as an undergraduate at Parsons School of Design in Paris. He received a MFA from the Transart Institute (New York and Berlin) and Plymouth University (UK) in 2016. His praxis consists of making and collecting marks and objects, and re-presenting them in made and found situations – inside and outside the studio. Schumacher collects source material from studio remnants and by way of a generative methodology of chance-based selections. Gallery affiliations include David Lusk Gallery in Tennessee and Aran Cravey Gallery, Los Angeles.