Opening Reception Jan. 5, 6-9pm
COOP Gallery is pleased to present You Want Them to Notice, an exhibition of multidisciplinary work by the gallery’s newest members, Alejandro T. Acierto and Bradley Marshall. Each year COOP invites local and newly transplanted artists to join its ranks in recognition of the seriousness of their work and their significant contributions to Nashville’s artist community. This year’s show is indicative of the diverse range of media and conceptual approaches that contemporary artists engage with, and exemplifies COOP’s commitment to the greater visual arts dialogue within our local community.
Alejandro T. Acierto’s sound and software works trace the presence of the unseen through feedback systems and sonic phenomena. As part of a larger body of work that links the physical to time, queer bodies become a proxy through which a resistance to erasure can be explored through a critique of the visual. For this show, Acierto presents a set of cassette tape recordings of interacted feedback that fluctuate based on one’s physical relationship to the system.
Bradley Marshall’s images are part of an ongoing study of American masculinity and coming-of-age rituals. Looking to popular culture and counterculture, Marshall presents a series of laser-engraved photos of punk shows and “the crowd” as a means of observing tensions between alienation, intimacy, and violence within certain masculinity rituals.
More about the Artists
Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He is the Mellon Assistant Professor of Digital Art and New Media at Vanderbilt University, a 3Arts awardee, and has shown his work internationally at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, MCA Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago among others. A founding member of Ensemble Dal Niente, Acierto holds an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, and a BM from DePaul University.
Bradley Marshall (b. 1988) lives and works in Nashville, TN. He received his MFA from East Tennessee State University in 2018. He was a 2018 artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He worked for artist Mel Chin as studio assistant in 2016. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Austin Peay State University in the Department of Art & Design.