March 7th – March 31, 2020
Opening March 7th 6-9pm
COOP is pleased to present the work of Danny R.W. Baskin, winner of COOP’s 2019 Open Call.
In his recent series, In the Garden at Night, Moses Dreams of Ribs, artist Danny R.W. Baskin presents a collection of vases and vessels crafted in fabric and thread. Informed by a unique blend of Art History, Jewish traditions, and Southern culture, Baskin creates works simultaneously familiar and uncanny. The organic countours of these soft forms disarm while offering a nuanced reflection on loss of community, death of both individuals or of tradition, and of loneliness. In deep blues and greys, the works allude to the indeterminate cusp between endings and new beginnings, between day and night; the gloaming. As the artist states, “To some this point of evening is an ending, to others it is a beginning. Just as death is the end of life for one, but the beginning of living without that person for everyone else.” In addition to the exhibtion of sculptural works, the artist will also be serving a meal to the public at the Opening Reception on March 7th during the Nashville Art Crawl.
Danny R.W. Baskin is an artist and arts organizer living in Northwest Arkansas. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Arkansas School of Art. His work has been presented throughout the United States and often provides food and other interactive content to audience members. Baskin is co-founder of FEAST gallery and works as Exhibitions Coordinator for Crystal Bridges. He was the lead curator for the Arkansas Artist Work Enrichment program in 2017 and recently completed the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship program through the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. He frequently works with partner Lee Byers on projects that incorporate community building, conversation, and collaboration.
Find more of Baskins work and ongoing projects at www.dannyrwbaskin.com