Artist Spotlight: Joel Daniel Phillips

posted by – 09/29/17 @ 12:47pm

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Joel Daniel Phillips began his career as a graphic designer, slowly shifting toward fine art.  He earned his BFA at Westmont in Santa Barbara with a focus on graphics. Although he entered the workforce as a designer, he spent his nights and weekends drawing until he could quit his job and make his own art for a living. Since then, his work has been exhibited across the United States and abroad.  He was a 3rd prize  winner of a National Portrait Gallery Competition, has shown work in the Tacoma Art Museum, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, and the Art Museum of South Texas.   He is represented by galleries in San Francisco, Norway, and now Nashville!

Phillips’ work utilizes classical draftsmanship techniques in a large-scale format.  Phillips is probably best known for his monumental, hyperrealistic portraiture that aims to expose societal histories through examining the people around him.  In an article for the Huffington Post, Phillips describes, “My drawings are an attempt to play with our voyeuristic tendencies toward the indigence surrounding us, hiding in plain sight. In the portraits, the subjects cease to be dark matter in our communal space and instead are revealed to be the main characters in their own narrative.” Phillips often elevates the homeless to a protagonistic, almost heroic elevation through the tip of his pencil.  His attention to detail and intricate care in rendering not only the physical appearance of these people, but also an sentimental appearance, he successfully reveals moments of transparent human emotion.

 

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Joel states, “A true portrait is far more than a rendering of physical form—it is the capturing of the vulnerable, un-invented narratives that make us human. Seeing and understanding these is my ultimate goal.”

In his upcoming exhibition at Tinney Contemporary, Joel takes a different direction with his work. This time, instead of creating portraiture, he has created a new body of work since relocating from San Francisco to Tulsa, OK.  Welcome to the Orange West is an exploration of abandoned signage along Route 66 that harkens back to ideas of Manifest Destiny.  These signs are contrasted with images of historical moments that identify Americas relationship with Westward Expansion and the search for power. These new drawings juxtapose the nostalgic idea of the west with a current historical and cultural examination of America’s glamorization of the past.

 

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More images and information on Joel Daniel Phillips’ work can be found on his website: http://www.joeldanielphillips.com

WELCOME TO THE ORANGE WEST

New Works by Joel Daniel Phillips

October 7 – November 11

Opening Reception: October 7th6 to 9 pm during the First Saturday Art Crawl

Jeff Scott

posted by – 09/22/17 @ 2:12pm

The gallery is excited to be working with Jeff Scott, who was recently featured on the front of the September issue of the Nashville Arts Magazine.

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Jeff Scott is a prolific artist, showcasing paintings, photographs, films, and books on his website.  Scott’s work has been shown across the United States, at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, The Smithsonian Institution, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Some of his photographs hang in the permanent collections of Ralph Lauren, Elvis Presley Enterprises, President Bill Clinton, and Disney! He has published three acclaimed photography books, including the most recent Elvis: The Personal Archives.

This book catalogues Scott’s photographs taken in the early 2000’s.  He sought permission from the Presley estate to access and photogrpah Elvis’ personal belongings. As expected, the King of Rock and Roll’s material possessions reveal a lot about his character.  Scott notes that he owned far less than what he gave to other people, and characterizes Elvis as a “generous man.”  His well-loved items showcase a lot of wear and tear. Scott says he “really loved and used his things.” He often ornamented his possessions with gold, like the telephone in his bedroom, revealing a preciousness with material objects probably gleaned from growing up poor. Scott’s photographs also reveal other curiosities: Elvis’ driver’s license expired the same year he died.

Jeff Scott’s project truly reveals the humanity behind a cultural idol.  The beautiful photographs revive Elvis through his valuables, creating a complex portrait of a legendary rock icon.

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My Summer at the Sandhills Institute

posted by – 09/15/17 @ 12:18pm

It’s so wonderful to finally be back in the gallery after a long summer of travel.  For a majority of the summer, I had the pleasure of interning with Mel Ziegler at his Sandhills Institute, an artist residency program.

Having grown up on a dairy farm, artist Mel Ziegler did not leave agricultural life behind.  His career has taken him all over the world, from New York to Brazil, but he prefers his newfound home in the Sandhills of Nebraska…

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Ziegler recently purchased the Historic Davis Pine Creek Ranch in Rushville, Nebraska and launched the Sandhills Institute. This organization focuses on the creation of community engaging art in and around the community of Rushville.  Ziegler invites artists to a residency program that encourages the creation of civically engaged artwork.  The fellows are required to visit the institute a minimum of three times in order to become acquainted with the community before proposing a project. They are then encouraged to utilize the vast skillset of Rushville’s population and work together to produce artwork.  The program truly forges strong bonds between leading artists from around the world and the community of local ranchers.

As an intern for the summer 2017 Artist Residency program, I had the privilege to work with returning artists Russell Bauer, David Brooks, and Kayla Meyer, and the first international artist, Jorge Menna Barreto.  Russell is the furthest along in his fellowship, already working with a local rancher/self-taught engineer to create a kinetic sculpture. I’ve included an article I wrote for the Sheridan County Journal Star below, featuring a photo of Russell and Bob planning their project.

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David spent his time exploring the community, meeting new people, and conducting research.  David actually spent a day with just the interns, where we all took a road trip up to South Dakota.  Our first stop was the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre at the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  There, we visited the grave site and met a woman who directed us to visit an informational sign on the historic event.  More information can be found HERE.  After our history lesson, we piled back in the car and watched the landscape change from rolling grasslands to breathtaking layered rock formations, spires, and canyons. We found the badlands!  The interns hiked to the tallest peak, while David wandered off on a bird-watching mission.  After we ran out of water, we decided it was a good time to get back in the car and head to our next stop: Mount Rushmore.  On the way, we drove through the Black Hills National forest, surrounded by massive pine trees. Suddenly, Mount Rushmore was no longer a legend from my third grade history textbook – it was a real sculpture in the side of a mountain standing before me! David even brought binoculars so we could examine the fine lines and details of the rock monument.  After a long drive home, we marveled at all of the potential adventures around the Sandhills, and our newly fostered friendship with a professional artist.

We were afforded many opportunities to explore the “wild west” with the artists.  We saw national monuments, natural wonders, and even Car Henge!

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Kayla Meyer, a landscape architect, was working on a design for the empty lots next to the Main St. Grocery Store in Rushville.  Mel actually purchased the old grocery store with the intention of creating a cultural arts center for the city of Rushville! Kayla spent her time this summer exploring a local greenhouse. Russ Finch created a greenhouse that relies solely on geothermal energy that allows the growth of tropical plants in harsh climates at a low cost.  Kayla also attended Chamber of Commerce meetings and intends on helping to design new welcome signs for the city of Rushville.  Having spent most of the summer with male artists, the female interns especially appreciated having “girl time” with Kayla.  She even taught me how to use Adobe Illustrator, which gave me opportunities to create graphic designs for later projects in the summer!

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Brazilian artist, Jorge Menna Barreto, immediately showed an interest in food ecology at the Institute.  He initially hoped to create a Sandhills smoothie, utilizing the local grasses, but instead produced a Stinging Nettle Powder.  Inspired by a Robert Smithson quote, Jorge said he “would let the site determine what [he] would build,” and focused on the abundant Nettle surrounding the institute.  Stinging Nettle is an abundant local plant that has been used to treat joint pain, eczema, urinary issues, anemia, and more. With the help of the interns and the Ziegler family, Jorge dried the nettle, blended and powdered it in order to make it edible, and bottled and labeled the product.  I helped design a label for the project, and was inspired by Jorge’s desire for hand drawn and intimate packaging, and how that echoed his connection with the landscape.  He intends for this project, titled Urtica Dioica, to conceptualized wild edible food to teach our bodies how to reconnect with nature around us through our digestive systems.

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Between learning how to operate a ranch, fixing barbed wire fence, paperwork, cooking, cleaning, and designing, I also had the wonderful opportunity of living and working alongside Mel’s family.  They work tirelessly to operate the Sandhills Institute. Both his wife and his sons lend a helping hand to both artists and interns with day to day tasks, and they make sure everyone feels like they’re part of the family.  It was truly a unique experience, having all of the interns, artists, and family living under the same roof and sitting down together for dinner at the end of each day. I will forever be thankful for such an incredible experience.

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I even made the front page of the website – Check it out!

https://www.sandhillsinstitute.com/

Nano.Stasis Cosmic Garden

posted by – 09/01/17 @ 1:02pm

Nano.Stasis Cosmic Garden is the culmination of Carla Ciuffo’s two year residency at Harvard University.  In collaboration with the Disease and Biophysics Group, Ciuffo has developed a new project flaunting groundbreaking nanofiber technology in an effort to highlight a symbiosis between art and science.

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Ciuffo worked closely with Kevin K it Parker, Ph. D., a Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics.  He has pioneered research involving a rotary jet spinning production of nanofibers and fabrics. These nanofibers are a significant step forward in the realm of biomedical engineering, having the potential to be integrated into a broad spectrum of radical new applications, from tissue regeneration to advanced performance fibers in fashion.

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Ciuffo had the honor of being the first “layperson” to work in Parker’s lab.  Ciuffo has developed tiny nanofiber canvases to be imprinted with her own artwork.  Using a Scanning Electron Microscope, Ciuffo was able to create large acrylic composites to showcase the delicate and whimsical side of these fibers.

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The work in Nano.Stasis Cosmic Garden lies somewhere between photography and collage.  She creates fanciful narratives that capture the fiber’s unique, delicate details and whimsical beauty.

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“As we bridge the divide between art and science, my endeavor is to show how artists use science to make their fantasies real and palpable; and how science uses the arts in the same way.” -Carla Ciuffo

Her art challenges science to consider the role of its own narrative, as well as the visual impact of scientific images.  Science often prescribes a systematic way of thought and communication, while the arts promote nontraditional and creative critical thought.  These processes prove useful in scientific research. The combination of the two subjects is a symbiotic relationship, allowing the production of creative research and impactful work.

Back to School

posted by – 07/28/17 @ 4:24pm

Just like that the summer is over! I’m writing this on my very last day as a summer intern here at the Tinney Contemporary. It’s crazy to me that I already have to leave! I feel like I just started yesterday but i guess time flies when you’re having fun (or working with some of the best people around)! I’ve learned so much during my time here and have had an absolute blast!! I’m so grateful to Susan and Sarah for giving me the opportunity!!

Now that I’ve said my goodbyes, I have to pack up my things and move back to Memphis to start my senior year of college…something that I don’t think has truly set in because I’m not freaking out yet.  Thankfully the semester doesn’t start for a few more weeks so I have a little more time to prepare. However, these next few weeks of summer that I will not be spending working here I will be doing more than just binge watching Netflix and playing with my dog. On August 6th I will head out to Aspen, CO where I will be attending a week long painting workshop at Anderson Ranch! Anderson Ranch is is an arts center that hosts artists from all over to participate in artists residencies as well as week-long intensive workshops in various media led by well renowned artists! I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to attend the workshop titled “Abstraction & Figuration: The Perfect Union” that will be taught by Jennifer Coates. Coates is a well known artist who’s abstracted images of food are filled with often bright colors and various textures that add a grotesqueness to the subject matter (I’ll add some images of her work at the end!). I picked this workshop in particular because my own body of work (see some images of my work in my last blog post!) includes a lot of abstracted figures. I’ve recently begun experimenting heavily with different ways of applying paint to create different finishes and textures something I am drawn to in Jennifer Coates’ work. I’m so excited for this week of experimentation and can’t wait to see what work comes out if it! As someone who is somewhat of a procrastinator when it comes to school work sometimes I’m glad that I will have this intensive week of making work to start me off on the right foot for my Senior Seminar in studio art.

As sad as I am to leave I know the gallery is only a ways away from Memphis! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here at the Tinney Contemporary and cant’ wait to come back to visit!

 

 

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Meet Jan!

posted by – 07/19/17 @ 1:50pm

This summer is full of (somewhat) new faces at the Tinney Contemporary! We are thrilled to welcome back Jan DeLozier who interned with us in 2013 who will now be working as our gallery assistant! We are so excited to be working with her again and want you to get to know a little bit about her! Here’s a little bit about Jan written by Jan herself!

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My name is Jan DeLozier & it feels good to be back at Tinney Contemporary. Susan and Sarah were just the sweetest to have me as an intern here at the gallery, alongside my good friend Alex Penn (hi, Alex!), back in 2013. We sometimes had to beg people to come to the Art Crawls, but oh man did we have fun shows! Through the years, I’ve always kept up with the crew here and now I am back in Nashville helping do the gallery-thing!

In between then and now, I graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South where I studied Art History and Women’s and Gender Studies. Upon graduation, I moved in with my fabulous Godmother and helped take care of her adorable dogs. Later that summer, things got serious and I attended a Scholars program at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where I studied Finance, Accounting, and Marketing. Just before Chicago’s wind became too bitter, I moved to Venice, Italy where I worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. My work there was dynamic as I  gave presentations, sold tickets, completed condition reports, assisted in education courses, and repeated the lines “please, don’t touch” in as many languages I could remember. From the city on the water, I then moved to the high prairie desert of Marfa, Texas, where I worked at the Chinati Foundation. I worked alongside some rock stars within the Development office, also giving tours and assisting with conservation 😉 and education 🙂

When I am not at Tinney Contemporary, you can probably find me barefoot in a yard somewhere. Happy to be here and happy to help- come by and say hi y’all!”

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“The Prophet’s Library” by Wesley Clark

posted by – 06/16/17 @ 11:23am

Wesley Clark’s show “The Prophet’s Library” is deeply engrained with symbolism, metaphor, and his experience as an African American male in this country. He began this body of work by making a stream of consciousness list of words that came to him when he thought about his experience which culminated in “Table of Contents”. He created this list of words that now make up the top of the crossword before writing out the clues which allowed him to expand what could be a clue for each word. The words are also grouped together in order to create links and imagery that can be tracked throughout the rest of the show. He invites our imaginations to move piece to piece stitching together the narrative of this prophet. With the series of books that inspired the show title he presents the audience with four cases designed to hold books yet to be written. The exterior of each of these books has been carved, painted, and stained to be representative of the made up titles on the front. What is exciting about these titles, and subsequently these carvings, is that these can be seen as revisions of the current history or simply retellings of those narratives from perhaps a more accurate perspective. This is especially true with “Master Sowers” as it is analyzing the creation of civilization. One side contains an image of Lake Tana which is the source of the Nile river in Egypt which many can argue was the seedbed for civilization and technology as we know it. While the other side depicts two hands holding a mound of dirt with fists erupting from that dirt surrounded by a few symbols including an arrow and some stars. The idea behind this is that once you can defend yourself you can start to think about stars, science, etc. Another piece that spurs our imaginations is the “My Beautiful Black Unicorn(s)”. Which once agains plays with our imagination as well as historical references. Each horn is engraved with the name of slave revolt leaders including: Nat Turner, Denmark Vessey, and Toussaint L’Overture. In theory, these people are unicorns in that they should never have existed in the world in the role of revolutionist. Many people believe that the unicorn was the East Indian Rhino but through word of mouth that narrative was skewed leaving us with the mysterious unicorn we know today. This degradation of the truth can also be tracked onto the experience of the African American as they are often portrayed in the media in a negative light. Each piece in this show has layers and layers of meaning that require the viewer to approach the work with a willingness to spend time with the work. Time spent looking at this show is extremely rewarding as there are so many hidden gems of powerful text, image, or symbol that are lost with a superficial viewing. Wesley has created a show and a body of work that is imaginative, powerful, and truly meaningful within the social and political climate of today.

New Summer Intern

posted by – 06/07/17 @ 3:53pm

Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Mattie Boyd and I’m going to be interning here at the Tinney Contemporary for the summer! I’m a Studio Art major and a rising senior at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I flip between painting and sculpture depending on what or who I’m looking at and inspired by. My biggest inspiration and the person who’s work I cant keep myself from going back to is Louise Bourgeois. Her work has influenced both my paintings and my sculptures over the years and no doubt will continue to do so in the future. Other than that similarity, my paintings and sculptures have become increasingly different from one another. My paintings generally use a variety of color palettes as well as a combination of graphic and painterly marks to depict an abstracted figure(s) existing in a world created for them. My sculptures, on the other hand, are much more visceral and bodily ranging from wearable sculptures to installations. I’ve inserted a few images of some of my work at the bottom of this post so you can get a sense of what I’m up to! I’m also a Center for the Outreach and Development of the Arts (CODA) Fellow which allows me to get out into Memphis and do my own projects! In the past I’ve worked with elementary aged kids in an after school art program as well as getting involved with the Brooks Museum. Some fun facts about me are: I love dogs (and miss mine back home terribly), ice cream is my favorite food, I’m an avid reader, singing in the shower is my 7th best skill, and I once threw myself a Chopped themed birthday party. I’m beyond excited to be interning here as I became interested in working in a gallery or museum post grad last fall! You may be wondering what I had intended to do before that switch and I was going to go to medical school to become a surgeon. Ever since my freshman year of high school that was the plan. Then when deciding on colleges I was attracted to the liberal arts schools because they all told me I could major in Art AND be pre-med. I thought that was the coolest thing I’d ever heard of because i could combine the two things I loved. However, last fall, as I was drowning in organic chemistry and cell biology I found myself dreading the thought of the next 4+ years of my life being nothing but those things. I decided that very day that I was not going to medical school and that i wanted to pursue a career in the Arts. The next thing I know I was talking with a friend of mine who interned at the Tinney last summer and that’s all she wrote! Looking forward to all that this opportunity and this city have to offer me before I have to head back to the 901 in the fall!IMG_6469 IMG_6798 IMG_6411

The Nashville Walls Project: An Interview with Eva Boros

posted by – 05/05/17 @ 12:28pm

The Nashville Walls Project is rapidly expanding, with Chris Zidek and Nathan Brown collaborating on a painting in the Gulch, right now!  We sat down with Co-Founder, Eva Boros, to ask a few questions about the Nashville Walls Project.
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How did you get involved with/ start this project? And what role do you play in it?
      Years ago, Brian and I would drive around and take photos of blank Walls…we would then track down its owner and beg them to let us paint on it. This started in 2014, and it wasn’t until 2016 that we finally started painting. 
       The Nashville Walls Project has been Brian Greif’s dream. He came to Nashville because he wanted to bring street art to music city. I’ve just helped in its facilitation, and am co-founder. My involvement is with local and international artists, property owners, marketing, all of it. I’m still trying to define my job title. 
How are artists selected? 
     When we first start working with a property owner or developer, we expose them to a variety of street art and styles from which they decide what they like and would want on their walls.  
Are NWP artists paid?
     Yes, all local and visiting NWP artists are paid. Cost of materials and travel is also accounted for when establishing a budget with a sponsor or developer. Getting artists paid is of the utmost importance because in the creative industry, a lot of the time, artists are expected to work for free…which is unethical. 
How is content approved or denied?
     Content isn’t approved or denied. Street artists paint with a specific style they have cultivated and perfected through years of graffiti and studio work. Sometimes the artist will have a concept sketch to show the building owner, but the murals typically happen organically. Their signature style stays consistent, but the murals always look different. 
Is the NWP environmentally friendly? 
     We definitely recycle, and reuse. But when it comes to spray paint, we use mtn, a very high quality paint which has little to no cfc’s (ozone friendly paint).
What is the difference between graffiti and street art? 
         Graffiti is done illegally, street art is commissioned by property owners. Street art is usually larger and more elaborate than graffiti. This is due to the temporary nature of illegal art in the streets. 
How do you feel about the commercialization of street art?
      Commercialization of anything will always be slightly heart wrenching, but graffiti will always be illegal, so that’s good. 
Is the control of street art content harmful to what street art has historically been? (unfiltered public forum, although illegal)
   Some graffiti writers will paint a tag just to see how long it lasts, or if it gets tagged over. It’s not done for the public, but for other graffiti writers. Graffiti can’t be controlled…if someone wants to paint illegally, they’ll do it. 

Artist Spotlight: Adam Shulman

posted by – 03/24/17 @ 2:56pm

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 2.53.35 PMAdam and Adama Shulman are fresh faces in fashion photography.  They live inspired lives, constantly creating photographic experiences that build upon their various cultural influences, having lived in New York City, West Africa, and the Middle East.

Adam Shulman is a self taught photographer specializing in both digital and medium format film. He has photographed everything from Arizona landscapes to fashion photography. His Senegalese wife, Adama, is a makeup artist, stylist, and model.  She has worked in Africa, Paris, and New York City, and acquired a background in editorial fashion.

Adam Shulman was born and raised in Nashville, TN. He is a board-certified medical physicist as well as a medical philanthropist, receiving his education at Vanderbilt University.  He has spent years working in and out of Africa training local doctors on modern cancer treatments as well as donating medical equipment. Living in Dakar, Senegal with his wife, Adam spent his time training medical staff, and just recently completed a year of medical training in Accra, Ghana. He has been immersed in African culture for nearly a decade, which serves as inspiration for his most recent body of work: Gold of Africa.

The title of the exhibition, Gold of Africa, equates Africa’s inhabitants to precious, stunning Gold. Shot with 6×7 film on a Mamiya RZ67 manual camera, African bodies are covered in gold, cracked earth, and bared in front of a dark background, creating narratives of overwhelming power and beauty.

Adam spent over a year working on this series, and in doing so, he managed to “capture the mass of an entire continent behind his models eyes or under the contours of each muscle and shadow.” The gold serves as a means of suffocation at times, yet also serves as an extension of each model’s body and soul.

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http://adamaphotographynyc.com