Month: August 2016

Discovering Frank Larson: Found Photography from the 1950’s

posted by – 08/30/16 @ 2:49pm

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Upon his passing in 1964, an unopened box of Frank Larson’s negatives was left sitting in an attic for 64 years.  Grandson, Soren Larson, discovered this box, containing 100 carefully sorted and labeled envelopes.  He took on the task of digitizing the images and minimally editing them in photoshop. These images, along with their family history, can be viewed at

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Frank Larson’s photographs give viewers a unique glimpse into the everyday life of New York City in the 1950’s.

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This dedication to his grandfather isn’t Soren’s only attempt to preserve his family’s art: He also compiled a website for his own father, David Larson.  Soren recounts, “My father also used to speak with admiration about his father’s love of photography and his weekend trips with his Rolleiflex into the city to film places like the Bowery, Chinatown and Times Square.” Perhaps these trips inspired David’s career as an artist.

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Soren proudly displays his father’s body of work – a dense, philosophically themed collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures.

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Carla Ciuffo: Bridging the Gap Between Art and Science

posted by – 08/23/16 @ 4:31pm

“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

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As an artist in residence at Harvard University, in collaboration with the Disease and Biophysics Group, Carla Ciuffo has developed a new project entitled, “Nano . Stasis Cosmic Garden & the Little Black Dress.”  Her recent series of work flaunts groundbreaking nanofiber technology in an effort to highlight a symbiosis between art and science.

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Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics, Kevin Kit Parker, Ph.D. has pioneered research involving rotary jet spinning production of nanofibers and fabrics. His nanfibers are a significant step forward in the realm of biomedical engineering.  This technology has 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 with Parker’s fibers.  Alongside graduate student, Nina Sinatra, Ciuffo has developed tiny nanofiber canvases to be imprinted with her own artwork.  Using a Scanning Electron Microscope, Ciuffo is able to create large acrylic composites to showcase the delicate and whimsical side of these fibers.  She’s also been developing portraiture of models wearing sharp angled garments, inspired by Cartesian geometries, to demonstrate the concept of “neurofashion” with nanofibers.  A combination of these artworks, paired with an educational component narrating the versatile technology of the new nanofibers composes this futuristic traveling multi-media exhibit.

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While art cannot directly communicate scientific fact, it is capable of creating dialogue.  Art challenges science to consider the role of its own narrative, as well as the visual impact of scientific images.  Art serves to recontextualize science, adding a conversation with cultural values.   Science often prescribes a systematic way of thought and communication, while the arts promote nontraditional and creative processes useful to research. The combination of the two subjects promotes their relevance and generates more impactful content.

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Carla Ciuffo’s “Will You Stay with Me? Until the Very End.” is currently on display as a part of the “A Decade in the Making” exhibition until September 17th, 2016. until_the_very_end_web-675x900


Tinney Contemporary celebrates 10 years

posted by – 08/04/16 @ 2:47pm


This Saturday, August 6th, Tinney Contemporary will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary by officially opening up our next exhibition titled, “A Decade in the Making: A 10th Anniversary Exhibition”. Established in 2006 by Susan Tinney, Tinney Contemporary was the second gallery to open on 5th Avenue and was a founding partner of First Saturday Art Crawl, one of the most visible and well-attended art events in the city. The First Saturday Art Crawl, a now well-known and widely celebrated citywide event, will also be celebrating its roots at its 10th Anniversary in August. In August of 2006, the first art crawl featured only a few Nashville-based galleries: The Arts Company, the Twist and Dangenart in the Arcade, and TAG. Though Twist and Dangenart no longer exists and TAG has become Tinney Contemporary, the art crawl continues to thrive and draw hundreds of visitors to 5th avenue on the first saturday of every month.

StyleBlueprintGuide_Tinney_Contemporary_PRODUCT_08-2014-1Since its founding, Tinney Contemporary has striven to present work that is collectible yet also thought-provoking. This challenge has led the gallery to exhibit work by some of the top artists in the region and around the world. Most recently, Tinney featured a three month long guest-curated exhibition featuring the work of several internationally known street artists with the goal of bringing a significant contemporary art movement to Nashville.

“A Decade in the Making” will feature works by Tinney Contemporary artists who have been with the gallery since its founding, as well as recent additions. The featured artists include: Andy Harding, Anna Jaap, Béatrice Coron, Carla Ciuffo, Carlos Gamez de Francisco, Claire B. Cotts, Dorothy O’Connor, Eduardo Terranova, James Perrin, Jane Braddock, Jason Craighead, John Folsom, Kay Ruane, Kuzana Ogg, Martica Griffin, Mary Long, Patricia Bellan-Gillen, Peri Schwartz, Sky Kim, Stefany Hemming, and Tom Brydelsky.

We hope to see you there!