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!
“Ice Cream Sundae II”
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!
“Hello hello ciao hello.
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!”
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!