Tag: Tinney Contemporary

Movin’ on Up

posted by – 02/25/12 @ 3:05pm








Towering over Commerce Street, the FirstBank building isn’t the first venue that comes to mind when one thinks of art–and yet, the edifice is quickly becoming a model for office-building exhibitions. Through their “Art of Community” project, donors Jim and Janet Ayers are transforming what could be a serious, static environment into a who’s who of Tennessee artists: the building will features works from over 50 artists from the Volunteer State, including three of Tinney’s very own–Anna Jaap, John Folsom, and Mary Postal.

Ayers have also tapped some of Nashville’s eminent curators for the project, including Celia Walker of Vanderbilt University Libraries Special Projects, and Susan Edwards of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. We’re so compelled by the pseudo-exhibition because it has a music festival-esque vibe to it–bringing diverse artists together under one roof–like Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that you can check out works from some of our past artists, right in the heart of Nashville. Are you planning on checking out the revamped FirstBank building? Let us know in the comments section.

– TC

Rock the Vote

posted by – 02/21/12 @ 12:37pm

Paige West of West Collection asks: “How many art fairs, galleries, and studios must one visit to get a complete picture of the contemporary art scene?” We have to agree–sometimes, it’s just downright tedious staying in the loop with the year’s trendiest exhibitions. So, what’s an art hound like yourself to do? Vote! West Collection has managed to create an expansive sprawl of artists in their contest West Collects. In something that sounds like a soundbite from a 3 A.M. infomercial, West Collection crows that contest participants need only be 18 or older, and have a working painting/sculpture/photography portfolio.

But let’s get to the important stuff. Jaq Belcher–one of our represented artists–is featured in the contest. With a prize that comes in at a cool $300,000 there’s a lot at stake. Plus, we kinda want to show our competitive side…so in the words of P. Diddy–Vote or Die. Go here to vote for Jaq, or vote on your Iphone/Ipad via the West Collects app. And don’t forget to peruse past winners here.



Natural Motion

posted by – 01/19/12 @ 6:24pm


Remember in your elementary school art classes when the teacher would ask you to draw continuously, without picking up your pen once? Well, Vancouver-based artist Stefany Hemming makes that her M.O. Hemming works within a “strict set of formal parameters: one tool, one layer of paint, and one limited block of time.”

This paradoxically free-form and restrictive method results in fecund, seemingly never-ending nests like “Jig,” seen above. To learn more about Hemming and some of our other artists, head over to Tinney Contemporary.

– TC


posted by – 10/15/11 @ 2:32pm



Projects & insights from our community of artists at Tinney Contemporary.

Margery Amdur, a Tinney Contemporary artist:

“all people still desire to touch and be touched in very palpable ways,” however, the overwhelming majority of touching is through technology, that realm between the paradises of pristine nature and pixelated information.”

Have artists found a way to navigate the pixelated quagmire, (a.k.a. technology)? Is the “T-word” so much a expletive, or is it our newest sense, the keys to touching the human spirit?

In her newest exhibit, “Six Places in Motion” Margery Amdur embraces the pixelated wasteland and turns it into an undiscovered dimension of art, one which bridges our firmest differences, namely because it strikes at technology’s capacity: to speak in a language that can be fluent to all. After all, how markedly different are these pixelations from Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, or the Renaissance-era focus on symmetry, new dimensions, and a pervasive sense of harmony?

Do you think that technology can touch or trap? Let us know in the comments section below.