Shohei Katayama

After chaotic holiday getaway happenings that saw seasonal revelry squelched by canceled flights, disrupted activities and a surge of hospitalizations because of to the most up-to-date spike of COVID conditions, Nashville’s visible arts neighborhood could be greeting the inaugural Art Crawl events of 2022 significantly less rested and recharged than they experienced planned. A persisting pandemic is a bummer of a way to start out a new 12 months — all over again — but as the U.S. overall health crisis nears its two-12 months anniversary in March, I’m hopeful wanting forward, for the reason that of the resilience, resourcefulness and obligation I see on the lookout again. Nashville’s gallery scene has established to be incredibly adaptable, and when we may possibly see some scaled-again receptions and ongoing indoor masking in artwork spaces, Nashville’s winter arts calendar is banging. And this Saturday’s January Art Crawl is a robust start for the season.  

South Nashville 

Nashville indigenous Mika Agari proved to be a person of our most inventive rising local artists prior to graduating from Watkins University of Artwork in 2016, developing a pair of tough nearby demonstrates and relocating to New York. Agari staged a cell sculpture set up in her Nissan Sentra (Vehicle Exhibit, 2017) employing materials like felt, rice, stickers from the greeters at Kroger and dead wasps. She also embedded electronic tablets in black sand at artist David Onri Anderson’s previous curatorial space, the Bijan Ferdowsi Gallery, and inspired viewers to lounge on a mattress whilst they viewed her performances on online video (Friction Fruit, 2017). In January, Agari’s back in Nashville for a display at Anderson’s new Do-it-yourself gallery, Electrical Drop. Agari is in her component when she’s responding to precise areas, combining purely natural and made supplies and located objects in preparations of often unpredicted combos. Agari’s installations can truly feel charged with ritual intention, infused with erotic messaging or just splattered with charming, dumb humor. As a result, we can’t forecast particularly what the artist has in intellect for her I Bend a Branch present, but I know it will be truly worth the limited trip to South Nashville. Follow @electricshedtn on Instagram for updates and info.  


Coop will virtually be producing moves this month as it relocates to a greater house at The Packing Plant. The inaugural show in these new digs — which had housed Channel to Channel ahead of the gallery moved to Chattanooga — will be a screen by Louisville, Ky.-dependent artist Shohei Katayama. I dig artwork about art, but it is usually refreshing when artists push previous the artwork historic ouroboros to use aesthetics to study and incorporate components and procedures in other significantly-flung fields. Katayama’s apply is primarily concerned with how people today understand on their own and the environment by way of the lenses of mother nature, technological innovation and science. As a result, Katayama’s operate touches on almost everything from physics and sustainability to sociology and cultural historical past. Coop specializes in bringing going to artists to Nashville, and as an artist who has produced formidable exhibitions in venues all around the globe, Katayama can make a terrific option to start this upcoming chapter for this neighborhood arts institution.  

The information of Coop’s move will come with a wave of shifting galleries at The Packing Plant: Coop will be taking in excess of the former significant Channel to Channel area, which contains the two facet galleries that Channel to Channel was subletting. Open Gallery will carry on to sublet one house, and Risology Club will be shifting into the other facet gallery. Risology Club is a total-support risograph print shop and bindery, and they’re by now regular guests at the Nashville Poetry Library’s Exhibit and Provide situations throughout most Very first Saturdays. It is fantastic to see the club creating a permanent property at The Packing Plant, and knitting the visible artwork and lit communities that get at The Packing Plant tighter than ever. 

The previous Coop place will become a new satellite showcase for South Nashville’s Modfellows Artwork Gallery commencing in February. This Saturday, the gallery will host Artwork Just cannot Appreciate You, a pop-up of new work from Colombia-centered creators structured by ZieherSmith. Participating artists contain: Esteban Ocampo Giraldo, Juan Uribe, Nicolas Bonilla Maldonado and Julian Burgos.  

Julia Martin Gallery will welcome artist Andy Ness on Saturday night time. Ness’ summary paintings function colorful mixtures of circles and traces — the in general influence reads like impractically expressive design drawing, and perhaps which is the issue. There is a thing intrinsically irreverent about these compositions of repeating designs and marks rendered with a free but under no circumstances lazy hand. Ness’ The Satellite exhibition is a great match for the Wedgewood-Houston gallery scene, and I’m predicting this won’t be the previous we see of Ness’ playful, unmistakable operate.


“Kisha Blues #6,” Ashanté Kindle

East Nashville  

Interior/Exterior is a group exhibition at The Red Arrow Gallery that features work by half a dozen artists who all recognize as feminine, but generate varying expressions about gender identification and feminism. These themes can be compelling, but the explanation I read Ashanté Kindle’s artist assertion about elegance requirements and the “culture of hair” is mainly because her stunning monochrome-blue summary paintings are sumptuous feasts of texture and hue. The ubiquity of political, racial and sexual identity art would make for fashionable programming, but several artists get rid of the trees for the forest, crafting broad works with big messages, but lacking intensive, person signatures. Perform about id that even now manages to be special to an unique constantly stands out. See Lauren Gregory’s “Ol’ Splashy” animated video clip, or Tess Davies’ exquisitely flat-surfaced Hermetic interiors as examples. This exhibit at Purple Arrow also incorporates get the job done by Dana Oldfather, Reneesha McCoy, and Annie Brito Hodgin.

By Indana