Art walk: an exclusive peek inside Nashville’s booming art scene
Select members joined top gallerists to explore Soho House Nashville’s new neighbourhood
Friday 21 January 2022 By Abigail Hirsch Photography by Daniel Meigs
With the Nashville House opening less than a month away, Clarence Edward of Cë Gallery, Red Arrow Gallery’s curator Ashley Layendecker, and Crystal Churchwell Evans, development director of the Frist Art Museum, welcomed the Soho House Nashville community with a guided art walk through the neighbourhood.
On Saturday, following an exclusive glimpse of the new House, members toured the Julia Martin Gallery, Cë Gallery, David Lusk Gallery, and The Packing Plant – a small selection of the 12 galleries within a one-mile radius of the building. Chef Molly Martin of Juniper Green developed a curated menu for members to enjoy while taking in the exhibitions.
The iridescent gold leaf and abstract lines of Andy Ness’s series, The Satellite, caught members’ eyes as soon as they stepped inside the Julia Martin Gallery. According to Martin, ‘a crucial part of what makes a great artist is the unlearning of things. Andy’s unlearning results in dazzling freak flags of perfectly imperfect perfection.’ The mix of material, pattern and colour exude a freedom and blatant disregard for rules that the artist himself cites as inspiration.
Ness’s blend of materiality and colour on canvas, while 2D, give the illusion of a three-dimensional depth – not to Martin’s surprise. ‘Andy’s background in sculpture makes him uniquely gifted at manipulating materials,’ she says.
And the painter’s explanation for the shift away from sculpture? ‘I want to make my objects, my forms, exist in space,’ says Ness. ‘I want them to float in space. I don’t want them to have to contend with gravity.’
Local photographer Daniel Meigs captured the Nashville opening event.