This group show includes photographic work that in some way has been influenced by an experience with Tennessee.
The experience could have been a direct one, or an indirect one... an obvious relation to the state or something known only under the surface as a light breath. Other themes emerge that push deeper into the narrative, past the initial Tennessee relation, as the artists' specific experiences are explored.
The show features evocative works from contemporary artists, some of whom are known internationally, and combined, have won multiple Guggenheim Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, The Rome Prize, and have works in collections ranging from the MOMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, SFMoMA, Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and many other prominent collections around the world.
A mockingbird is known for its ability to hear sounds and reproduce them with its own voice. It is an echo of something that was once there. That vestige becomes a new expression with a new purpose, a metaphor symbolizing the artist. The Mockingbird is the state bird of Tennessee.
The BRIEF Gallery
238 5th Avenue N.
Nashville, TN 37219
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About BRIEF Gallery:
Not tied to a specific space, The BRIEF Gallery exists somewhere between a physical place and an idea.
It is open to emerge when an appropriate opportunity or idea presents itself, whenever and wherever that may be.
The first BRIEF Gallery was created by renovating the remains of an old run-down storefront on 5th Ave North in Nashville, TN. Its original purpose was to provide a place for Mockingbird to be shown. The group show "Mockingbird" was on view at the BRIEF Gallery from November 7 through December 31, 2009. The gallery closed after the show ended. The BRIEF Gallery was created by Phillip Carpenter, an artist and the curator of Mockingbird.
The show has been archived on this website and is viewable by clicking the exhibition link below.
The individual artists' websites are also linked to their names below.
"East of Knoxville"
© Mark Steinmetz