CHRISTINA RENFER VOGEL

TO GO UNNOTICED

MAY 6 - JUNE 24, 2017


OPENING RECEPTION

MAY 6, 2017 / 6-9P


ARTIST STATEMENT:

Standing on the edge, I observe interactions. I seek to identify quiet moments from within larger, more complex situations, focusing on chance meetings in groupings and gatherings, and searching for interaction or disconnection.

These placeless figures are suspended in fields of color that serve as psychological spaces. It takes on a presence that is unsettling or cloying or comforting. It presses against them and threatens to swallow them.

There is a directness to this work, and yet, the fragmentary nature and moments left intentionally unresolved suggest a state of uncertainty and flux, inviting you to question the ambiguity of each exchange.

I aim to describe familiar situations that smolder with an underlying tension. These ordinary encounters describe the yearning, discomfort, and uncertainty that feel all too familiar. I hope to draw you in, but keep you at arm’s length.


MERRILEE CHALLISS

THE VOID AND THE EYE

MARCH 4 - APRIL 19, 2017


OPENING RECEPTION

MARCH 4, 2017 / 6-9P


ARTIST STATEMENT:

“The Void and the Eye” represents my desire to make conscious the awareness that everything is connected. The void represents the unconscious and the eye represents conscious awareness. I feel, acutely, the pain of being separated from my ancestors and the spirit world, the pain of separation from nature, etc., and I am trying to heal that wound in myself through my work. My inner world is a visionary world, and draws from many traditions, archetypes and symbols.
Shadow work, the collective unconscious, facing our own darkness, protection, the power of love, finding balance, and WATER are themes for many of the mixed media works. What we are seeing in our own lives and on the world stage is this struggle of “dark versus light” made manifest. This “wetiko” energy threatens to subsume us, but it also is what is waking us up. We must use our creative potential – our imagination is our greatest human asset – to consciously evolve and envision a better world.

ABOUT THE EYES:

The protective eye, evil eye, or nazdar has many roots in ancient cultures and traditions from around the world. The eye is a symbol of conscious awareness. The eye looks out and says “I see you” while at the same time the seeing eye is being “seen.” This observer / observed dynamic generates a reciprocal energetic relationship of viewer to the eye, creating a feedback loop- in this case one of positive energy. Energy follows thought. All of our thoughts matter. Thoughts become our reality. Everything is connected in cosmic conscious awareness – we are one family. Or as Einstein puts it: “Field before particle.”
These eyes are meticulously constructed with mostly sequins, and as most of the sequins are placed one at a time by hand, the work itself becomes a form of meditation. Each eye has it’s own inner eye – a mirror in the center – to extend the idea that these are pieces intended for meditation and reflection.
I chose to work with sequins because they reflect light and are fairly easy to control. Each small, dazzling dot becomes something more, something substantive, when it aggregates into a bigger whole. Just as a lone individual may feel powerless in their actions, many people aligned to a specific purpose, can collectively accomplish anything.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale of each eye will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.


CALL FOR ARTISTS

Julia Martin Gallery is now accepting 2017 artist submissions for our annual summer group show BEVY.

Only submissions following the guidelines listed below will be considered.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

  • Please submit 10-15 images of current work. This means we will not accept works created prior to 2016.
    • Acceptable files: .jpg files no larger than 1MB each, website link, dropbox link to images.
    • NO links to social media  (instagram, facebook, tumblr) / Submissions with social media links will be rejected. 
  • Please submit an Artist Bio
  • Please submit your Artist CV
  • We are interested in 2D & 3D work only at this time.
  • No photography please
  • DEADLINE for submissions is April 1st
  • Please email submissions to: juliamartingallery@gmail.com

NOAH SATERSTROM

WITH WORKS FROM SAM DUNSON

SHUBUTA AND OTHER STORIES

JANUARY 6 - FEBRUARY 15, 2017


OPENING RECEPTION

JANUARY 6TH, 2017/  6 - 9 P


Painter Noah Saterstrom relocated with his family to Nashville in the last year or so. His newest body of work bravely explores the well-documented history of a prominent slave owning family that inhabits a branch of his family tree. I hesitate to summarize Noah's statement (see attachment) regarding this show. I will say that my heart rate spiked when I laid eyes on his work for the first time. He is by far one of the most prolific, dedicated and inspiring painters I have had the pleasure to work with. 

"In Times of War" by Noah Saterstrom

"In Times of War" by Noah Saterstrom

Dunson is a prominent figure in Nashville's art community and a true painter's painter. Each artist handles material - both studio and ethological - in a way that speaks to the other. In this case, quite literally. This exhibition brings these two accomplished mid-career painters together to participate in groundbreaking visual dialogue. Samuel's piece, a direct response to Noah's "In Times of War", will be revealed on opening night along with a number of collaborative works on paper.

SEE ALL WORKS HERE


DAVID KENTON KRING

BREAKDOWN

DECEMBER 3 - 31, 2016


OPENING RECEPTION
DECEMBER 3, 2016 / 6 - 9 P


Kring's newest body of work experiments with surface texture as metaphor. Kring's masterful techniques nod to the tradition of Face Vessels and Toby Jugs. His use of contemporary themes with overt references to madness and danger make John Waters' late great Goddess, Divine, the perfect subject. You can almost smell the perspiration as each figure, so weathered and life-like, conceals a sea of neurosis just beneath the surface as though it may explode through their pores at any second.

David Kenton Kring is a full-time sculptor and ceramicist, living and working in Lexington KY whose work is collected nation wide. His body of work also includes functional art in the form of hand thrown vessels and dishes that will also be available throughout the month of December.


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REBECCA GREEN

ILLUMINE

NOVEMBER 5 - 30, 2016


OPENING RECEPTION
NOVEMBER 5, 2016 / 6 - 9 P


ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Rebecca Green's illustrations act as lanterns, shining glints upon everyday stories otherwise clouded by shadow: the shadow of the mundane. This exhibition, ILLUMINE, will feature work created to celebrate and illuminate the hidden but magical stories shrouded in the mask of the ordinary. Though each piece sprouts from an actual account, Green takes the stories into enchanted realms, where everyday occurrences blend with imaginative possibilities.

SEE ALL WORKS HERE


EXTERNAL BALLISTICS

OPENING RECEPTION
OCTOBER 1, 2016 / 6 - 9 P

FEATURING:
Alex Lockwood, Rob Matthews, Julia Martin, Samuel Dunson, Alex Warbel, Brett Douglas Hunter, Devin Goebel, Elizabeth Williams, Jeff Stamper, Jodi Hays, Joseph Love, Josh Elrod, Merrilee Challiss, Megan Kimber, Michael McBride, Noah Saterstrom, Olivia Hill, Trevor Mikula, Seth Prestwood and Will Morgan Holland.

Click here to see all works from the show.

Read more about the show here:
The Nashville Scene
Nashville Arts Magazine

 


EMILY HOLT &
DELIA SEIGENTHALER

OIL & MUD

AUGUST 6 - 31, 2016


OPENING RECEPTION

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 /  6 - 9p

HOLT ARTIST STATEMENT

Each crusty layer of paint contains a composition that will never be seen.  Intentionally covered up by either frustration or a flurry of gestural marks, these sheets of colors, patterns and shapes are embedded in the wood grain waiting to be revealed.  A flathead screwdriver and an etching needle scribe replace the soft brushes for the excavation.   While using these tools to dig channels into the pigment, flakes of paint gather on each side of the line. Scrapping, scratching and sanding the surface fuse the coats of paint into unpredictable designs and textures.  It is within this blurry atmosphere that an imaginary world begins to take form. The environment and characters fade in and out as the images come into focus.   This vignette tells an open-ended story with clues buried and tucked within the thick oily residue. I am inspired the most by nature.  I love looking at trees, rocks, dirt and the creepy, crawly creatures that inhabit these lands.

SEIGENTHALER ARTIST STATEMENT

Having spent the past year building large scale processional puppets and participating in the Nashville International Puppet Festival, there is no doubt that the “puppet” has entered my psyche. After a long hiatus of working primarily in mixed media, my return to ceramics has found me staring back at clay heads resembling the puppet. I wonder why? It is hard to let them go.  Puppets, material objects, contain and express things of mind and spirit, often controlling those who seem to control them. My newly expanded understanding of the puppet leads me to believe in the spirit that emerges during its construction. Imagining the puppet serves as a metaphor and a tangible expression of what it means to be human.


BEVY 2016

SUMMER GROUP SHOW

JUNE 4 - JULY 31, 2016


FEATURED ARTISTS:

William Buffett
Michelle Farro
Brett Douglas Hunter
Devin Goebel
Louisa Glen
Jodi Hays
Seth Prestwood
Olivia Leigh Martin
Alex Warble


OPENING RECEPTION

SATURDAY, JUNE 4/  6 - 9p


LISA WEISS

MAPS

MAY 6 - 31, 2016


OPENING RECEPTION

FRIDAY, MAY 6  /  6:30 - 8:30p

Lisa Weiss returns this May with a fresh, diverse new body of work. Maps explores the relationship between structure and looseness, concreteness and impermanence. Architecture, sky views, maps and symbols all inform these rich, textured, mixed media compositions. Weiss' work continues to evoke a powerful sense of peace and balance.


KEVIN GUTHRIE

BICYCLE THIEVES

APRIL 1 - 30, 2016


OPENING RECEPTION

April 1, 2016  /  6:30 - 8:30p


ARTIST STATEMENT

Dedicated to the 20 year career of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Kevin Guthrie continues to use his preferred medium of crayon and pencil on repurposed beer boxes to render portraits of all 61 of Ali's opponents. Each of these gentlemen have a unique story and they often get overlooked in the pantheon of boxing lore.

Click here to see images of the show.


ERIN MURPHY &
VICTORIA REYNOLDS

BRAVE NEW WORLDS

March 4 - 26, 2016


OPENING RECEPTION

March 5, 2016/  6 - 9p


EXHIBITION DETAILS

Exploring the realms of painterly abstraction, Reynolds and Murphy both create complex, visual narratives. Murphy's sculptural prints and multimedia works use texture and illusion to create immersive environments, while Reynolds' paintings are organic mathematical reflections of personal mythologies and responses to both natural and man-made experiences.

CLICK HERE FOR ERIN MURPHY'S WORK   /   CLICK HERE FOR VICTORIA REYNOLDS WORK


MEGAN KIMBER

STRATA

February 6 - 27, 2016


OPENING RECEPTION

February 6, 2016  /  6 - 9p


ARTIST STATEMENT

This new body of work explores the shifting internal strata of self, and how that shifting creates a distorted view of the world. The distortion results in a search for ground or hope for a higher entity -- earthly or celestial.


2016 PREVIEW EXHIBITION

January 9 - January 31, 2016


OPENING RECEPTION

January 9, 2016  /  6-9p


EXHIBITION DETAILS

The new year kicks off with a phenomenal group show previewing what's to come in 2016 at Julia Martin Gallery. Its going to be an exciting year with loads of new talent and solos from some of our region's top makers. Join us for our opening reception of the Group Show Preview this Saturday, January 9th, 6-9p.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL WORKS
 

 


JULIA MARTIN

KNOW THEM BY HEART...

December 5 - 31, 2015


OPENING RECEPTION

December 5, 2015  /  6-9p

ARTIST STATEMENT

In the ghost town that was Lower Broad 25 years ago, my mother had me in tow as we stepped into a room packed with liquidation furniture, roughly a city block wide. My teenaged apathy shattered the minute I laid eyes on what I now know was a replica of Matisse' Spanish Woman with a Tambourine. After much pleading, it took the place of both that year's birthday and Christmas presents.

I could go into detail about my education - the year I spent at the now defunct School of Visual Arts in Savannah, GA (a saga unto itself) or the listless year I tooled around Middle Tennessee State University -  but the truth is that "Matisse" painting brought me online.  I was given a solid foundation by some incredible professors and I know I am a stronger artist for it, but when it comes to being an artist, once you've been shown how the tools work the rest is up to you.

My life's work is dedicated to creating honest, pure, elevated work that delights and engages it's viewers just like that Matisse knock-off did, which still hangs prominently in my home all these years later.


MERRILEE CHALLISS

SOURCE ENERGY

November 7 - 30, 2015


"Southern Gothic-Psychedelic-Pennsylvania Dutch"... 

OPENING RECEPTION

November 7th, 2015  / 6 - 9p

ARTIST STATEMENT

I don't really feel like I am a painter, but more an illustrator of inner realms. These works represent subject matter and themes that have either entranced me (cave art, plants and animals, "journeying", fractals, psychedelic states), vexed me (witches, my own darkness), or both.

Thoughts such as: "How can I represent my belief that everything is connected in an image?" and "What will the monuments that we build to Nature and her creatures, after we have destroyed it all, look like?" and "How can I address the subject of Animal Consciousness in my work?" are rattling around in my brain as I paint.

All of the works are, of course (in some measure), failures on my part to communicate these ideas. The images merely document my attempts to essentially paint ENERGY, the spirit, or source energy of these attractant forces. It is only obliquely that I am able to realize anything objectively approaching authenticity. Because I use gouache, a medium more suited for illustration than painting, and because of my Alabama roots and reverence for subject matter that ranges from shamanism to EO Wilson, to the philosophy of Timothy Morton, I am, at best, effecting a kind of Southern Gothic-Psychedelic-Pennsylvania Dutch aesthetic. As I work, I aim to extend the connection with source energy by entering a state of flow or trance state, by turns anchoring and transcending (by obliteration) the image with strokes applied in rhythmic staccato.


RACHEL BRIGGS

LONESOME MOUNTAIN

October 3 - 31, 2015


“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”
– Lord Byron

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am drawn to the mysteries of nature- from the dark corners of lonesome mountains to the bellowing call of stormy skies, there is an all-encompassing presence, an unspeakable force that is found in wilderness. At its essence, nature is paradoxical-  it can be in one moment, a healing shroud and in another an unforgiving fury. I am there, often at that crossroads, drawn to the shift and to the greater pulse of the hidden world that surrounds.
In my work, I find myself exploring the relationship between darkness and light, both in the physical construct of each piece and as a ruling theme and metaphor.  From sketch to fully conceived, Lonesome Mountain is a collection of work that passes through various approaches and mediums, ever seeking these themes. In all, with a nod to the power of fable and folklore, I strive to stir the fantastical elements of the hinterlands alive.

EXHIBITION DETAILS

Paintings, illustrations and animations invite the viewer into the expansive unknown where humanity responds imaginatively to the spirit of the natural world. A limited edition of small press books and prints are also be available.


LISA WEISS

HAP.PEN.STANCE

September 5 - October 2, 2015


OPENING RECPTION

Septmeber 5, 2015  /  6 - 9p

ARTIST STATEMENT

hap.pen.stance is essentially about meditation through mark making and the balance between working with expressive forms while maintaining simplicity. Retaining vibrancy while remaining peaceful is necessary to me in painting and in life. 
Movements that inform gesture, repetition and pattern bring me into the moment, exploring random coincidences and diversity of form to create a unified whole. Worn and weathered marks, recalling the passage of time, evoke mystery and speak to an overall sense of awareness.  
My hope is for this body of work to spark the viewer awake, provoking heavy thought with a bit of levity for the grist mill.

A NOTE

Lisa Weiss’ work draws you in with a Zen-like magnetism. I was fortunate to include her in JMG’s first group show last summer.Her work was so well received, it shocked me to learn that this will be her first solo exhibition in Nashville. I am honored to host this seasoned, sage of an artist in her first Nashville solo.


MICHAEL McCONNELL

DOMESTICITY

August - September 1, 2015


OPENING RECEPTION

August 3, 2015 / 6-9p

ARTIST STATEMENT

Domesticity is an exploration of relationships and home life through the depiction of animals and household objects. Where previously my work referenced the past and my attempts to control it, these pieces embrace the shifting boundaries around contemporary home life and the acceptance of my own domestic relationships filled with it’s constraints, freedoms and of course dishes. The work explores normative gender roles by combining animals with ordinary household objects, reshaping the way animals are traditionally domesticated.

A NOTE

I am very pleased to host Michael McConnell's first exhibition in Nashville since the days of our beloved and long lost TAG Art Gallery. He has always been a favorite of mine and the two pieces I own are among my prize possessions. I hope you will join us on August 1st in celebrating this wonderful artist while he is in from San Francisco, CA.


NASHVILLE 9

GROUP SHOW

June - July , 2015


OPENING RECEPTION

June 6, 2015 / 6 - 9p

ARTISTS

Buddy Jackson
Sheila Bartlett
Lesley Patterson-Marx
Harry Underwood
Delia Seigenthaler
Tim Hooper
Emily Holt
Seth Conley
Julia Martin

EXHIBITION DETAILS


VICTORIA REYNOLDS

SPACE, ALUSION & ILLUSION -
WORKS ON PAPER


EXHIBITION DETAILS

Reynolds recently relocated to the east coast from Portland, OR and her work is truly a breath of crisp clean air. Described as living satellites, these intimate works on paper can only be described as masterful in their simplicity as they are in reality incredibly complex.


PAPERWORK

GROUP SHOW

March 7 - April 30, 2015


ARTISTS

Merrilee Challiss
Megan Kimber
Rachel Briggs
Julia Martin

OPENING RECEPTION

March 7, 2015 / 6-9p
 

EXHIBITION DETAILS

"Paperwork" features mixed media works by four artists: Megan Kimber (Birmingham), Merilee Chalis (Birmingham), Rachel Briggs (Nashville) and Julia Martin (Nashville). Many pieces in the show bring together the human and animal instinct, juxtaposing figures and avian elements with a dark twist.


HARRY UNDERWOOD

A SPASM OF ACCOMIDATION

January 3 - 31, 2015


OPENING RECEPTION

JANUARY 3, 2015 / 6-9p