On October 7, at Fort Negley Visitors Center, Paul Collins will present a series of 18" x 24" ink on paper drawings done on site at St Cloud Hill.
"St Cloud Hill is a landscape that embodies the dynamics of nature, history, and commerce that seem to define Nashville as I know it. It's almost as if Ft Negley's elevation is testament to the depth of competing claims to its site. By daylight, rung by highways and train lines, the old Sounds stadium might more aptly be called Ft Neglect, but by night the hill and surrounding lots offer a rare wide darkness and quietness to the nashville’s cloying irradiant skyline. I pass the hill everyday commuting to work. I’ve visited occasionally but mostly driven by."
"Fast forward to now. It’s 2017. After 30 years as a studio artist I’m trying to work in a way that is visible and that matters. It's time for me to look at the world with more urgency, with more openness, and outside of my comfort zone. It is amazing how wonderfully uncontrollable it is to make an on-site drawing by comparison to working in the crucible of the studio. The unpredictability shakes me up in a positive way and let’s me slowly see things that had become routinely unseen. This process is about paying attention and being paid back in moments of awareness. I am grateful for everything I learn in just a simple hour spent looking at the world while drawing. I am lucky for the days I have spent looking at and across this beautiful complicated hillock."
Watch for Paul Collins' next Zeitgeist show in 2018.