On Lauren Ruth's Installation in Cannonball Run III

Lauren Ruth, 2014, Long Run

"I grew up in Silicon Valley in a culture that required one to perform and conform within a strict culture of perfection and success. My work aims to poke holes and relieve some of the pressure to acheive by creating a space where the strange and the illogical can coexist. I derive my aesthetic from the sanitized material culture of institutions, gyms, and gathering spaces, and the work lampoons the macho cultures bred within these bodily associations that speak to repressed fantasies and how we sublimate our desires. Harkening back to a high school gymnasium with hanging banners, gym mats, vague motivational signage, the work references an adolescent anxiety brought on by a fiercely competitive culture that weeds out the winners from the losers.

Lauren Ruth, 2011, Invisible Link

We live in a world that never lets us off the hook and often become blind to the absurdity of our own lives. Humor and weirdness are a way of coping with the mythology of perfection that requires us to take life so seriously. Reveling in awkwardness and performing vulnerability, my work embraces failure and offers itself as a space for connection and social interaction."

Lauren Ruth, 2014, The Charger and Sanitation Seating

On artist Karen Barbour

 Installation of Karen Barbour paintings in Cannonball Run III at Zeitgeist, 2014

Installation of Karen Barbour paintings in Cannonball Run III at Zeitgeist, 2014









"I paint figuratively and abstractly, sometimes combining the two - I work in gouache and acrylic and also oil on wood and canvas.

These are psychological interpretations of our perceptions of our bodies, possessions and place in the world.

Woman with No Private Parts, 2014, Karen Barbour

Fragmented figures feeling judged. Avoiding by dreaming about others - forms that humans struggle to maintain - whether their bodies or their gardens or their hair.

Society always evaluating people by their body shapes - the clothing that shapes us - and protects us and presents an identity - same with our cars and houses etc.

Undergarments that transform the human body - push up bras, falsies, darts, corsets, spanks.

Transforming the body with electrolysis, liposuction, implants, chin implants.

Conversations overheard and then illustrated. Mental illness, gossip, imaginings, trying to be perfect, anxiety, boredom, doubts, and everlasting dissatisfaction. Part imagination, part memory, part drawn from life."

Works featured in Cannonball Run III:

Karen Barbour lives in California. She got her MFA in film from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown all over the world including at Jack Hanley in New York and The Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo. Her illustrations have appeared in the New York Times. 

 Karen Barbour, 2014 from New York Times article "Cousins, Across the Color Line"

Karen Barbour, 2014 from New York Times article "Cousins, Across the Color Line"

 Karen Barbour, 2013, from New York Times article "The Misnomer of 'Motherless' Parenting"

Karen Barbour, 2013, from New York Times article "The Misnomer of 'Motherless' Parenting"

Hans Schmitt-Matzen on his works in Cannonball Run III

John's Shark

John is my three-year-old son and he is an artist. He prefers to work in his Lightning McQueen underpants executing simple pen and ink gestures on paper. He is self-taught and rather prolific.

One afternoon while visiting my son's studio table, I found myself reflecting on questions I have found perplexing for over a decade. How do artistic gestures arrive at their meanings? What roles do training and experience play in engendering meaning in a mark? How do such simple forms appear to be complete ideas? Is there a language of marks that is innate for us?

John's Tyrannosaurus Rex

I thought about how easy it can be for adults to dismiss children's early abstract artworks. In the past I have been guilty of not giving the work of young artists as much time and attention as they may deserve. I wanted to translate some of John's best drawings into a grander medium that made his forms more difficult to neglect. Neon signs are a medium designed for making bold announcements in the public sphere, and they are nearly impossible to ignore. I have always loved the way neon tubes appear to harness light, I view neon works as non-objects that instead reveal themselves as a delicate and ephemeral ether. These connotations made the neon medium a poetic choice for me.


Article on hyperallergic.com about Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis

Big Bang Vinyl

 Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis, “Plane of Impact” (Performance Still) (2014), HD Video, 14:00 Minutes, Edition of 3 (1 AP)

Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis, “Plane of Impact” (Performance Still) (2014), HD Video, 14:00 Minutes, Edition of 3 (1 AP)

Using the breaking and reformation of a thousand vinyl records, artists Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis interpret the creation of the cosmos. The relics of this process and its final cacophonous product are on view at Pierogi gallery in Williamsburg.

Taking a line from Arthur C. Clarke’s 1968 sci-fi novel 2001: A Space OdysseyMy God, It’s Full of Stars started at Nashville’s United Record Pressing. There 500 grooveless black records, and 500 grooveless white records, were made, only to be shattered by volunteers against a grey wall (a perhaps heavy-handed suggestion of black and white color mixing). A video of the destruction projects against one wall in Pierogi, in which bits of dark and light vinyl pile up against the shattering noise. This sound was recorded on one side of new records pressed from the shards, with the other side imprinted with the sounds of the records’ creation.

Cosmic references aside, the project is definitely a successor to “Box with the Sound of Its Own Making” by Robert Morris from 1961 — a wooden cube which played a recording of its construction. That along with the 2001 reference and the vinyl record itself make the whole project a bit of an art and pop culture throwback. One of the Harmony of the Spheres records made from the melting of black and white vinyl bits spins silently in the gallery, the uncut edges from the pressing process left in a gnarled ring of encircling plastic. While the LP’s birth, death, and rebirth is on center stage — with limited edition box sets available — the experiments with the vinyl byproducts can be just as interesting. In “OMG, It’s Full of Stars,” raw PVC beads act as the darkness of the universe over a flat screen while suggestions of galaxies and stars beautifully emerge from the cracks; “Oddity” has a record reduced to a black blob meant to look like a meteorite. The two feel more immediately engaged in the vinyl record-cosmos crossover.

My God, It’s Full of Stars, which was exhibited in another edition earlier this year at Zeitgeist Gallery near United Record Pressing in Nashville, is the first New York solo show for the duo of Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis. Cooley has exhibited with Pierogi before, with last year’s Skyward film installation on the ceiling of the Boiler. Together they’ve also collaborated on the video and installation “Through the Skies for You” (2013), a tribute to the missing ship of 17th century explorer Robert de La Salle, lost somewhere in Lake Michigan. Both artists have an intense interest in process and the materials, and while you might not think of the Big Bang or black holes or the formation of universes when you accidentally drop a vinyl record, there can be these grand echoes even in the simplest of destructions.

Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis: My God, It’s Full of Stars continues at Pierogi (177 North 9th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) through July 27.

Vesna Pavlovic/ The Phillips Collection/ opening 5/22/14



Washington, DC

1600 21st Street, NW (at Street)

Thursday, May 22nd

(through September 28, 2014) 

Vesna Pavlovic will give an artist's perspective on her installation at the Phillips on May 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Using documentary materials sourced fromThe Phillips Collection's library and archives,Vesna Pavlovic examines the museum's history of exhibition and display in a new installation.

Beginning May 22. Illuminated Archiveshowcases a 20-foot translucent curtain printed with digitally manipulated images and two related c-prints that explore the idea of transparency, both photographic and historic. The installation is part of the Phillips's ongoing Intersections series, a projecthighlighting contemporary art and artists in conversation with the museum's permanent collection and archives.

Vesna Pavlovic holds an MFA degree in visual arts from Columbia University in New York. She has exhibited widely,  including solo shows at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, the Museum of History of Yugoslavia, the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, and the Crocker Art Museum  in Sacramento. Her work is included in major private and public art collections, including The Phillips Collection and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, and teaches photography and digital media at Vanderbilt University.


The Phillips Collection is one of the world's most distinguished collections of lmpressionist and Modem

American and European art. Stressing the continuity between art of the past and present, it offers astrikingly original and experimental approach to Modem art by combining works of different nationalities and periods in displays that change frequently. 

Indeterminacies performance at Zeitgeist 5/22/14- 7PM

Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones) and Tom Rainey (drums) are celebrating the release of their first duo recording titled "And Other Desert Towns" (Relative Pitch Records 1018) by touring the States. The duo's music draws on the several years and many projects they have shared since they began working together. Their experiences of playing original compositions, free improvisations and even standard songs inform this intimate setting of improvised duets. 

"Two musicians each with intimate understanding about their counterpart's abilities, tendencies, and artistic vision delve fearlessly into each other."  

Francis Bradley/Jazz Right Now

Ingrid Laubrock soprano,alto and tenor saxophone: 

Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock lived in London/UK from 1989 - 2008 and is now residing in Brooklyn. She performed and recorded with: Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran,Tim Berne, Hamid Drake, Mark Helias, Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, John Edwards,Veryan Weston, Luc Ex,Django Bates,The Continuum Ensemble and others.
As part of the F-ire Collective, she won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004,she was nominated for the BBC Jazz Award for 'Rising Star' in 2005, and the recipient of the 'Fellowship in Jazz Composition' by the Arts Foundation in 2006. She won the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize the and was one of the final nominees for the 2009 Westfalen Jazz Preis .

Ingrid is also a prolific composer who has written for her own groups as well as for classical orchestra. Her orchestral piece "Vogelfrei" was performed by the American Composers Orchestra and the Tricentric Orchestra in 2012.

Tom Rainey drums: 

Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 he has performed and or recorded with the following artists: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Julian Arguelles, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Kris Davis, Mark Ducret, Mark Feldman, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, Andy Laster, Ingrid Laubrock, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, Mike Nock, Simon Nabatov, New and Used, Anita O'Day, Andrea Parkins, Herb Robertson, Angelica Sanchez, Louis Sclavis, Brad Shepik, Ken Werner, Denny Zeitlin.

Current activities include performing and recording music with the Tom Rainey Trio as well as his new quintet Obbligato. Tom also continues working with many of the aforementioned artists.

also on thursday:

An Out of the Lunch Box discussion at the Nashville Central Library (noon)

A master class in the library auditorium (1:30PM)

Indeterminacies moderated by Dr. Robert Fry (7:00PM)

May 3rd Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston TONIGHT

Here's what's happening this month:
David Lusk Gallery
516 Hagan Street
David Lusk Gallery Nashville introduces a series of new abstract paintings and organic sculpture from Nashville artist Kit Reuther. Her recent participation in art fairs, like Art Miami, has propelled her work onto the national art world stage
Learn more at: http://on.fb.me/1rzmqTL
Fort Houston
500 Houston Street
"Ray Palumbo documents the waning industry of rural American tourism with Cave City, and Chelsea Wright, also a documentary photographer, examines the subculture of motocross in Weekend Warriors." Laura Huston, Nashville Scene
Extended throughout May!
Learn more at: http://bit.ly/1fnKbOF
444 Pop Up Gallery
444 Humphreys St., Suite B (Outside)
Learn more at: http://on.fb.me/QZ4DK4
Ground Floor Gallery
427 Chestnut Street (inside Chestnut Square)..
Opening reception for Meet of the Matter, a solo exhibition by Jake Weigel, from 6-9pm at Ground Floor Gallery. Artist talk begins at 6:30.
Learn more at: http://on.fb.me/S6hE62
Harvest Hands
424 Humphrey Street
503 Hagan St. 
Hunter+Gatherer will have their doors open. It is a lifestyle brand with a focus on handmade original and re-purposed utilitarian art and decor. 
Learn more at: http://www.huntergatherersociety.com/
Infinity Cat Recordings
467 Humphreys St.
Learn more at: www.infinitycat.com
Julia Martin Gallery
444 Humphreys St., Suite A (Inside)
Ongoing at Julia Martin Gallery for the #AMWH May Art Walk is "HEAD CASE" an exhibition of figurative and functional ceramic work by David Kenton Kring
Merritt Mansion
441 Humphreys St
"Notes from the 422nd Annual Wraiths for Writing" Art Show 6-9pm
Amelia Garretson-Persans
Learn more at: http://on.fb.me/1rO4dBY
Ovvio Arte
425 Chestnut Street
Learn more at: http://ovvioarte.com/
The Packing Plant
507 Hagan St
New pop up exhibit 6-9:
A collaboratively curated and executed installation by the Indiana University Sculpture BFA students and their professor, Mike Calway-Fagen. 
Seed Space
1209 4th Ave South (Inside Track One)
"Run's House Remix" by Black & Jones 8-9:30pm
"Eventually the Pendulum Swings" by Lester Merriweather
Learn more at: http://seedspace.org/current-exhibitions.
Track One
1209 4th Ave South
Learn more at: http://on.fb.me/1h8OOHw
Zeitgeist Gallery
516 Hagan Street
Two new shows open at Zeitgeist Gallery on 5/3
Brady Haston - A Brief History of Nashville
Karen Seapker - Re: Surface

Burnaway Reviews Zeitgeist Exhibit Harmony of the Spheres

  Harmony of the Spheres, video still, 2014

Harmony of the Spheres, video still, 2014


For the latest exhibition at Nashville’s Zeitgeist Gallery, multimedia artists Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis have achieved a rare feat. They’ve produced a diverse exhibition with a single material: vinyl.

When I first heard about the exhibition, I assumed an all-vinyl show would be gimmicky or nostalgic. You know, the way exhibitions of art made out of old books can be.

I was wrong.

When you walk into the gallery, the space feels charged with an ominous quietude. Three undulating black vinyl sculptures, titled Dark Matter 01, 02, and 03, greet the viewer. Perched on white pedestals and each dignified with its own spotlight, the organic formations teem with potential energy, as if at any moment they could worm their way down from their towers and onto the floor. Overhead, Dark Star, a large tentacled form suspended from the ceiling, reaches out in all directions.

Borrowing the title from an ancient Greek concept linking music and celestial movement, Harmony of the Spheres uses vinyl as a tool to explore themes of creation and destruction, black hole theories, points of singularity, and flat-earth philosophies.

Digital scans of vinyl records hang on the main wall. Here, the vinyl records—seen broken, eclipsing one other, or fading into a black abyss—are abstracted to the point that they read more as omniscient oculi than as music devices. Standing in front of the images, which feel simultaneously cellular and planetary, the mind oscillates between perceiving the looping grooves of LPs and the celestial patterns of the cosmos.

Cooley and Lewis push their material to new limits in each piece, from a starry sky made using vinyl pellets on a light box to a dense nugget of torched vinyl to a two-toned wavy tower of layered vinyl.

The exhibition also includes two video works: one is the documentation of a record-breaking performance (literally) and the other, Point of Singularity, is a meditative video featuring thousands of vinyl pellets being sucked into black-hole-like central point.

The vinyl for this project came directly from United Record Pressing, the largest vinyl record pressing plant in the country, which happens to be located near the gallery. The artists made many of the works inside the factory walls. “We were able to not only have records pressed, but also conduct our own long ‘shifts’ at the factory.” Inside, they built sculptures straight from vinyl remnants as they came off the presses and generated the photographs, videos, and sound for other pieces.

Cooley and Lewis, who met and began working together a year ago as residents at the Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska, are a powerful team. While accomplished artists individually, their combined vision and aesthetic senses have the ability to chart a lot more territory. “Problem solving, critical engagement, and making connections happens much faster with two brains,” they say. “In general, it has changed the way we approach our own work, and has been a very productive way to make art.”

If their first collaborative piece, which won the 3-D Award at ArtPrize 2013, is any indication of the future trajectory of their artistic partnership, then Cooley and Lewis are just getting started.

“Harmony of the Spheres” is on view at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville through April 26.

Sara Estes is the gallery coordinator at Fisk University and curator of the art space Threesquared. She lives, writes, and works in Nashville.


Zeitgeist Neighborhood Wedgewood/Houston Focus of Nashville Business Journal Article

Wedgewood/Houston is the focus of E.J. Boyer's new article in The Nashville Business Journal, "Where Art Lives: Neighborhood's Revival Fueling Nashville Arts Scene." You can read the whole article here.

 Zeitgeist Gallery

Zeitgeist Gallery

Describing the old Mays Hosiery Mill, Boyer says, "Inside the building, quiet hallways still bear vestiges, like an outdated time-card punch, of the building’s former life. But behind closed doors, a creative class is bringing the building — and subsequently the neighborhood — back to life."

On Zeitgeist's move to the neighborhood she says, "Last summer, Zeitgeist moved to Wedgewood-Houston, bringing its followers and commercial presence to the community.

“We knew that we were going to have to move from 21st Avenue, and we looked at several areas,” said Lain York, the gallery’s director. “This seemed to be natural. … It made sense to Janice [Zeitlin, the owner,] to move the gallery closer to the studio community.”

York, a painter himself, has rented studio space in Wedgewood-Houston for 18 years.

“First and foremost, this community is about the studio space,” he said. “Us and David Lusk are just retail points. We hope to serve as a resource and provide education when we can. … The studio community is really the lifeblood of a visual art scene.”"

Core Development has a 7 acre project planned in the area, "Vice President of Development Andrew Beaird said it’s too early to know what the final development plan will look like, but said the company wants to preserve the neighborhood’s artisan and maker history.

“What we like about this neighborhood is the fact that there is a significant concentration of artisans, the music industry and a lot of people who are making and creating,” he said. “They need access to a raw space that they can customize.”"

On View at Zeitgeist March 1-April 26, 2014

March 1, 5:30-9:00PM
Please join us for the opening reception. All artists will be present.


Trace Element by Lars Strandh presents paintings in which layers and layers of thinly applied hues come together as skeins of unified color. These meticulously painted works of beauty come to us from Oslo, Norway where Lars currently lives and works.

more on Trace Element here 

Harmony of the Spheres by Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis seeks to present the creation of the universe through a mixed media installation. They combine sound, video, and smashed vinyl to present a work unlike anything you've ever seen before. The artists join us from Los Angeles and Chattanooga.

more on Harmony of the Spheres here 

This event is part of Art & Music at Wedgewood/Houston. Like the facebook page for complete listing of area first Saturday events.

Zeitgeist Artists Outside Exhibits

My Journey to the Stars, solo exhibit by Brent Stewart at Sewanee

My Journey to the Stars, a solo exhibition of videos by Brent Stewart, multi-media artist from Nashville, Tennessee.

February 21 - March 22, 2014

  Still from My Journey to the Stars, Brent Stewart

Still from My Journey to the Stars, Brent Stewart

Artist talk and reception Friday, February 28 at 4:30 PM

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is pleased to present My Journey to the Stars, a video installation by Nashville artist Brent Stewart.

My Journey to the Stars is a 4-channel video installation looping ominous black cubes in various interiors and rustic landscapes that appear to be floating or hovering while they slowly spin around. The tone of the work is formal modes of the modernist cube presented as a surreal alien visiting from another universe with sublime tension hidden under the surface.

Brent Stewart is a multi-media artist, whose works include painting, performance, photography, and video installation. He is a Nashville native who received his MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2003.

In 2010, his work was included in the LA based Robert & Tiltons gallery show: "Projections" by "31 of the most influential filmmakers of our time" and selected in 2010 as Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film." His photography has been featured in the Nike sponsored exhibition and published edition: Being True, "22 Years of American Youth." His short film, The Dirty Ones, premiered at the

2009 Sundance Film Festival, which was produced by film auteur Harmony Korine and the French fashion designer, agnés b.

Carlos Gallery

Nabit Art Building

105 Kennerly Road

University of the South

Sewanee, Tennessee

gallery hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00PM

contact: Jessica Wohl     931.598.1256        jewohl@sewanee.edu

Lain York at The Frist Center

Lain York: Selections From the National Gallery 

January 31-May 11, 2014 at The Frist Center For the Visual Arts

Our congratulations to Zeitgeist Gallery Director and Artist, Lain York, on his Solo exhibit at the Frist Center For the Visual Arts in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery.


 Lain York: Selections from the National Gallery is a tribute to John Adams, a Founding Father and the second president of the United States. Inspired by such books as David McCullough's biography of John Adams and Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Nashville artist Lain York has created a series of colorful silhouettes that capture the vitriolic politics of the past, which the artist feels may be seen as precedents for the divisive politics of 21st century America. Despite the significance of the depicted scenes, York uses stick-on vinyl-often wrinkled or hanging loose-as his primary medium. This subverts the sense of dignity that often marks traditional history paintings. Fristcenter.org

Related Events (all free with museum admission):

Feb 21, 7pm and Feb 25, 12pm - ARTini - discussion between Lain York and Frist Center chief curator Mark Scala.

March 16, 2pm - Artful Tales - Family program with story telling and collage project inspired by York's work.

March 27, 6:30pm - Artist Tour of exhibit by York.

Bon Homme, 2013

  Inspectors, 2013

Inspectors, 2013


Ornament, 2013

Drop by Zeitgeist, Saturday Dec 7,  between 11 and 7 to enter your name for a chance to win Ornament, by Patrick DeGuira. Part of Shade Models.

Shade Models, Installation