Earth Fire Light


Jimmy Abegg

Buddy Jackson

Frank W. Ockenfels 3


June 27 - Aug 22, 2009

Zeitgeist is pleased to present new works by three artists that have long lasting personal and professional ties. All three are well known to the music industry and have also established themselves in the fine art realm.

Jimmy Abegg was born in Alliance, Nebraska in 1954. He is a self-taught musician, painter and photographer. He is a creative contributor on recordings, books, and film and in galleries.   As art director and working artist, photographer and craftsman, his eye plays particular attention to other places, other countries, and other people exploring the melancholy drift of why we are where we are. These questions remain unanswered except by the visual poetry of image making and the distilling of those insights in this latest suite of paintings.

Abegg most recently completed a series of paintings for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Nashville-based sculptor Buddy Jackson’s  figures presented in terra cotta and plaster assume classical poses while dealing with narratives of faith, salvation, supplication, and ecstasy in a style evoking Thomas Hart Benton and the Regionalists. Jackson’s previous bodies of work document explored fundamentalist churches in the American South and the practice of snake handling.

Jackson is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee who moved to Nashville in 1975 and founded his own design firm Jackson Design in 1983. His graphic design work has received numerous local and national awards including several Grammys and has been featured in How, Print, Communication Arts, and Photo Design magazines.

His sculptures have been purchased for the permanent collections of the Tennessee State Museum, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport, Vanderbilt and Baptist Medical Centers as well as many private collections throughout the country.  He recently completed a life-sized bronze commission of Adelicia Acklen for the Adelicia high rise in MidTown Nashville.

Frank W. Ockenfels 3 is a Los Angeles based photographer who has spent 18 years working as a portrait photographer photographing musicians, celebrities, other well-known (and not so well known) figures in Amercian culture. His images have appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Esquire, Premiere, FHM, Blender, Newsweek, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, and New York Magazine. 

He has worked with most major record labels (over 200 album covers and press shoots), photographed movie posters (Vanity Fair, Harry Potter, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and TV campaigns for all the major networks including The WB, ABC, NBC, CBS, Lifetime, Showtime TNT and Fox.

His latest body of gallery work is a visual diary and sketchbook compiled over the past several years.

Jimmy, Buddy, and Frank were featured in “Out of Their Minds”, one of Zeitgeist’s first shows some 14 years ago in Cummins Station.  The gallery is very excited about this reunion. As the gallery and the Nashville artist community have evolved, we see this show as a closing circle, a milestone for Zeitgeist, and an opportunity to celebrate new work with friends.