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5 Rooms @ 3rd Avenue South


"5 Rooms is a pop-up exhibition organized by Karen Seapker and Vadis Turner. For this exhibition, four artists and one collective have each been invited to take over a room as they wish in a raw space in downtown Nashville. The exhibition spans a wide variety of media consisting of but not limited to painting, sculpture, textiles, social practice, and ceramics. Bringing together artists from Nashville and Knoxville, TN and Tuscaloosa and Gee’s Bend, Alabama- this exhibition builds upon the artistic social network unique to artists living in the South. 

The show opens August 15th from 6-8pm and will run until August 30th. Following the opening, the gallery will be open by appointment. The exhibition space is located at 509 3rd Ave. S, Nashville, TN. 

More about the artists:

Joshua Bienko (b. 1978, NY) received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2008, and his BFA from the University of Buffalo in 2000. He has exhibited at Dallas Contemporary (TX), Artpace (TX), Labor Ebertplatz (Köln), Vox Populi (PA), Big Medium (TX) and the Guggenheim Museum (in collaboration with YouTube Play Biennial). Bienko’s mixtape Always Already Here, Vol. 1, will be featured in the artist run art fair Artscape in Baltimore, MD this month. Drive: The Story of My Life, a three-person exhibition (with Piper Brett and Layet Johnson) opens in early August at SOIL Gallery in Seattle. He is one of the founding members of Ortega y Gasset Projects in Gowanus, a 2009 Tanne Foundation recipient, and a Hambidge Residency and V.C.C.A Fellow. He lives and works in Knoxville, where he teaches drawing in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee.

The quilters of Gee’s Bend have been the subject of national critical acclaim and popularity since their first appearance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2002. Made by multiple generations of women from the isolated, rural community of Gee’s Bend (now Boykin), Alabama, these quilts have been compared to the likes of high modernist paintings as well as improvisational jazz. With their innovative compositions of bold patterns, colors and textures, these masterful quilts continue to occupy the imagination of the American public. They have had solo exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian and Philadelphia Museum of art, just to name a few. Specific quilters in this exhibition include Mary Ann Pettway and Arlonzia Pettway.

Virginia Griswold is an artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. She received an MFA in Sculpture/Glass from Alfred University, Alfred, NY in 2011 and a BFA in Glass/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in 2004. She has also studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Penland School of Crafts. In 2009, she received a Brooklyn Arts Council Re-Grant to fund the project: What it is, What it will be: Objects Found and Altered in Brooklyn, as well as, a fellowship in Sculpture from the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2011 she was awarded a residency fellowship from Alfred University to study at the the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris for the spring of 2012. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Gullkistan residency in Laugarvatn, Iceland in June 2014. Her solo exhibition Near Earth Objects opened at Austin Peay State University in October of 2014. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and 3D Foundations at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.

Bryce McCloud / Isle of Printing 
Found on a misty morning in 1997 swaddled in a bespoke hand printed paper suit, Bryce has sought to do his family and uncle proud by manufacturing novelty letterpress ephemera and inflicting public art mayhem on the largest possible audience allowed by the laws of nature. He is closely associated with Isle of Printing the shop he founded in 1997 in Nashville, Tennessee. He has used this combination letterpress print shop and public art generator to create novel works of art in the public and private spheres for nearly 20 years both locally and abroad. Working with Third Man Records he has been involved in a Grammy award-winning project The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records. In 2011 he worked in residency at the homeless shelter Room in the Inn. This led to the creation of the public art project Our Town Nashville, a city wide event that has spanned 3 years and involved thousands of Nashvillians to help create a collective portrait of the city of with support from the Nashville Metro Arts commission. His large-scale installations can be seen in several prominent locations around Nashville and have been featured internationally. Renaming the shop’s neighborhood Pie Town in 2014 – he is currently working on creating a place for unconventional community minded fine art to flourish in our city.

Pete Schulte (b.1970) received an MFA from The University of Iowa in 2008. Recent exhibitions include Build a Fire at Whitespace(GA), Pete Schulte Drawings / John Dilg Paintings at Jeff Bailey Gallery(NY), Between Moth And Flame at Whitespec(GA), A Letter Edged In Black at The Visual Arts Gallery at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Pardon Up Here at Luise Ross Gallery(NY). His work has also been included in recent group exhibitions at Look&Listen (Saint-Chamas, France) and in Simplest Means at Jeff Bailey Gallery (NY). He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Threewalls. Art In America, Burnaway, and The New Art Examiner have reviewed his work, among others. Pete Schulte divides his time between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, where he teaches drawing at The University of Alabama and co-directs The Fuel And Lumber company with Amy Pleasant.
Comprised of works on paper, objects and a wall drawing, A Letter Edged In Black 3: Expulsion, is the first of two related installations that Pete Schulte will present in Nashville this fall. A Letter Edged In Black 4: The Belletrist opens at The Packing Plant on Saturday, November 7.

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