by Joe Nolan
Even though I always claim that the art scene slows down in the summer, even I have a hard time believing it this year. The new Zeitgeist gallery series looks to be the best summer programming they’ve had in years, and they’ve always gone the extra mile even during the dog days; the Frist is brimming with a variety of exciting shows; and the recent Shane Doling/Dooby Tompkins opening at Brick Factory found Nashville’s creative community packing the place despite the sweltering temps. Add to all of these Barry Buxkamper’s Inside Out/Outside In.
The exhibition is the biggest show of Buxkamper’s work I’ve seen, and it’s a stunner. Featuring sculptural displays of image studies pinned to the walls in bulky bunches, these preparatory works give way to a gallery full of Buxkamper’s signature shaped canvases featuring precisely detailed mind-bending narratives — they’re rendered in bold palettes and hang flat against the gallery walls without frames or backing boards. You’ll likely find a favorite painting among those on display, but it’s the Chinese-takeout-themed wall sculptures that you’ll want to run off with.