by Laura Hutson
I went to an art opening on Friday, and the main thing that struck me wasn't the strength of the art but the common-sense innovation with which it was presented — a friend of the artist lent his home to stand in for a gallery space. This is a trend that Nashville needs more of. Our art scene is small and inclusive enough to facilitate many more of these homey, intimate, down-to-earth exhibition spaces.
The artist is David Cordero, and the house belongs to Jonathan Paul Gillette. Cordero really couldn't have asked for a better home to exhibit his work in — Gillette, a Nashville-based artist who has shown his work at Coop, designed and built the 12South-area house himself, and it's a statement in stark minimalism, but with a few barn-like details to warm it up.
I got there early so I could take some pictures before the sun went down, but by the time I'd left the place was fairly crowded with a mix of hip art kids, professors from Watkins and Belmont, the Chicago-based artist's friends from out of town, and just about everything in between. My favorite piece was a funerary wreath that seemed to have been burned into the blank wall with sunlight — it was as if the shadow of the wreath was permanently etched into the wall after the wreath had been taken away, like a much subtler and spooky version of a Michael Neff piece.
A few photographs of the living room/gallery space after the jump. I've also thrown in some shots of JPG's car because I love it — the Nissan Pathfinder in an Escalade wrap is the most crowd-pleasing piece I've come across in a while.