When: Fri., June 8 2012

The Conte Community Art Gallery might just be a hallway that connects the Frist’s back entrance to the lobby, but it’s still one of my favorite places to see art in town. Case in point: Metamorphoses, which opens today, features drawings by four of Nashville’s finest artists. Vanderbilt art professor Mark Hosford was March’s artist of the month on Scene culture blog Country Life, and his work was part of the Frist’s successful Fairy Tales exhibit. But if you’re only familiar with Hosford’s prints, these drawings will knock you out. They’re Rorschach-style symmetrical drawings that are as intricate and weird as Hieronymus Bosch, but with contemporary additions like smiley faces and striped socks. MTSU art professor Erin Anfinson makes complex drawings that borrow inspiration from science and natural history. Watkins professor Kristi Hargrove makes photo-realist works that are cropped with silhouettes, giving them an unexpected surplus of negative space. And Chris Scarborough seems to be capable of just about anything, from anime-style drawings to eerie landscape photography, but he always maintains a wry edge. In July, three of the four exhibiting artists (Scarborough recently relocated to Boston, so his absence is somewhat expected but still a drag) will talk about their artistic processes in a free artists’ forum. Look for a full review of the exhibit in a forthcoming issue of the Scene.

Laura Hutson


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