Sarah Applebaum & Nick DeFord

When: Aug. 30-Oct. 5 2012

In the past year, some of Nashville’s strongest art shows have been displayed at Vanderbilt’s Space 204 gallery, and the first two exhibitions of the semester show no signs of the back-to-school blahs. Mind Reader is a display of sculpture and installation art by Sarah Applebaum that promises to bridge “the gap between the psychological and the psychedelic.” The press release that Space 204 sent along left me doubting, but a visit to the online galleries at the artist’s website brought these words to mind: colorful, ambitious, funny, hyperbolic and, yes, psychedelic. Space 204’s online announcement about Nick DeFord’s The Other Side offers this round-up of the artist’s favorite subjects: “strange locales, monsters, the occult and mysticism.” I think of these works as multimedia paintings, fashioned out of maps, stickers, fabric and thread. DeFord combines materials to create compelling textures, and his candy-store palette will surely challenge Applebaum’s saturated hues for eyeball time. DeFord’s website offers lots of images too, but he had us at the description — strange, mystical occult monsters are right up our alley.

Joe Nolan

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