The last spring Art Crawl is upon us, and I can't believe the season is already at its end. The gallery scene will likely cool as the temperatures rise in the coming months, so enjoy this Saturday night's happenings and be sure to hit highlights like a trip to the dry cleaner and a food-porn feast for the eyes.
For the June crawl, The Arts Company will open a new show by gallery favorite Denise Stewart-Sanabria. Culinary Drama is a food-centric exhibition of both paintings and sculpture in which the artist's fruits, veggies and pastries act out narrative dramas, spelling out the existential horrors of their human counterparts. Expect funny, punny food porn. Abstract painter Edie Maney will also be opening a show at The Arts Company, displaying 14 new canvases inspired by her recent trip to Paris.
Once upon a time, artist Carol Mode's painted geometric canvases were covered in cascades of colorful circles and ovals — meditative affairs, precisely painted at a smallish scale. In her new exhibition at Tinney Contemporary, viewers are instead confronted by big surfaces and broad gestures. The occasional oval or circle pops up, but they're subsumed by smears and pointed rays of color. This is a point of departure, and one gets the sense that Mode has not yet landed at her arrival. In the meantime, the strength of this show is the story it tells as a mini-retrospective of the artist's work, putting these newest developments in context and tracing an ongoing creative journey. Mode's show opened during the May crawl and runs through June 21.
Holly Carden is currently a graphic design student at Watkins, and she'll be in the spotlight at the Watkins Arcade Gallery this month. Rather Sketchy gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process, highlighting the sketchbooks where Carden has developed her obsessively detailed pictorial language.
Coop Gallery will be opening The Family Business of Human Element Removal by artist Hyeon Jung Kim. Kim's show is a meditation on the materials and procedures involved in her parents' family-run dry-cleaning business. By using dry-cleaning materials and applying her creativity in a systematic process that reflects the labor-intensive practices required by the clothes-cleaning process, Kim attempts to get at the soul of the people who shaped much of her young life.
Daniel Holland's new show at Fort Houston is a nice payoff for folks intrigued by the painter's work in the Priorities show at the new Frothy Monkey space on Fifth Avenue. This new series explores liminal spaces through roughly painted geometric abstracts that manage to be both cartographic and architectural under a palette of primary colors.
Brady Haston's A Brief History of Nashville continues at Zeitgeist on Saturday. The show finds Haston introducing figurative and realistic elements into his architectural abstract paintings, and it's always interesting to see an artist making a break from one style and beginning to explore another. Haston will share the walls with Paul Collins' Building Forever — a show that jumps off from Collins' drawing practice and illustrates the connections between draftsmanship and sculpture. It's a series of 2D and 3D works that include phony-looking figures and objects made with common fugitive materials. The pieces have a Michel Gondry-esque charm and display a sweet, goofy irony.
Do kids make terrariums anymore? You know, a little landscape under glass? They probably have an app for that now. For artist Kelly S. Williams, terrariums are a reminder of the innocence of childhood, and she hopes that Life Science, her paintings of these encased worlds, kindle a sense of wonder in the viewer. See if Williams' work is more Bio-Dome or Under the Dome at David Lusk Gallery.
Julia Martin Gallery will be hosting a series of group shows this summer. Bevy includes work by artists Martin handpicked from around the region, mixing local faves with artists who'll be showing in Nashville for the first time. The first show opens at her gallery on Saturday night, and will feature work by Jono Vaughan, Kit Kite, Johnny Bruno, Angela Burks and Martin herself.
Veronica Kavass is curating her last show at the Packing Plant, and it's shaping up to be the best one yet. Local artist Jessica Clay is planning a site-specific installation that will address both the history of the building and the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Learn up, crawlers!