THE ARTS COMPANY PRESENTS
WorkSpaces: Artists’ Studios II
A New Series of Photographs by Jerry Park
Co-curators Anne Brown (The Arts Company) and Lain York (Zeitgeist)
First Saturday Art Crawl, December 7, 6-9 pm
The exhibition continues through January 11, 2014
Nashville, TN (Fall 2013) – The Arts Company on 5th Avenue of the Arts celebrates the holiday art season presenting Nashville-based “WorkSpaces: Artists’ Studios II” by photographer Jerry Park. Co-curators Anne Brown (The Arts Company) and Lain York (Zeitgeist) have collaborated to organize this second in a series of exhibitions featuring photographs detailing the intimate yet sometimes sprawling spaces used as working studios, including those of locally acclaimed gallery and independent artists Jane Braddock, Trey Gossett, Brady Haston, Marilyn Murphy, Roger Clayton, Brian Tull, and Vesna Pavlovic, among many more.
In this year’s exhibition, experience an insider’s perspective of Nashville’s vibrant visual arts community through the photographer’s behind-the-scenes lens exploring the variety of studio settings, including home studios in kitchens, garages, and basements; outdoor studios set up in trucks and tents; as well as university studios; and more. In addition, the exhibit will highlight history in the making and history of the past by honoring an In Memoriam featuring Jerry Park’s studio photos for artists Jack Hastings, Sylvia Hyman, and Brother Mel. Beginning December 7, during First Saturday Art Crawl, 6PM-9PM, and continuing through January 11, the exhibit will be on view Upstairs at The Arts Company during regular gallery hours, 11AM-5:00PM, Tuesday-Saturday.
Collectors Art Night, offering a first look at the exhibit and a rare opportunity to meet and greet the artists whose studios are featured in the exhibit, is scheduled for Friday, December 6, at 7:15PM. Nashville Arts Magazine Editor Paul Polycarpou will serve as moderator for a panel featuring photographer Jerry Park, and co-curators Anne Brown and Lain York. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required – 5thAvenueoftheArts@gmail.com.
ABOUT WorkSpaces: Artists’ Studios II / Artist & Curator’s Perspectives
Anne Brown, The Arts Company—“Jerry Park has performed a great service for Nashville's visual arts community by focusing his keen photographic eye on dozens of studios where dozens of artists in the Nashville area are at work. We tend to think of artists as people who magically produce artwork somewhere, somehow. Jerry's photographs remind us that making art involves physical work and tangible materials. His artist series follows his initial series of WorkSpaces, showcasing the workspaces of legendary small privately owned businesses in Nashville such as Purity Dairies, Standard Candy, and Percy's Shoe Shop. He is now offering us an insider's view of where and how artists in our community create their work. This surely documents history in the making in our city, widely known as a creative community.”
Lain York, Zeitgeist Gallery—"Once again, Jerry Park gives us all a unique insight into Nashville's visual art studio community. Physical workspaces for visual artists are the lifeblood for all spokes of the creative industry hub here and put paid to the matter of a healthy studio community leading to a healthy and thriving city. This visual record, aside from being the latest report of a Who's-Who working in the area presently, also reveals trends and innovations within the vernacular of studio communities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. I look forward to seeing what the next installment brings."
Jerry Park, Photographer/Artist—“I am fascinated by personal workspace, and what it tells me about the artist. Here is an aspect to the making of art that, though seldom witnessed, can provide insight into the artist and how that artist best creates. And that is the studio - the place where the artist does their thing. Each of the artists’ workspaces that are represented in this project are a living, vibrant part of who they are when they pick up the brush, stretch a canvas, turn on the potter’s wheel, wrest the magic from Photoshop, or press scraper to a lathed hunk of wood. Just as the artists in any healthy community play a unique role in the enjoyment of its citizens, so, too, does the space that their work is crafted in shape, encourage, facilitate, and ultimately leave its print on the work itself. And, a collective look at these spaces reveal much about the health and progress of the individual artists as well as the greater creative community.”
ABOUT Jerry Park, Photographer
Jerry Park is celebrating his 12th year as a professional photographer. While honoring the treasures of the past, he explores new places to photograph, having seen all of the United States except Alaska, exposing him to wonderful conversations and scenes. Ideas for shooting, especially series, come flooding forth from these moments. For example, he photographs the West with its bold canyons, peaks, shorelines and trees; New Orleans with its colors and drama; the South with its traditions and melancholy; and the mid-west with its rolling hills, patterned fields, and granaries.
ABOUT The Arts Company
Established in December 1996, The Arts Company has become an arts cornerstone on 5th Avenue of the Arts in Downtown Nashville. Known as a prime destination for fresh, original, and contemporary artwork in photography, painting, and sculpture, by artists from emerging to legendary, The Arts Company offers a distinctive Nashville experience in a welcoming environment of over 6,000 square feet in a historic building.