NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (July 16, 2019) – Wearable art and sculptural mask artist Jym Davis’ new show False Faces: New Masks debuts with an opening reception at the Green Gallery at Turnip Green Creative Reuse (TGCR) on August 3rd, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event takes place at TGCR at 407 Houston Street, Nashville, TN 37203.
Davis’ work reflects his interest in conservation, environmentalism, and 'otherworldly' landscapes and features the animals and landscapes where his artwork was made. “Each sculpture becomes an expression of the landscape, with characteristics emerging as sharp angles, prickly spikes, gentle curves, or rounded edges. I work in wearable art because it directly connects the viewer to my creation. When a person inhabits a piece of my work, it changes both their appearance and the way they interact with it.”
“My masks and wearable sculptures are inspired by the last remaining wild places in America,” Davis says. “As I work, the masks begin to take on the personality of the terrain and the animals that inhabit the area. Sometimes my masks are inspired by a fossil or a single artifact. Other times the masks represent forgotten creatures or beasts that might have been.” The show False Faces: New Masks features masks that are all inspired by animals that Jym has encountered during his residencies in National Parks. Many of the animals that inform the masks are endangered and in need of increased awareness. In the spirit of Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Jym’s self-taught paper-mâché process includes using recyclable materials (cardboard, paper, chip board, etc).
Jym is an Associate Professor of Art at Reinhardt University in Georgia. Since 2016, Jym has been a National Park Artist-In-Resident five times: Big Cypress Preserve in Florida, Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, Craters of the Moon Monument in Idaho, and Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. His most recent exhibitions include Feinkunst-Krueger gallery in Germany and Treat Gallery in NYC. Jym also has an extensive global exhibition record and has work in collections across the world.
This community event is free, open to the public and features the artist reception, snacks and drinks. This show is one of several on the Wedgewood-Houston Art Crawl circuit and will be on display in the Green Gallery through August 31st.
ABOUT TURNIP GREEN CREATIVE REUSE
Turnip Green Creative Reuse (TGCR) is a nonprofit that diverts usable material from our landfill for creative endeavors through innovative programming including workshops, a retail store, community education and a green art gallery featuring art made from reusable materials. TGCR has partnered with many in Nashville to provide programming and projects, including Artober, Pet Community Center, Nashville Public Library system, Metro Schools, ZeroLandfill, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Metro Arts Commission, WRLT’s Live on the Green, Earth Day, Now Playing Nashville, Southern Festival of Books, The Hermitage Fall Fest, University School, Untitled and Platetone Printmaking Cooperative. TGCR has four areas of service: a retail store, education/outreach, artist studios, and a gallery.
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