NASHVILLE, TN – April 12, 2019 – Christina Renfer Vogel brings vibrant paintings of potted plants and florals in her exhibition “Retreat” and John Salvest showcases delicately stamped ink trees for his first solo show in “Field Guide” on display April 30-May 25 at David Lusk Gallery Nashville.
The exhibition opening is 5-8 p.m. May 4 and open to the public. Both artists will take part in the DiaLoGue seminar 11 a.m. May 11.
Staging some against patterned backdrops, Vogel finds theatricality in both her painting process and finished product. She frequently paints a single flower or sparse arrangement in front of a solid background, highlighting a random arrangement.
Vogel works with snapshots as source material, translating moments into paintings. Fitting with her traditional studio-based practice, Vogel is often influenced by things she brings into her studio from the outside.
Her occupation with the everydayness of houseplants encourages her to put these select found objects in conversation with each other. Rich green leaves mix with loud patterns and serene colors, creating a haven for Vogel and endless arrangements for paintings.
Vogel has participated in artist residencies at the Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Most recently she attended an artist residency program at JSS in Civitia Castellana, Italy. She holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Recent shows include solo exhibitions at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minneapolis and the Julia Martin Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. Vogel is a recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, among other awards. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
In “Field Guide,” artist John Salvest entices viewers to look closely at each vein, leaf point and trunk marking of the intricately stamped ink trees. The name of each tree stamped in the corner allows this exhibition to feel like an oversized guide book.
Salvest’s love for wordplay stands out in the piece “Tree of Trees,” a cylindrical sculpture made from a vintage stamp holder and retired wooden bank stamps. Stands like this are often called “trees” due to their vertical, layered nature. Salvest replaced the bank stamps with a collection of homemade leaf stamps. These stamps showcase 26 different species of trees, resulting in a tree of trees.
Salvest is a Professor of Art at Arkansas State University. He received his B.A. in English from Duke University and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Iowa. In addition to being reviewed and featured in numerous publications, such as Art in America, The New York Times, Art Papers and The New York Examiner, Salvest is the recipient of various awards and grants including National Endowments for the Arts Fellowships in 1991 and 1993, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1998.
He has completed public art projects for the Cannon Center for Performing Arts in Memphis and the Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport. His work has been presented in solo and group shows throughout the country.
David Lusk Gallery is located at 516 Hagan Street in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
For more information or visuals, contact Amelia Briggs at 615-780-9990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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