Selvage Opens Tonight at TSU

Alex Blau

Alex Blau

An exhibition of contemporary, abstract textile art opens tonight at TSU. Nashville Scene Arts Editor, Laura Hutson curated the show with local artist Jodi Hays, and the two have pulled together quite a lineup. In addition to local luminaries like Alex Blau and Courtney Adair Johnson, Selvage includes a selections by a TSU professor and one out-of-towner that look to be among the show’s strongest.

Jovencio de la Paz

Jovencio de la Paz

Jovencio de la Paz may offer the most dramatic work of the night with his 12 feet wide, batik and indigo on cotton tapestry which presents a blue-and-white landscape of symbolic pictographs that simultaneously recall primitive petroglyphs, modern circuit board designs and NASA’s Pioneer plaques.

Brandon Donahue

Brandon Donahue

The pieces that caught my eye in the exhibition’s first press release were Brandon Donahue’s basketball sculptures which find the TSU professor splitting rocks to reveal flower forms that are both alien and familiar. I love the way this process reduces the logos, text and colors that decorate a ball into random-seeming, abstract blotches, and, for me, this work looks like a slam dunk.

Tonight’s opening is at TSU’s Hiram Van Gordon Memorial Gallery from 6 – 8 P.M. The show runs through December 6.

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Joe Nolan is the visual arts editor. He is a poet, musician, artist and critic who distills the city's gallery scene from Nashville's east side. Find out more about his projects at joenolan.com. (Photo of Joe Nolan by John Rogers)