Jonathan Lisenby is a multidisciplinary artist based in Nashville, TN. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including museum spaces in the United States, Japan, and Germany. His recent practice focuses on psychological fantasy, mark-making, traditions in painting and drawing and the transition to digital production. He is the founder of the Open Lot franchise of artist collaborative work and gallery spaces in St. Louis and Nashville, and chaired as the Director from 2009-2012. He recently served as faculty in the Dept. of Art and as the Gallery Director for the Van Gordon Gallery and Space For New Media at Tennessee State University. Lisenby is currently the Lead Curator for Omnifold.
Guest Curators: 2018
Amelia Briggs (b. 1985) is known for exploring the tensions that exist around search for identity and expression through a discretely rich, animated language. Reassembling and editing visual cues associated with the graphic representations of comics, coloring books, and cartoons, Briggs arrives at pleasing, non-committal fragments of a once-unified narrative.
Amelia’s work is included in numerous private and public collections and has been exhibited at various contemporary venues throughout the country including the Herron School of Art and Design, Dixon Gallery and gardens, Zeitgeist Gallery, David Lusk Gallery, Solocumb Galleries, Hyde Gallery, and The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art. Amelia received her BFA from Indiana University and her MFA from the University of Memphis. She currently lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.
-from the artist's website
Over the past seventeen years, I have been professionally custom airbrushing at t-shirt and car shops, athletic events, carnivals, festivals, and homes. Customizing and personalizing things are to me a rite and I believe in the ability to transcend the original state and meaning of things. I see myself in the work and realize that I, too, have potential to change.
Two art-making processes dominate my studio practice: airbrushing and scavenging found materials. There is an exceptional quality to my painting process. Airbrushing enables me to work in large and small-scale detail without my tool physically touching the surface. Layers of paint evenly re-coat the material without altering its form. I collect mass-produced, publicly displayed, and sports objects such as fallen street signs and basketballs.I search for and collect articles and materials with a specific history. I then add to the history of the thing by employing multiple techniques and processes such as airbrushing, spray painting, vacuum forming, or simply reassembling the object.
My work relates to traditions of street art, Art Povera and occupies a space between low and high art culture.