Studio Conversations

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Studio Conversation with Marlos E'van: Dyin' by the gun

Omnifold artist and curator Jonathan Lisenby sits down with East Nashville-based painter Marlos E'van to discuss his large canvases and his, then, upcoming solo show, Dyin' By Tha Gun. They talk about painting as therapy, asking permission to work large-scale, the Great Dierks Bentley Barbecue, and eating Big Mac cheeseburgers, among other things.

September 26, 2017

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Conversation with poet ciona rouse: vantablack

Ciona Rouse just celebrated the release of her book of poems, Vantablack, the first poetry chapbook published by Jack White's Third Man Records. Painter Jonathan Lisenby sits down with Ms. Rouse at her favorite writing spot in East Nashville, a tea parlor, to address her new book and the growing poetry scene in Nashville.  Instead, they discuss reading with your body, being "quick" on twitter, locking yourself in the trunk of an old car, and habitual narcing, among other things.  You can preview and purchase Vantablack, through Third Man Records, here:


Studio Conversation with Painter Erin Murphy

Jonathan Lisenby sits down with Nashville-based artist Erin Murphy in her studio at Ground Floor Gallery + Studios. They talk about growing up in a creativity-quashing environment, rubbing gravestones, and becoming Xena: Warrior Princess, among other things.



Studio Conversation With David onri Anderson

David Onri Anderson shows Omnifold curator Jonathan Lisenby around his basement-studio-gallery in Wedgewood-Houston, Nashville.  They eventually sit down outside to look at paintings arranged on the ground.  They talk about color's relationship to spirituality, Nashville's arts cultivation problem, living simply as a practice, and the skink being the spirit animal of the conversation, among other things.


Studio Conversation with Artist Claire Stigliani

Claire Stigliani is a painter, sculptor, and video artist currently based out of Knoxville, TN.  She began teaching painting and drawing at University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2014 and previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.  Among other distinctions, Stigliani received a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 2015 to begin work on her most recent series, Half Sick of Shadows - work that this interview attempts to address.