NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The fall installment of the art showcase at Nashville International Airport (BNA) will open on Sept. 11, 2012, and will run through December.
The Flying Solo series gives talented local artists an opportunity to display their work at BNA.
“The airport has great public art space, and Middle Tennessee has wonderful talent in the visual arts,” said Rob Wigington, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. “We think it’s a natural fit to bring those two things together in the Flying Solo series. Our airport reflects the city we serve, and each of these artists, in their own way,
is welcoming visitors to Nashville.”
The fall 2012 Flying Solo series artists are Andy Harding, Barry Noland, Carla Ciuffo, Daniel Lai, Herb Williams and the Nashville Association of Art Dealers. They will be joined by two previously featured artists: John Guider and Scott Hodes.
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Harding attended Belmont University, where he studied chemistry and physics with intentions of becoming a research chemist or chemical engineer. It wasn't until his senior year that he caught the art bug while enrolled in an elective 3-D design course. Since then, Harding has been a dedicated artist, creating wood and metal sculpture, mixed media installations, artist books, collage, and furniture. Harding was an artist in residence at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville from 2000 to 2005. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at Twist Gallery, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville Public Library, San Diego Art Institute, Kingston Gallery in Boston, and Art Chicago. After living and working in Chicago for six years, Harding recently made Nashville his home base once again.
“My process entails drawing, coloring, cutting, shaping and layering disparate materials into harmonious compositions,” Harding said. “Living things, materials, ideas and forces all occupy distinct positions in the grand web of relations, yet nothing is static. In essence, this work is a reflection or a meditation on both the interrelatedness and the unique singularity of all things.”
Barry A. Noland: Pieces of Shelby
Originally from Cairo, Ill., Noland has been a Nashvillian since 1980. He is a self-trained art and commercial photographer and has been exhibiting his work since 2003. His work has been regionally, nationally and internationally exhibited and awarded. Recent accomplishments include the sixth annual Black & White Spider Awards (online awards show); The Art of Photography Show; The sixth annual Photography Masters Cup
Awards; and the Paducah Photo 2012 – Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Ky.
“What began as a way to kill time when models didn’t show up for sessions became a purposeful exploration of transience and pantheism,” Noland said. “Junkyard piles, decayed buildings, signs and sidewalks have all been recurring subjects of my work – the unheralded, decaying utilitarian products of industry transformed into art by ‘natural causes.’”
Carla Ciuffo: Thrill
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A self-taught photographer, Ciuffo photographs life and remanufactures them using texture and light to reflect the way things make her feel. Relying on the recollected magic and terror of childhood, her work translates into imagery that is intended to provoke, delight and subject viewers to the alchemy of mixed emotions. A transplanted New Yorker, she is navigating the mysteries of the sultry South in Nashville. All of her images for the airport were taken at the Wilson County Fair in Lebanon, Tenn., in Summer 2011.
“There is an undercurrent of thrilling electricity that sizzles in fairground activity,” Ciuffo said. “Within this body of work I observe the response and effect of chance structured within the fluid boundaries of a local carnival, a chimera of bliss and fear, and how we thrill to its inherent promises of ecstasy and danger.”
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Lai is a self-taught artist. The predominant media for his sculpture series are clay and discarded books. His work has been published in numerous books and magazines and has earned awards nationally and internationally. He is currently represented by Aurora Photos, Portland, Maine; Glasshouse Images, New York City; GG Interiors, Knoxville, Tenn., and 16 Patton, Asheville, N.C.
“My sculpture series is a three-dimensional journal that conveys snippets of my emotions and feelings toward life, and the themes of this series often touch upon knowledge and contemplation,” Lai said. “I often write my experiences in a journal but find it inadequate to convey how I truly feel. As a result, I translate these paragraphs to a visual form that is
three-dimensional, simplistic and often relatable to many.”
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Williams was born in Montgomery, Ala, in 1973. Every summer from the age of 12 to graduating from high school at 18, he worked in construction, which gave him a deep understanding of form and materials. He received a BFA degree in sculpture from Birmingham-Southern College, and there apprenticed under two professional sculptors off-campus. Williams is one of the only individuals in the world who has an account with Crayola. He creates original sculptures out of individual crayons that may require as
many as hundreds of thousands. His sculptures have been placed in public arenas, such as children’s hospitals, corporate lobbies, museum walls and the White House. Williams is currently represented by The Rymer Gallery in Nashville.
“Nature communicates in mysterious ways,” Williams said. “This series of sculptures explores how the spectrums of color move unseen to the human eye, yet hold deep and significant meaning to the animal kingdom.”
John Guider: The River Inside
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Guider is a successful Nashville commercial photographer who stepped away from the comfortable, predictable routine of his life and challenged his mind and body in ways he never thought possible. With virtually no camping or paddling experience, he bought a canoe and set off on a solitary, artistic adventure that led him from the creek behind his
farmhouse to the Harpeth, the Cumberland, the Ohio, and eventually the Mississippi River, all the way down to New Orleans.
NAAD: Nashville Association of Art Dealers
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NAAD, the Nashville Association of Art Dealers, is a membership organization of galleries, university galleries and museums committed to promoting the visual arts in Nashville. Its members are dedicated to promoting and maintaining the highest degree of professionalism in business conduct, and collectively aim to increase support for the visual arts in Nashville. Any day of the week, you can find galleries and visual arts spaces featuring works from craft to conceptual and mixed media to multimedia. NAAD has galleries all over the city of Nashville such as Art After Hours, Nashville’s first monthly citywide art event. For more information and a list of participating galleries, please visit www.nashvilleartdealers.net.
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Hodes is a Nashville native. In 1992, he received a bachelor of science degree in art from the University of Wisconsin, with an emphasis in glass and neon. Upon graduation, he attended Tennessee Technological University’s Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tenn. From the spring of 1993 through the spring of 1994, Hodes studied glass with Curtis Brock and James Van Deurzen, and blacksmithing with Robert Coogan. Following this, Hodes spent 1994-96 in the Master of Fine Arts program at Kent State University in Ohio. After graduate school, in 1996, he established Chaos Glass and Metalworks and built it from the ground up.