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Exhibitions

Elevate – Nashville

Showing at 21c Nashville On display from July 2018 - December 2018
  • Alex Lockwood (American), Rainbow Target, 2018. Shotgun shells.

  • Alex Lockwood (American), Sprinkle Target, 2018. Shotgun shells.

  • Kristine Potter (American), Untitled (from The Gray Line), 2009. Archival pigment print.

  • Kristine Potter (American), Untitled (from The Gray Line), 2009. Archival pigment print.

About the Exhibition

Elevate at 21c presents temporary exhibitions of works by artists living and working in the communities surrounding each 21c Museum Hotel property. Elevate provides hotel guests with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of 21c’s contemporary art space. To view these works, please stop by the front desk to arrange access to the vitrines on guest room floors.

On view from July – December 2018, Elevate at 21c Nashville presents two works each by two Nashville artists – Kristine Potter and Alex Lockwood.

Kristine Potter’s large-format images of West Point Military Academy cadets explore ideas of masculinity, expectation, allegiance, vulnerability, and death. The artist captures their likenesses before they are fully trained officers. While traditional military portraits highlight the officers’ valor, courage, and commitment to duty, these images describe the unsure and complicated psyches of young people transitioning from their roles as American students to ranked officers. “If you just think of soldiers as these robotic volunteers then you don’t see the enormous risk of sending them away,” Potter notes. “I wanted to express their humanity more than their determination.”

Alex Lockwood began working with shotgun shells in 2015, creating interactive sculptures that utilize the materials to create decorative patterns. For this newest series of Targets, Lockwood used a multitude of shell casings that have been fired and ejected from shotguns, gathering them in mass quantity to create a target. According to the artist, “We have too many guns in too many hands. Too many Americans are targeting enemies, strangers, the innocent, the guilty, and most often, themselves. Of the nearly 33,000 deaths by gun per year in the United States, nearly 22,000 are suicides. 6,500 of those suicides are veterans, whose suffering we fail to treat when they come home from stress and horror.” At first glance, Lockwood’s Targets seem colorful, almost playful; on closer inspection, the thousands of now-empty shell casings reveal the sheer number of shots required to create this artwork alone – a very small fraction of the shots fired on a daily basis in our country.

Kristine Potter is a photographer based in Nashville.  She is currently working on a new series of works and recently published her first monograph, Manifest. Alex Lockwood is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Nashville, and is the owner/director of Elephant Gallery.

Kristine Potter (American)
Untitled (from The Gray Line), 2009
Archival pigment print

Kristine Potter (American)
Untitled (from The Gray Line), 2009
Archival pigment print

Alex Lockwood (American)
Rainbow Target, 2018
Shotgun shells

Alex Lockwood (American)
Sprinkle Target, 2018
Shotgun shells