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Exhibitions

Elevate – Nashville

Showing at 21c Nashville On display from April 2019 - September 2019
  • Jesse Jonathan Hale (American), Selections from the series Ceilings Walls Windows Doors, 2015-2016. Charcoal, Paper, Salvaged Windows.

  • Tess Erlenborn (American), Practical Magic, 2017. Acrylic on Mylar.

  • Tess Erlenborn (American), Find a New Planet, 2017. Acrylic on Canvas.

  • Casey Pierce (American), Window #2, 2018, Window #3, 2018, Window #4, 2018. Acrylic on Canvas.

  • Casey Pierce (American), Dome #1, 2018, Dome #2, 2018. Acrylic on Canvas.

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 April – September 2019, Elevate at 21c Nashville presents works by artists Jesse Jonathan Hale, Tess Erlenborn, and Casey Pierce.

 

Jesse Jonathan Hale (American)
Selections from the series Ceilings Walls Windows Doors, 2015-2016
Charcoal, paper, salvaged windows

In a series of charcoal drawings, one for each year of his life, Jesse Hale has objectified the memory of something he experienced shortly after his thirtieth birthday, a moment in which he “was struck with a sudden motivation to confront that debilitating habit of making so many damned excuses.” Working from a set of camera phone images taken of the ceilings and walls in his apartment, each work was tediously rendered using a “restrained scribbling technique.” Taken together, the composition appears to be something like densely-textured, architectural abstraction. In actuality, the work is more like fragmented realism. Hale treats his work as a kind of meditation, in which he examines the relationship between limitation and self. His use of window panes, which he salvaged from his apartment and placed in front of each drawing, raises further questions regarding the distinction between concepts of reality, experience, place, object, image, and memory.

Jesse Hale is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Nashville. Having worked as a violinist and electronic musician for most of his career, Hale began incorporating broader forms of artistic expression in his late twenties, including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, installation, and experimental media.

 

Tess Erlenborn (American)
Find a New Planet, 2017
Acrylic on Canvas

Practical Magic, 2017
Acrylic on Mylar

In Find a New Planet, biological forms and patterns form, inspired by processes of decay, decomposition, and growth. Tess Erlenborn’s bright, playful colors appear to move without a beginning or end, referencing the cyclical nature of life. The work’s title is a nod to the Modest Mouse song lyric, “find a new planet, make the same mistakes,” which represents Erlenborn’s interest in universal, repetitive human behaviors—our inability to learn from mistakes, and the related environmental consequences.

The materials used in Practical Magic enforce the work’s title; the adhesion of both acrylic paint and water to Mylar requires considerable time, a process that allows the drips and splatters to form organically. This visual fluidity is contrasted by repetitive mark-making, alluding to the human tendency to attempt to control processes and outcomes. Erlenborn’s combination of both controlled and spontaneous elements expresses the artist’s futile attempts to influence results, in her work and also in life.

Tess Erlenborn is an artist from Nashville and is currently represented by Gallery 1930 in Birmingham and by the Nashville Artist Collective. She graduated cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South with an honors B.F.A in 2014.

 

Casey Pierce (American)
Window #2, 2018
Window #3, 2018
Window #4, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas

Casey Pierce uses negative space to depict an imagined future. In his series Architectureality, Pierce combines architectural predictions of building in the future with his own fantasies. In Window #2Window #3, and Window #4, Pierce depicts portals into the future, with views of an unfamiliar skyline at night, or a dark new reality.

Casey Pierce is a visual artist working and living in Nashville where he is represented by Red Arrow Gallery. He splits his time between painting, video art, and directing music videos and commercials.

 

Casey Pierce (American)
Dome #1, 2018
Dome #2, 2018
Acrylic on canvas

Casey Pierce uses negative space to depict an imagined future. In his series Architectureality, Pierce combines architectural predictions of building in the future with his own fantasies. In Dome #1 and Dome #2, Pierce proposes the home of the future.

Casey Pierce is a visual artist working and living in Nashville where he is represented by Red Arrow Gallery. He splits his time between painting, video art, and directing music videos and commercials.

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