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.
From street art to canvases, performance art to filmmaking, Nashville artist Marlos E’van interweaves different mediums to create visual statements on racial injustice, police violence, and contradictory American ideologies. Using found materials, bright colors, obsessive mark-making, figures, and text, E’van examines the multiple and varied stereotypes and institutions that perpetuate inequalities between class and race. The artist notes, “By changing the context of these symbols, I hope to transform them into instruments of meaningful reflection/understanding.” A consummate storyteller, E’van hopes that their works spark conversation and purposeful reflection.
E’van’s work has garnered recognition from publications such as Hyperallergic and New Art Examiner. In addition to their work as an artist, E’van cofounded/co-designs M-SPAR, McGruder Social Practice Artist Residency out of the McGruder Center in North Nashville. Marlos received their BFA from Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film and is represented by the Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville.
Want to see more of Marlos E’van’s work? They also have work currently on display at Red Arrow Gallery right here in Nashville! If you are interested in purchasing any of Marlos’ work, please contact Red Arrow Gallery (Nashville, TN) or Elijah Wheat Showroom (New York).