Here at the Vacuum Shop, we’ve been getting a bit of a facelift.
This photo is from this time last month, as preparations to put in new windows and doors were getting started. This has meant a bit of reshuffling for all of us, as we await what is going to feel like a brand new space, with more light and a shiny, new exterior. We’re now in the homestretch, and are looking forward to getting resettled, just in time for spring to finally arrive in Knoxville. In the mean time, we’ve still been hard at work. Many of our artists are going to be featured this month on a great blog, 365 Artists | 365 Days. Ashton Ludden was featured earlier in the month, and Jessie Van der Laan is today’s feature. Keep checking to see some of our other artists pop up here.
If you’re in the Knoxville area, and want to see our artists in person, we’re planning another open studio night on Thursday, April 17. We’ll have more details soon, but are looking forward to showing off our new and improved space. We hope to see you there!
Happy New Year! The artists of the Vacuum Shop are starting the new year out right with a show at the Balcony Gallery, located in the Emporium Building, in Knoxville, TN. Our artists, along with the artists of Mighty Mud Studios and 17th Street Studios will be exhibiting together, highlighting the amazing artists’ collectives of Knoxville. The show will open on First Friday of January, the 3rd, from 5-9pm and the show will be up for the month of January.
This Wednesday, December 18, the Arts and Culture Alliance of Knoxville is hosting a panel discussion regarding studio spaces in Knoxville.
From their press release:
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a free, community panel discussion on Wednesday, December 18, from 12:00 – 1:30 PM at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville featuring representatives of Mighty Mud, Vacuum Shop Studios, Gallery Nuance, The Birdhouse, and 17th Street Studios who will share their experiences forming their artist collective. The discussion will be moderated by Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance, covering topics such as: securing physical space; membership policies; co-op governance structure; scheduling of exhibition space; financial model; addressing grievances; programming and hosting events/workshops; non-profit status; and more.
Jessie Van der Laan, of the Vacuum Shop will be speaking about our studio.
This First Friday is busy for the artists of the Vacuum Shop. Allison Pickett and Chelsie Nunn are exhibiting new work at the Birdhouse, on the corner of 4th and Gill, open from 7-9.
Eleanor Aldrich has curated a show, titled “Work Friends” that will feature the paintings, sculptures, and photos of ten Knoxville artists along with an item chosen as a partner to their work; a “work friend”. Included in this show are Vacuum Shop artists Heather Hartman and Briena Harmening. Each artist has been asked to display something that has a relationship to their process or aesthetic. The resulting talismans, detritus, and practical tools expand the work, and serve as a link to the creative incubator that is the studio.
Artists: April Bachtel, Robmat Butler, Kate Faulkner, Marcia Goldenstein, Javan Grover, Briena Harmening, Heather Hartman, Jonathan Lisenby, Andrew Merriss, Natalie Petrosky.
“Work Friends” is being exhibited in the space next to our studio, at 1324 Broadway (at Glenwood), from 7-10.
In addition, Briena Harmening is exhibiting her work, in “Layered and Built” at the A1 Gallery in Knoxville at 23 Emory Place, from 6-10.
We hope you’ll come check out the efforts of our fine artists!
While Eleanor, Chelsie, Allison, Briena, and Heather are busy showing their work in Knoxville, Kelly Hider and Jessie Van der Laan, will be in Greensboro, NC delivering papers at the annual SECAC conference. Kelly will be speaking about the constructed scenes and narratives in contemporary photography, and Jessie will speak about “the investigative mark” as a possible new definition in contemporary drawing.
Once again, the artists of the Vacuum Shop are opening up their studios to the public! On this Friday, October 4th, please add a stop by the Vacuum Shop to your First Friday route. Our artists will have their newest and in-progress works on display. Come say hello to the artists, including our recent additions, Heather Hartman and Ashton Ludden.
As an added perk, our neighbor, the up and coming K Brew Coffee House, will have some samples of their coffee, with any donations benefitting the Vacuum Shop Studios.
We look forward to seeing you! We’ll be there from 7-10pm.
Vacuum Shop artist Kelly Hider has been exhibiting her solo show “Presence” at the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery, at Maryville College since September 3rd. A closing reception will be held in the from 6-9 p.m. this Friday, September 27.
The series of photographs altered with surface decoration of paint and rhinestones depicts children examining objects, also adorned by Hider. From her artist statement:
The image of children playing with toys has become timeless, though predictably lighthearted. We often look to children to regain a sense of virtue, but after examining the work in “Presence”, the viewer is encouraged to reassess both the whimsy and portension of their own development. These children hold in their hands the innocence and wonder of childhood, kept company by gentle spirits of questionable intention.
The reception is free and open to the public.
If you are in the Nashville area, please check out this show, at the Ground Floor Gallery, featuring work by Vacuum Shop artists, Briena Harmening and Jessie Van der Laan.
The opening at Ground Floor Gallery is this Saturday, September 7 from 6-9pm in conjunction with Arts & Music @ Wedgewood-Houston, and is located at 427 Chestnut Street, Suite 230 Nashville, TN 37203
Artists in the show are:
Jessie Van der Laan
Curatorial Statement by Herb Rieth
The southeast has long been associated with folkways and crafts. Perhaps it is the association with recalcitrant tradition and the preservation of the “old ways” that lends itself to this view or a hoakum perpetrated in the name of identity, but the myth remains. The reuse of old fabric and the embellishment of the old to make new are large within the craft traditions of the south. It seems fitting that these methods would be a jumping off place for exploring or challenging established notions of artifact.
The members of this exhibition all nod in some way to the tactility of fabric, the laborious act of sewing or crocheting, the sculptural manipulation of material to achieve a surficial end. Instead of blindly perpetrating some of the clichés in these forms however, the artists chosen use the monolith of tradition as place for jumping into the unknown. The work crosses boundaries from Carri Jobe’s painterly moves to Nick DeFord’s exquisitely crafted barbs. It imbues tension into the materials from Jim Arendt’s and Briena Harmening’s laborious recreation of instantaneous moments to Charlotte Wegryznowski’s lovingly paginated cenotaph’s for ideas and gardens of the past. Jessie Van der Laan uses fabric to bottle the smoke of notions that float like ghosts above the fray of Herb Rieth’s work, a chopped and channeled costume ball for the X generation.
The works speak to tradition in reverently rebellious tones and visit with each other, all adding their voices to the embodiment of E(labor)ated Surfaces.