LAND AND SEA, Chattanooga, TN

Group exhibition in Collaboration with Stove Works
August 10, 2018 – September 9, 2018

Stove Works in collaboration with Daniel Fuller, Curator of the Atlanta Contemporary introduces the exhibition, LAND AND SEA. Through sculpture, video, painting, and sound, LAND AND SEA explores how water, air, and soil, those specifically of Chattanooga and East Tennessee, are altered, inhabited, mythologized, reduced, abused, explored, and celebrated.

This exhibition is located at the temporary home of Stove Works at Sculpture Flats, 1155 East Main Street Chattanooga, TN, 37408.

Both the land and the sea, two colossal darknesses that have gradually revealed themselves over millennia, cast forms into minds and into the terrestrial expanse, dramatizing and animating. A critical part of this revelatory process is further obfuscation; the more that is discovered the deeper the pool of mysteries become. Inextricable from humans’ conceptions of the natural world is their primary habitation and experience of built environments. It is seldom more apparent than in Chattanooga, where the Appalachian Mountains collide with the city, woven through by the Tennessee River and its tributaries.

The exhibition, LAND AND SEA, explores how water, air, and soil, those specifically of East Tennessee, are inhabited, mythologized, reduced, abused, explored, and celebrated. In collaboration with artists, developers, biologists, a meteorologist, some motorcyclists, old people, young people, visitors and vacationers, indigenous people, an entomologist, and potentially a geologist, LAND AND SEA will explore it all; the up, the down, the seen, the unseen, and the in between, so that we might more fully live and breathe in each other, critters, and our surroundings.

The LAND portion of the exhibition will see the space, a 4,000 square foot auin transition, transform, with an artist-built, free-standing architectural structure that both mimics the built environment, provides a structured space for gathering, and a nontraditional substrate for the exhibition of discrete works. This structure and the surrounding space will be blanketed by carefully selected and organized native flora. This mat of green will be heavily populated by sculptural work, performances, pictures, and potentially sound from artists across the Country and abroad and local, selected by the exhibition’s two curators. Works will challenge scale, participation, local ecology, design, and land use, among other things. A primary objective of the curators is to produce an exhibition that helps audiences relieve themselves of expectations, allowing the outside in, inspiring curiosity, criticality, and wonder. Works will feel familiar, as if they’d been plucked from the neighborhood, the surrounding mountains, cityscapes, landscapes, trees, sidewalks, and soil.

Artists participating in the SEA of LAND AND SEA were instructed to walk the corridors of the Tennessee Aquarium, peer into the tanks, listen to the crowds, take in the simulated land and waterscapes, the fish and reptiles, the mammals and insects, and the people. Their responses take the form of videos, directly and indirectly making reference to the Aquarium and all of its inhabitants, issues of water use and abuse, waterways’ effects on landscape and habitat, as well as fishing, story-telling, and myth-making.


Opening July 14th at Camayuhs in Atlanta, GA.


Josh Dihle

Mike Calway-Fagen

Dana Haugaard

Alex Kerr

Erick Medel

Miller & Shellabarger

Jaymerson Payton

Jeff Whetstone

Derrick Woods-Morrow

Performance by TEGUCIGALPAN (Carrboro, NC experimental music and recording artist 

Clarq Blomquist)

Meats by Pork Stand (John Moll, Nashville, TN)


“I always fantasized what it would be like to be right under the pinnacle of energy, beneath two guys who have crossed their guitars together, two thunderfoxes in the throes of self-love and combat, that powerful form of intimacy only achieved onstage in front of other people, known as male bonding.”

• Kim Gordon

When Kim Gordon talks about her essay ‘Trash Drugs and Male Bonding’, she states “By writing about men locking into one another on stage, I indirectly pushed myself inside the triangle, and whatever doubts I had about pursuing a career in art commingled to create a forward wave of momentum, noise, and motion. It was also my way of rebelling- writing about men when it would be more natural to write about women. It was a conscious faux-intellectual premise I could indulge in…”  These are all feelings that Gurl Don’t be Dumb, a curatorial and collaborative project started in Chicago in 2011,  directly identifies with. In 2013, as two women, GDBD decided to curate an all male identifying show. We asked ourselves ‘how do we curate a show focused on the gestures and materials of our favorite dude artists without relying on the poetics of feminism to legitimize such an exclusive move? Can we make a show that people heartily enjoy while keeping our feminist mode as a latent inner-cog rather than a flag alerting our audience to our position? Five years later we are still interested in these questions. Camayuhs and Gurl Don’t be Dumb are excited to present ‘Thunderfoxes’,  a group exhibition featuring the work of 10 male identifying dudes. The show is centered around our fascination and curiosity of a male energy that strikes a balance between restraint and total release, sincerity and comedy, elegance and trash.

Biggin Hall, Auburn University

Please visit me and my photographs at Auburn University, Biggin Hall Gallery. “Pride and Pestilence” is an exhibition of photographs and videos that predict the demise of man and celebrate an armed matriarchy. 

Opening Thursday, February 1, 5-7:30.  Artist Talk at 5:30.

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