OPEN Gallery presents Nashville premiere of works by Caroline Wells Chandler
OPEN Gallery is pleased to announce Synchronicities, Caroline Wells Chandler’s first solo exhibition in Nashville Tenn. Chandler’s recent works include objects in painting drag adorned in trompe-l'oeil decoys and an installation featuring pizza-crazed cats.
Chandler culls paraphernalia from American craft stores such as Michaels and J-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, to explore the material’s relationship to signage and symbolism. Amateur craft materials function as a complex web of symbols on Chandler’s densely constructed surfaces.
The title for the show is inspired by William Blake’s poem, “Auguries of Innocence.” The message of the poem – that a correspondence between equivalent entities exists though they lie on completely different planes – functions as a springboard for exploring one out of many potentialities for the function of abstraction in Chandler’s psychedelic works.
Saturday, May 4, 6-9 p.m.
Fifth Avenue Art Crawl
244 Fifth Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37219
Caroline Wells Chandler – Artist’s Statement
My work investigates how things are felt as a way of gaining knowledge. I am interested in creating my own language using tactile materials from American craft stores. Utilizing the poetics of cliché I hope to compose poetry. I am interested in culture functioning both as comforter and discomforter. Ultimately my work explores where culture ends and the individual begins.
Chandler has degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, Southern Methodist University and Yale University
About OPEN Gallery
The OPEN Gallery is wholly operated and curated by the students of the Lipscomb University Department of Art. New exhibits debut each month at the Fifth Avenue Art Crawl, on the first Saturday of each month or by appointment by calling 931-252-2196.