OPEN Gallery: One Person Show, Jen Delos Reyes
OPEN gallery, Lipscomb's student-run gallery located in the Arcade downtown, is pleased to present new work by artist Jen Delos Reyes, Oct. 6-26. In "One Person Show," Delos Reyes grapples with the role of the individual in group work and social art.
While the trend towards participatory art and mass social movements continues, many such efforts are falling flat. This exhibition proposes that one possible reason for this is a lack of self-care. For "One Person Show," Delos Reyes has created a space where attention turns toward the individual. For the duration of the exhibition the OPEN gallery will serve as a space for drop-in meditation and tea -- for one. Visitors are invited to use the space as a place for mindfulness and reflection.
Currently, OPEN is open to the public on the first Saturday of each month during the Fifth Avenue Art Crawl, and by appointment by calling 966-5813. Galleries are open for the art crawl from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the galleries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
About Jen Delos Reyes
Jen Delos Reyes is originally from Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Her research interests include the history of socially engaged art, group work, band dynamics, folk music and artists’ social roles. She has exhibited works across North America and Europe, and has contributed writing to various catalogs and institutional publications.
Jen is the founder and director of Open Engagement; a conference on socially engaged art practice and speaks widely on art and social practice at conferences and institutions around the world. She is currently an assistant professor at Portland State University where she co-directs the Art and Social Practice MFA.
The OPEN Gallery is wholly operated and curated by the students of the Lipscomb University Department of Art. It showa a range of works not only by Lipscomb students, but also by Lipscomb alumni, local artists and artists whose work may not normally be seen in Nashville. OPEN is located in suite 57 of the Arcade, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, in downtown Nashville.