Author: tonyyoungblood

The Crappy Magic Experience Wants Your Weird Stuff


The Crappy Magic Experience is a multi-volume art event by Nashville artists David Hellams and David King. In 2016, Crappy Magic hosted two shows at Seed Space. The first featured bins full of discarded consumer goods that attendees were encouraged to play with, reconfigure, and reconsider. At the second event, artists donated reconfigured consumer goods to be auctioned off. Then they made infomercials to induce people to buy stuff.

Crappy Magic will return on Saturday, April 1 at abrasiveMedia, and they want your weird stuff!

As the contributing artist guidelines state, your item “can be a hand-crafted artwork; or it can be a ‘found’ object.” If you like, you can make an accompanying sales video. You can even borrow an item already donated to Crappy Magic and make a video for that.

The deadline for submissions is March 5. Learn more at

The Crappy Magic Experience
3pm-10pm, Saturday, April 1, 2017
@ Abrasive Media (Houston Station), 438 Houston St #257, Nashville, TN 37203

MAPs at Queen Ave is Coming! Friday, November 11 through Saturday, November 12!

MAPs @ Queen Avenue, setup in progress.

MAPs @ Queen Avenue, setup in progress.

Produced by Tyler Blankenship, Modular Art Pods at Queen Ave will be the first independently-curated MAPs show. I’ll be bringing my electrical box pod, but I (Tony Youngblood) was not otherwise involved with the curation or production. What the heck are Modular Art Pods? Learn more here.

The show takes place Friday, November 11 through Saturday, November 12, 6pm to 10pm each night. Saturday’s event will coincide with the East Side Art Stumble.

Detail, Abby Coppage's pod

Detail, Abby Coppage’s pod in progress

Admission is FREE! You can support the show by donating to the IndieGoGo campaign.

Tyler told me about some of the amazing pods and performances going down, and I’m incredibly excited! You’ll get to wade through a mini ball pit, explore a world made out of clay, witness an artist performing in a dress made out of barbed-wire and chicken-wire, and so much more!

Janelle Bonfour-Mikes will perform in a dress made from barbed-wire and chicken-wire

Janelle Bonfour-Mikes will perform in a dress made from barbed-wire and chicken-wire

The show will feature approximately 14 pods and 10 performances. Participants include:

  • Gardening, Not Architecture
  • The Dead Springs
  • RabbitxRabbit
  • Devon Elöise
  • drone room
  • Abby Coppage
  • Rebekah Alexander
  • Dustin Hedrick live painting
  • Rebecca Stone and Keech Rainwater
  • Tori Felton
  • Ashley Lawless of Blue Stocking
  • Eva Young
  • Tony Youngblood
  • Sara Lederach
  • Janelle Balfour-Mikes of Blue Stocking
  • Daisy Dukes
  • Marlos E’van
  • Bridget Bailey
  • Travis Weaver and Brandon Greer
  • M Kelley
  • Alexandra Sutton
  • Jenn Deafenbaugh
  • Devon Eloise and Adam Koichi
  • Mike Kluge
  • Kyle Numann.
Jenn Deafenbaugh's mini-dome pod in progress.

Jenn Deafenbaugh’s mini-dome pod in progress.

Here’s the performance schedule:

Friday, November 11:

The Big Pod

7:30pm: Marlos E’van
8pm: Fat Turbulence
9pm: Janelle Bonfour-Mikes

The Bigger Pod

7pm: Kyle Neumann
7:30pm: The Dead Springs
8pm: Rebekah Alexander
9pm: Gardening, Not Architecture

Saturday, November 12:

The Big Pod

7pm: Fat Turbulence
7:30pm: Marlos E’van
8pm: RabbitxRabbit
9pm: Janelle Bonfour-Mikes

The Bigger Pod

6:30pm: Ashley Lawless
7pm: Kyle Neumann
7:30pm: The Dead Springs
8pm: droneroom
9pm: Gardening, Not Architecture


7pm: Dustin Hedrick live painting

Travis Weaver and Brandon Greer's pod in progress.

Travis Weaver and Brandon Greer’s pod in progress.

Queen Avenue is located at 178 Queen Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37207. If you attend on Saturday, be sure to check out all the other participating galleries of the East Side Art Stumble.

More info on the Facebook event page.

"Gardening, Not Architecture" MAPs performance rehearsal.

“Gardening, Not Architecture” MAPs performance rehearsal.

Call for Artists: Final Day to Submit to Modular Art Pods at Queen Ave

Queen Ave

Queen Ave

If you’ve been planning on submitting a pod-making idea to Modular Art Pods at Queen Ave, today is your last day to submit. The show will take place on November 11 and 12, 2016.

This edition is being organized and curated by Tyler Blankenship and Tyler Walker. They will consider both new pods and pods built for previous editions of MAPs. They are also looking for performers.

Find out all the details and apply here: MAPs @ Queen Ave Application.

Queen Ave’s address is 178 Queen Ave, Nashville, TN 37207.

MAPs @ OZ Poddy Award Winners!


It’s time for the second edition of the Poddy Awards, the contest where we ask pod artists to vote on their favorite pods. About half of the OZ Art Fest pod builders responded to our call.  Results are below.

Winners of “Best Overall Pod” and categories other than best-in-each-level will receive a 3D printed award. Best-in-each-level winners will receive a certificate.

To see photos of the winning pods, have a look at the Artist Guide and the galleries.

And the winners are…

Best Level

Winner: Unseen Worlds
Runner-Up: R&D

Best Pod in “The Sound of Colors”

Winner: (tie) Big Guise (Alexine Rioux, Mika Agari, and Kayla Saito), Erica Ciccarone
Runner-up: (tie) Kit Reuther, Paul Cain

Best Pod in “Explorers”

Winner: Phillip Granke
Runner-up: (tie) Lain York, Brian Somerville

Best Pod in “Spies”

Winner: Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship
Runner-up: Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening

Best Pod in “Echoes”

Winner: Travis Janssen and Alex Lopez
Runner-up: Mary Mooney

Best Pod in “Light Into Darkness”

Winner: Brown Dog Bindery (Jennifer Knowles)
Runner-up: Zach Duensing

Best Pod in “Trials”

Winner: Abbey Skojec
Runner-up: (tie) Matthew Batty, Patricia Earnhardt and Elizabeth Sanford

Best Pod in “Play”

Winner: Amanda Joy Brown and Kyle Jones
Runner-up: Brian Somerville and Will Somerville

Best Pod in “Endless Forms”

Winner: Alexis Colbert
Runner-up: Sara Lederach

Best Pod in “Unseen Worlds”

Winner: Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL
Runner-up: (tie) Ashley Adkins and Leah Sawyer, Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery

Best Pod in “R&D”

Winner: Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society
Runner-up: Molly Lahym and Dylan Ethier

Most Original

Winner: Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening
Runner-up: (tie)  Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery, Phillip Granke

Best Inside/Outside Interactivity

Winner: Amanda Joy Brown and Kyle Jones
Runner-up: M Kelley and Stephen Zerne

Best Exterior

Winner: Brian Somerville and Will Somerville
Runner-up: Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL

Best Soundtrack

Winner: (tie) Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening, Molly Lahym and Dylan Ethier
Runner-up: (tie) Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL, Gordon Roque

Best Tech

Winner: Molly Lahym and Dylan Ethier
Runner-up: (tie) Jenn Deafenbaugh and Make Nashville, Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society

Best Story

Winner: Abbey Skojec
Runner-up: (tie) Jason Brown and the Postal Provocateurs, Brian Somerville and Will Somerville

Best Concept

Winner: Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL
Runner-up: (5-way tie) Abbey Skojec, Paul Cain, M Kelley and Stephen Zerne, Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery,  Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Most Professional Build

Winner: Brian Somerville and Will Somerville
Runner-up: Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery

Best in Show

Winner: Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL
Second place: Brian Somerville and Will Somerville
Third place: Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship
Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL

Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL

Make Nashville Workshop: Papercraft Automata, 08/21/2016 12-4pm


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Tony Youngblood here. This isn’t quite related to Modular Art Pods, but I thought it may be of some interest to site followers.

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be teaching one of the first workshops at Make Nashville‘s brand new space!

The class is called “Papercraft Automata” and is open to students ages 11 and up. (Younger students are welcome with parental accompaniment.) If the first class is successful, I hope to make it a continuing series.

Using Rob Ives’ wonderful paper automata designs, I will teach you the basics of mechanical movement. Each class will explore a different mechanical movement concept including crank sliders, scotch yokes, geneva cranks, gear boxes, worm gears, rack and pinions, and more

In the first class, we will learn all about cams by building the Hungry T-Rex Dinosaur! This is a great introduction to mechanical movement because the kit provides several sets of cams that change the dinosaur’s animation.

Cams have been around for hundreds of years. They are the main mechanical principal behind self-writing, self-drawing, and music-playing automata such as the one featured in the movie Hugo. There’s so much you can do with this one simple concept!

Date: Sunday, August 21 from 12pm to 4pm.
Location: Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN
Class fee: $7 for Make Nashville makerspace members. $12 for non-members.

We will supply all tools and components, however if you have a favorite cutting mat, pair of scissors, or Exacto-knife, feel free to bring it along.

Buy your tickets here. This class is limited to 18 students and is expected to sell out, so reserve your spot quick.

Learn more about the Hungry T-Rex here.

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MAPs Artist News: Sideshow Fringe Fest, Chip Boles Solo, Crappy Magic Auction, and More!

Tracy Nakayama's Ceremony, part of TRIPLE FANTASY at Third Man Records

Tracy Nakayama’s Ceremony, part of TRIPLE FANTASY at Third Man Records

There are plenty of great art events this week in Nashville, including several featuring Modular Art Pods participants.

On Thursday, August 4th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Third Man Records, Nashville Scene arts editor and friend of-MAPs Laura Huston is curating Triple Fantasy, a three-artist exhibition exploring the intersection between sex and magic. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

From the press release:

Artists Elijah Burgher, Tracy Nakayama and Benjy Russell address themes of queerness, sexuality and the occult through their unique drawings, prints, paintings and photography. Burgher’s drawings, paintings and prints draw largely on sigils and an imaginary cult called the Bachelors of the Dawn that claims the supremacy of homosexual men. Nakayama’s paintings reference 1970s porn and, more recently, contemporary nudist colonies. She has created a painting specifically for this exhibit, and will have a limited edition print of another painting available. Russell uses photography to incorporate ideas of ritual and sexuality. His often surreal work eschews Photoshop in favor of absurdism and in-camera effects. Join us on the 4th for the opening reception, or if you can’t make it, stop by in the following 4 days to see this incredible show.

Legs, part of Sideshow Fringe Fest

Legs, part of Sideshow Fringe Fest

Thursday, August 4 marks the kickoff of the 2016 Sideshow Fringe Festival curated by MAPs alum Jessika Malone. This multidisciplinary, multi-venue stage arts festival has been running strong for 6 years, and it gets better every year.

One can’t-miss show is the play Legs, directed by MAPs alum Madeleine Hicks.

From the event page:

When Cara Smart turns 16 years old, it’s time for her to answer the age old question that every young woman must face: which limb would she amputate first? Disturbing, hilarious, and poignant-Legs provokes important questions about how society constructs beauty and the struggles women face to conform to a world built against them. “After all, a woman without prosthetics would be just, impractical.”

Legs takes place Saturday, August 6, 8:30 p.m. at the Darkhorse Theatre. Check the Sideshow Fringe website and show schedule for the full list of events.

Chip Boles

Chip Boles

Saturday’s Downtown and Wedgewood/Houston art crawls are shaping up to be spectacular.

At 40AU Gallery in the downtown Arcade, MAPs alum Chip Boles presents his first Nashville solo show. He’ll be there doing live drawing. Saturday, August 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Chip Boles' Art Pod at OZ Art Fest

Chip Boles’ Art Pod at OZ Art Fest

Tinney 10th Anniversary Show

Tinney 10th Anniversary Show

Saturday at Tinney Contemporary we have A Decade in the Making, a two-part exhibition celebrating the gallery’s 10 year anniversary. The exhibition features a number of artists, including MAPs alum Carla Ciuffo. Check the Tinney Contemporary website to see the full list of artists.  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pod by Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe; Sooner or Later with Tanya Butler and Dee Simpson, @ OZ Art Fest

Pod by Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe; Sooner or Later w/ Tanya Butler & Dee Simpson, at OZ Art Fest

Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening

Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening

Saturday at the Wedgewood/Houston crawl, a number MAPs artists are selling artwork in David Hellams and David King’s Crappy Magic Auction. The auction will take place at 9:15pm in the Silo Room at Track One. 18 artists are participating, including MAPs alums Jaime Raybin, Briena Harmening, Mika Agari, Sarah McDonald, Marlos E’van, and Tyler Blankenship.

Raybin and Harmening, who created the Peep Pods at OZ Art Fest, will be premiering an infomercial for a compact disc compilation of music from their pod.

All auction proceeds benefit the wonderful Track One gallery Seed Space.

Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening's Peeps Pod @ OZ Art Fest

Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening’s Peeps Pod at OZ Art Fest

Emily Holt

Emily Holt

Down the road at Julia Martin Gallery, Delia Seigenthaler and MAPs alum Emily Holt present new work in a show called Oil & Mud. Learn more at the gallery website.

Emily Holt's pod @ OZ Art Fest

Emily Holt’s pod at OZ Art Fest

Learn about what’s happening at the other crawl galleries via Nashville Arts’ August Crawl Guide.

Queen Ave Announces Call for Artists for First Independently-Run Modular Art Pods!

Queen Ave

Queen Ave

Queen Ave, the East-Nashville experimental gallery and venue, just announced their own edition of Modular Art Pods, slated for November 11 and 12, 2016. This makes me happy. My hope for MAPs was always that other people would take the concept and run with it. That’s exactly what the Queen Ave organizers Tyler Blankenship and Tyler Walker are doing. It’s is why we licensed the idea under Creative Commons – Share Alike.

That being said, I should be explicit in stating that I am not involved in the production of Modular Art Pods @ Queen Ave, although I plan on submitting a pod idea for the show. If you have any questions, contact Tyler Blankenship at

Applications are open now through August 25, 2016. Queen Ave will consider both new pods and pods built for previous editions of MAPs. This is a great opportunity to re-use the pod sitting in your basement. They will also consider performers who don’t necessarily want to build their own pod.

Find out all the details and apply here: MAPs @ Queen Ave Application.

Queen Ave’s address is 178 Queen Ave, Nashville, TN 37207.

Tyler Blankenship works on his pod for MAPs @ OZ

Tyler Blankenship works on his and Sarah McDonald’s pod for MAPs @ OZ