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.

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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 jtblankenship@me.com.

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

 

MAPs at OZ Art Fest Artist Guide

Here’s a handy reference to help match your favorite pods with their makers. If the map is too small, middle-mouse-click it to open it in a new tab.

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Pod Levels:

1-7: The Sound of Colors
8-13: Explorers
14-18: Spies
19-21: Echoes
22-25: Light Into Darkness
26-32: Play
33-37: Trials
38-42: Endless Forms
43-49: Unseen Worlds
50-56: R&D

 

 

 

Ashley Adkins and Leah Sawyer

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Matthew Batty

Matthew Batty

Big Guise

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Chip Boles

Chip Boles

Amanda Joy Brown and Kyle Jones

Amanda Joy Brown and Kyle Jones

Brown Dog Bindery

Brown Dog Bindery (Jennifer Knowles)

Jason Brown and the Postal Provocateurs

Jason Brown and the Postal Provocateurs

Paul Cain

Paul Cain

Ellie Caudill

Ellie Caudill

Erica Ciccarone

Erica Ciccarone

Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe; Sooner or Later with Tanya Butler and Dee Simpson

Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe; Sooner or Later with Tanya Butler and Dee Simpson

Ben Clark and Matt Fox

Ben Clark and Matt Fox

Alexis Colbert

Alexis Colbert

Sarah Cozort, Tom George, and Bobby Gray

Sarah Cozort, Tom George, and Bobby Gray

Rachel de Cuba

Rachel de Cuba

Jennifer Deafenbaugh and Make Nashville

Jennifer Deafenbaugh and Make Nashville (pictured: Jennifer Knowles and Patrick Becker)

Jim DeVault

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Zach Duensing

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Patricia Earnhardt and Elizabeth Sanford

Patricia Earnhardt and Elizabeth Sanford

Beth Reitmeyer and ELEL

ELEL and Beth Reitmeyer

Dylan Ethier and Molly Lahym

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The Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project

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Osvaldo Gonzalez

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Trey Gossett

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Phillip Granke

Phillip Granke

Brandon Greer

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Briena Harmening and Jaime Raybin

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Emily Holt

Emily Holt

Beth Inglish

Beth Inglish

Travis Janssen and Alex Lopez

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M Kelley and Stephen Zerne

Photo by Sarah McDonald

Photo by Sarah McDonald

Mia Krout, Ben Marcantel , Ryan Norris, and Christine Rogers

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Emily Sue Laird and Jake Wells

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Clayton Landiss

Clayton Landiss

Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery

Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery

Sara Lederach

Sara Lederach

Jonathan Lisenby

Photo by Jonathan Lisenby

Photo by Jonathan Lisenby

Jovanni Luna

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Becky Fox Matthews and Dave Matthews

Becky Fox Matthews and Dave Matthews

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

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Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society

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George Miller and Vivian Saxon

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Mary Mooney

Mary Mooney

Antonia Oakes and Joe Nolan

Joe Nolan and Antonia Oakes

Jamin Orrall

Jamin Orrall

Performance Pod

Blue Stocking, performance inside Echoes pod

Kit Reuther

Kit Reuther

Gordon Roqué

Pod by Gordon Roqué

Liz Clayton Scofield

Liz Clayton Scofield

Abbey Skojec

Abbey Skojec

Brian Somerville

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Brian Somerville and Will Somerville

Brian Somerville and Will Somerville

Lain York

Lain York

Tony Youngblood

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MAPs at OZ Art Fest is a Wrap!

Brown Dog Bindery (Jennifer Knowles)

Pod by Brown Dog Bindery (Jennifer Knowles)

That’s a wrap, folks! I feel an enormous sense of gratitude to everyone who made Modular Art Pods a reality — from the bountiful support of Lauren Snelling, Rus Snelling, and everyone at OZ Arts Nashville; to all of our generous sponsors (who I will mention individually in a moment); to Nashville Arts Magazine, The Nashville Scene, The Tennessean, and Nashville Public Radio for their excellent coverage; and, of course, to all the attendees who made this show a success.

Brian Somerville and Will Somerville

Pod by Brian Somerville and Will Somerville

But I am especially thankful to the artists and performers who built this strange, ephemeral city, brick by brick. Modular Art Pods is their show. I only guided.

Thank you Ashley Adkins and Leah Sawyer, Matthew Batty, Big Guise (Mike Agari, Alexine Rioux, Kayla Saito), Chip Boles, Amanda Joy Brown and Kyle Jones, Brown Dog Bindery, Jason Brown and the Postal Provocateurs, Paul Cain, Ellie Caudill, Erica Ciccarone, Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe / Sooner or Later with Tanya Butler and Dee Simpson, Ben Clark and Matt Fox, Alexis Colbert, Sarah Cozort / Tom George / Bobby Gray, Rachel de Cuba, Jennifer Deafenbaugh and Make Nashville, Jim DeVault, Zach Duensing, Patricia Earnhardt and Elizabeth Sanford, ELEL and Beth Reitmeyer, Dylan Ethier and Molly Lahym, The Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project, Osvaldo Gonzalez, Trey Gossett, Phillip Granke, Brandon Greer, Briena Harmening and Jaime Raybin, Emily Holt, Beth Inglish, Travis Janssen and Alex Lopez, M Kelley and Stephen Zerne, Mia Krout / Ben Marcantel / Ryan Norris / Christine Rogers, Emily Sue Laird and Jake Wells, Clayton Landiss, Ariel Lavery and Christopher Lavery, Sara Lederach, Jonathan Lisenby, Jovanni Luna, Becky Fox Matthews and Dave Matthews, MaxZine, Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship, Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society, George Miller and Vivian Saxon, Mary Mooney, Joe Nolan and Antonia Oakes, Jamin Orrall, Kit Reuther, Gordon Roqué, Liz Clayton Scofield, Abbey Skojec, Brian Somerville and Will Somerville, Lain York, Rebekah Alexander, Andri Alexandrou, Tye Bellar / Ben Marcantel / Seth West / Trey Suiter, Blue Stocking (Ashley Lawless and Janelle Bonfour-Mikes), chatterbird (led by Celine Thackston), Aubrey Derryberry, Dig Deep Light Show, Oliver Dodd / Andrew Pigue / Taylor Thurman, White Orchard Theatre Company, droneroom / Jane Boxall / Brady Sharp, Marlos E’van, Dustin Hedrick and Ali Katt, Madeleine Hicks and Paul Kintzing, MKAV (Mike Kluge Audio Visual), N&XT (led by Lindsay Goranson), Colleen Phelps, Sideshow @ Actors Bridge (led by Jessika Malone), and Brian Siskind.

ELEL and Beth Reitmeyer

Pod by ELEL and Beth Reitmeyer

Below, you’ll find links to pictures and videos that I recorded from the event. But first, I’d like to mention our sponsors whose funds helped defray the cost of building the pods. Thank you Jeffrey C. Lynch, The Home Depot 100 Oaks, Thomas and Patricia King, Leslie Boone, Gail Danner, Delevante Creative, Patricia M. Farr, John Holleman, Gavin Ivester, Pamela Johnson, Jenny Alexander, Andrew Burd, Colin_circuit_bender, Stephanie and Forrest Conner, Kristy Edmunds, Fivestone Studios, Christa George / Chris Wood / Zoe Wood, Alp Ikizler, Rozmond Lewis, Helga and Andrea Maneschi, The Red Arrow Gallery, Mclaine Richardson and Margaret Ellis Jewelry, Andee Rudloff, Rus and Lauren Snelling, Sarah Toyoda, Diana Johnson Wiles, and Wayne and Phyllis Youngblood.

Pod by Gordon Roqué

Pod by Gordon Roqué

We don’t have any immediate plans to host another Modular Art Pods, but there’s a good chance we’ll put one on every few years. In the meantime, Queen Avenue Art Collective is considering hosting one of their own for next year. If you’d like to host a MAPs in your city, please contact me at tonyyoungblood@gmail.com.

Click the links below to see media from the show.

Videos from MAPs @ OZ Art Fest.

Pictures from MAPs @ OZ Art Fest.

Saturday at MAPs Your TV Will Watch YOU! + Closing Night Celebration

Your TV Is Watching preview

Your TV Is Watching preview

Saturday, June 25 is your last chance to experience Modular Art Pods at OZ Art Fest. We have so many great things planned, including a performance by N&XT where your TV watches YOU, a live light show featuring Dig Deep with music by Ben Marcantel and droneroom, an intimate immersive performance by White Orchard Theatre, and swing dancing in the Dome with the Nashville Jitterbugs! Don’t miss it! Exhibit is open from 11am to 9pm. Cost for the full OZ Art Fest, including live music outside, food trucks, and several other gallery shows is $20. Full schedule is below. And now, videos!

Saturday, June 25, 2016 Performances at Modular Art Pods at OZ Art Fest:

Echoes Pod

2-4pm: Your TV Is Watching by N&XT
4-6pm: Ben Marcantel, Tye Bellar, and Seth West with visuals by Dig Deep Light Show
6-8pm: droneroom, Jane Boxall, Brady Sharp, and Stephen Seifert with visuals by Dig Deep Light Show

Water Rings Pod

4-6pm: Andri Alexandrou
6-8pm Aubrey Derryberry

Geodesic Dome

3:30-4:30pm: Nashville Jitterbugs (swing dancing)
5pm-8pm: White Orchard Theater presents Polar North 1955

Andri Alexandrou live at Modular Art Pods

Andri Alexandrou live at Modular Art Pods

Saturday Performer Bios:

Andri Alexandrou

Human transference — be it conversation, story, or secret — in an intimate setting.

droneroom (Blake Conley with Jane Boxall, Brady Sharp, and Stephen Seifert)

Improvised drone music with a rotating cast of collaborators.

Aubrey Derryberry

Site-specific, improvisation-driven performance art that explores the interplay between healer/afflicted, movement /stasis, and wholeness/fragmentation.

Your TV Is Watching by N&XT (Led by Lindsay Goranson)

N&XT presents “Your TV is Watching.” Are you the audience? Or are you the entertainment? Find out in this singular performance piece.

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Ben Marcantel with Tye Bellar,  Seth West, and Ryan Norris (spiritual guidance)

Marcantel and crew will use multiple loops and original content samples to create continually changing sound structures.

Dig Deep Light Show (Scott Sanders, Brian Miles, Megan Curtin. Derek Schartung)

Liquid light show using overhead projectors, moire fabric, colored oil and water.

White Orchard Theater

“Polar North, 1955” is a story of innocence, wilderness, exploration, romance, and industrial-age consumerism told by an arctic explorer and his lover, through a series of letters. This short piece combines live performance with motion illustration. It will be projected into the Digital Dome.

 

Don’t Miss Modular Art Pods Thursday Night Things at OZ Arts Nashville!

Chatterbird

chatterbird live at Modular Art Pods @ OZ Arts Nashville

It’s been a spectacular two days at Modular Art Pods at OZ Arts Nashville, with amazing pods, great performances, and huge turnouts. Tomorrow night (Thursday, June 23rd) from 6 to 9 p.m., we’re pulling out all the stops for TNT edition. During Thursday Night Things, we’ll have a greater frequency of performances and special interactions with pod builders. For example, you’ll be able to see a dancing octopus with Madeleine Hicks and Paul Kintzing; a butoh-inspired, egg-splatt-tacular performance piece by Blue Stocking; intimate moments with Andri Alexandrou, and a choose-your-own-adventure play with Sideshow Ensemble. And that’s just a tiny glimpse of all the cool things happening at MAPs TNT. Check out the full schedule below. But first, videos!

Echoes (Pod 23)

 Thursday Night Things, 6/23/2016
 6:00pm – 6:30pm  6:30pm – 7pm  7:00pm – 7:30pm  7:30pm – 8pm  8:00pm – 8:30pm  8:30pm – 9pm
 Mike Kluge  Blue Stocking  Rebekah Alexander  Aubrey Derryberry  Brian Siskind  Madeleine Hicks and Paul Kintzing

Water Rings (Pod 6)

Thursday Night Things, 6/23/2016
 6:00pm – 6:30pm  6:30pm – 7pm  7:00pm – 7:30pm  7:30pm – 8pm  8:00pm – 8:30pm  8:30pm – 9pm
 Andri Alexandrou  Andri Alexandrou Big Guise  Colleen Phelps  Sideshow  Sideshow
Aubrey Derryberry live at Modular Art Pods @ OZ

Aubrey Derryberry live at Modular Art Pods @ OZ

Performers:

Rebekah Alexander

Live solo vocal pieces intertwined with theatrical monologues and chance compositions with audience interaction.

Andri Alexandrou

Human transference — be it conversation, story, or secret — in an intimate setting.

Big Guise (Alexine Rioux, Mika Agari, and Kayla Saito)

Investigators of short-term connection. Food will be shared. Records will be taken.

Aubrey Derryberry

Site-specific, improvisation-driven performance art that explores the interplay between healer/afflicted, movement /stasis, and wholeness/fragmentation.

Madeleine Hicks and Paul Kintzing

As Kintzing plays steel drum, Hicks will perform a silent play about the life and death of an aquarium-imprisoned octopus, complete with octopus costume handmade by local designer Nic Magee.

Blue Stocking (Ashley Lawless and Janelle Bonfour-Mikes)

Movement art that is a blend of physical theater, modern dance and Japanese Butoh. Eggs will be set out on the floor in the pattern of Venus’s path around the sun. The performers will walk the path 13 times, each time presenting a different story, a different viewpoint, and a different moment in time.

Sideshow Ensemble (Jessika Malone & Co.)

Progressive performance artist in the style of “choose your own adventure.”

Colleen Phelps

Classical percussion constrained by the small parameters of the pod.

Brian Siskind

Live sound made of old records and field recordings stitched into collage with beats.

MKAV (Mike Kluge Audio Visual)

Synchronization system performance; audio will trigger projections and physical light devices that correspond to the audio’s spectral and dynamic information.

 

MAPs Opens June 21st!

Mary Mooney

Mary Mooney

We’re less than a week away from Modular Art Pods at OZ Art Fest! The exhibition opens Tuesday, July 21st at 11 a.m. The first two days are FREE. See the full hours, performance schedule, and ticket information here.

Here are some more progress pics.

Amanda Joy Brown and Kyle Jones

Amanda Joy Brown and Kyle Jones

Jim DeVault

Jim DeVault

Jason Brown

Jason Brown

Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening

Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening

Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening

Jaime Raybin and Briena Harmening

Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project

Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project

Scenes from Make Nashville

Scenes from Make Nashville

Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe; Sooner or Later with Tanya Butler and Dee Simpson

Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe; Sooner or Later with Tanya Butler and Dee Simpson

Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe; Sooner or Later with Tanya Butler and Dee Simpson

Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe; Sooner or Later with Tanya Butler and Dee Simpson

Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe; Sooner or Later with Tanya Butler and Dee Simpson

Carla Ciuffo + Stasis Universe; Sooner or Later with Tanya Butler and Dee Simpson

Becky Fox Matthews and Dave Matthews

Becky Fox Matthews and Dave Matthews

Becky Fox Matthews and Dave Matthews

Becky Fox Matthews and Dave Matthews

Jenn Deafenbaugh and Make Nashville

Jenn Deafenbaugh and Make Nashville

Jenn Deafenbaugh

Jenn Deafenbaugh and Make Nashville

Leah Sawyer and Ashley Adkins

Leah Sawyer and Ashley Adkins

Leah Sawyer and Ashley Adkins

Leah Sawyer and Ashley Adkins

Emily Sue Laird

Emily Sue Laird

Emily Sue Laird

Emily Sue Laird