August 1-30, 2015 – opening reception Saturday, August 1, 6-9pm
COOP Gallery is pleased to present “What Remains,” an exhibit featuring work by new members, Melissa Newman, Jennifer Pepper, Tammy Smithers, and John Warren. Each year COOP invites local and newly transplanted artists to join its ranks in recognition of the seriousness of their work and their commitment to fostering Nashville’s artist community. This multidisciplinary exhibition demonstrates the shared dedication of the new members to offer a unique and engaging dialogue in our local arts community.
Each artist’s work deals with acts of preservation and the exhibition offers a variety of media including 16mm film, beeswax, found object, and 3-D printing.
Melissa Newman’s work is mainly two-dimensional and is currently investigating outdated technology, the mundane and the pitiful. Jennifer Pepper combines left-over parts of beekeeping with her interest in cursive writing as a way of examining the mortality and functionality of both. Tammy Smithers’ digital photography captures fleeting moments and favorite rituals from her research stays in Rome, Italy over the last several years. Her latest work is based on events surrounding the opening of Raphael’s grave in 1833. John Warren’s video installation celebrates banal domestic life, transforming the landscape into a diary written with light.
Dr. Smithers and APSU student Marcus Eiland collaborated on a 3D print of Raphael’s skull for the exhibition.