by Gracie Pratt
Galerie Tangerine lives up to its name. This brand new Nashville gallery is like that first bite of fruit: juicy, flavorful, slightly surprising. But it is also a little more than expected. Gallery owner Anne Daigh is pushing the envelope with a stunning juxtaposition—a light, airy setting in which to view sensitive, somber art.
Daigh moved to Nashville nearly 15 years ago to join the landscape architecture firm Page Duke. In the fall of 2010, she founded her own firm, Anne Daigh Landscape Architect, LLC. The professional and the personal have blurred together beautifully in the creation of a new space in the Gulch that offers room for both work and art.
The connection between landscape architecture and art is seamless in Daigh’s mind. “Art is the basis of what we do. We play with three-dimensional space. We paint on the land.” It’s a connection that she feels deeply and intuitively.
For Daigh, art is a personal passion. Raised in a family steeped in appreciation of art, she has always enjoyed the act of curating and collecting.
Galerie Tangerine could be thought of as an extension of Daigh’s personal collection of art, as she has handpicked each piece of the first exhibition with great care and mindfulness. The choice is made with a gut instinct, the same strong sense that inspired the collection lacing the walls of her own home. Her resolve to have her favorite works of art in her home led her to Henry Rasmussen, the first artist that will be featured at Galerie Tangerine.
Galerie Tangerine is defined by unlikely pairings. The most evident is the fresh gallery space contrasted with the heavy, sensitive work of Rasmussen.
Rasmussen’s The Beckomberga Mask Series is deeply conscientious. Inspired by a mask that was developed as a patient restraint in the 1930s, the series focuses on individuals victimized in “a world held hostage by crime and violence.” The series shines a spotlight on characters who suffered during a variety of situations throughout the 20th century.
The most striking characteristic of Rasmussen’s portraits is not what is covered by the mask but what is uncovered—the brilliant, luminous eyes and a mouth left speechless. The paintings, as the individuals depicted, are vulnerable and shocking.
The historical roots of this series make his paintings particularly compelling, yet the awareness of suffering does not diminish the beauty of his work. This was Rasmussen’s hope. “While I always strive to send a message, what I first and foremost attempt to do is to create an homage to the art and act of painting.”
With the work of Henry Rasmussen kicking off the gallery’s launch, Galerie Tangerine brings a unique flavor to the Nashville art community. “I hope Galerie Tangerine will push the limits,” Daigh says. “I want to get people talking.”
Both whimsical and serious, delectable and dangerous, the contemporary gallery promises an astonishing yet delightful experience.
“The most striking characteristic of Rasmussen’s portraits is not what is covered by the mask but what is uncovered—the brilliant, luminous eyes and a mouth left speechless.”
Galerie Tangerine will host an opening reception on Thursday, January 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Henry Rasmussen will give an artist talk at the gallery on February 1 at 6 p.m., and his work will be featured from January 19 through April 14. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Galerie Tangerine is located in the Gulch at 900 South Street, Suite 104. For more information, visit www.galerietangerine.com.