October 2017

Lexus of Nashville October 5 until February 28

WORDS Amanda Dobra Hope

Art is all about perspective. One of its main purposes is to take its audience on a journey vastly different from their everyday reality.

Imagine for a moment a fairly routine task such as buying or servicing your car in the city and state you live, work, and play in every day. Now imagine yourself waiting for your car alongside images of that city and state in a way you may never have seen them before, images that challenge your perspective of different areas of land and structure that you’re used to seeing only from the ground.

From October 5 until February 28, Lexus of Nashville will be showcasing thirty photographic images of Middle Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains taken by members of Aerial Innovations of Tennessee, a Nashville-based aerial photography company founded by Wendy Whittemore. The photos are the result of the photographers feeding their creative sides between construction and real estate assignments for the company. “We aren’t going out trying to make art for our clients; the art is happening between shots,” Whittemore explains. When asked when the art portion of the flights first emerged, Whittemore offers, “The art probably started before we ever took a photo for a client. Looking at the earth from above provides a whole other network of patterns and juxtapositions. If you have a creative bone in your body, as soon as you get up in an airplane, you’re going to be creating art.”

Whittemore goes on to explain that the stunning photographs are most definitely the result of successful collaborations between the pilots and photographers. “Being a pilot takes a large amount of knowledge and skill. We use flight schools and fly with the instructors. They have a lot of hours and real-world experience— flying low, flying at an angle. Great images are a team effort.”

During the opening reception on October 5 from 5 to 7 p.m., Paul Polycarpou, publisher and CEO of this publication, will be moderating an artist talk with the photographers whose work is being showcased. The conversation will focus on how the images are captured, as well as the images themselves and the stories they tell. “We wanted to share these photos with Nashville and be able to have a conversation about them. Every image is about the developing world. Everything has the stamp of man on it,” Whittemore passionately adds.

Above It All opens with a reception on October 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. (artist talk at 6) at Lexus of Nashville, 2010 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. The exhibit remains on view until February 28. For more information, visit www.flytenn.com.

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