David Lusk Gallery through November 14

By Joe Nolan

David Lusk’s latest offerings pair Huger Foote’s wide-ranging photography with Vadis Turner’s sumptuous fabric wall sculptures. The two might seem like odd gallery mates, but they make a match in their bold colors and their emphasis on the physical sensibilities of their respective media.

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Huger Foote, Untitled (Beach Scene) | 2015 | Archival pigment print | 16” x 24”

Lusk is showing over a dozen of Foote’s vibrantly colored images, scanned from vintage prints the artist spent years curating from his vast archive. Many of the prints were scratched, creased, or torn, but Foote chose to scan these anyway, including the wear and tear of the old prints as part of the show. Viewers will find double-exposed images here alongside battered Polaroids and worse-for-the-wear landscapes, all blown up into perfect prints that capture all of the imperfections. The lack of preciousness here is a welcome one that brings a rough physicality to an exhibition of photography—a medium normally known for its pristine displays. Highlights here include a portrait of William Eggleston and a snap of actress Rachel Weisz holding a revolver, taken on a visit to a film set.

Vadis Turner’s wall sculptures are known for their grabbable sensuousness, and fans of the artist’s soft textile surfaces and dripping ribbons won’t be disappointed. However, the most interesting works here are small collages that feature painted backgrounds decorated by cut paper and bits of fabric. Viewers might assume that the smaller pieces are studies for Turner’s larger sculptures, but the collages are actually inspired by their comparatively massive counterparts. These might be just a smart effort by the artist to make smaller, more affordable works for sale, but the result is also another take on Turner’s exploration of the line between sculpture and painting. These works offer a new perspective on a familiar aesthetic, and it’s a welcome one.

Huger Foote’s now here then and Vadis Turner’s time of day will be on exhibit at David Lusk Gallery through November 14. For more information, please visit www.davidluskgallery.com/nashville

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