May 26–September 10, 2017

Vadis Turner: Tempest

Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

  • Vadis Turner. Storm System, 2013. Ribbon, dyed textiles, acrylic, and mixed media, 60 x 84 x 4 in. Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, New York. © 2017 Vadis Turner

  • Vadis Turner. Primrose Path Engulfed in Smoke, 2011. Ribbon, clothing, quilts, vintage bedspreads, and mixed media; 68 x 63 x 5 in. Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, New York. © 2017 Vadis Turner

  • Vadis Turner. Storm, 2013. Fabric, ribbon, and mixed media, 84 x 84 x 5 in. Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, New York. © 2017 Vadis Turner

  • Vadis Turner. Full Vessel, 2015. Ribbon, acrylic, resin, and mixed media, 36 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, New York. © 2017 Vadis Turner

  • Vadis Turner. Underwater Encounter with a Burning Tree, 2011. Ribbon, clothing, quilts, vintage bedspreads, and mixed media, 68 x 65 x 5 in. Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, New York. © 2017 Vadis Turner

  • Vadis Turner. Fruit Bearing Ash, 2016. Ribbon, ash, acrylic, resin, and mixed media, 36 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, New York. © 2017 Vadis Turner

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Nashville-born artist Vadis Turner moved back to Middle Tennessee in 2014 after living in Boston and New York for many years. In her work, she transforms commonplace objects associated with women, such as ribbons and bedding, into bold, textured assemblages that assert the value of female experiences, especially rites of passage. She is interested in challenging conventional gender roles and inspired by the history of women’s creative production, and strives to bring visibility to the often-overlooked handiwork of women in the past while simultaneously pushing this legacy forward. Vadis Turner: Tempest presents objects surrounding three potential phases of a woman’s life: the young Wild Woman, the Mother, and the Elder.

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

 

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