May 26–September 10, 2017

Vadis Turner: Tempest

Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

  • Vadis Turner. Storm System, 2013. Ribbon, dyed textiles, acrylic paint, 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, antique textiles,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

Nashville-born artist Vadis Turner recently returned to the area after living for many years in Boston and New York. In her work, she transforms everyday objects—typically hand-dyed textiles associated with women, such as ribbons and bedding—into colorful and textured assemblages. Although largely abstract, many of the works are meant to pose questions about traditional gender roles, the value assigned to materials and heirlooms, and the possibility of metamorphoses.

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

 

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