This July, a three-person group show takes the walls at David Lusk Gallery Nashville. David Onri Anderson, Christina Renfer Vogel and KJ Schumacher bring together their works in ripple | nature | bodies, an exhibition that navigates the spaces between interpretation and description and allows viewers to unite experiences while acknowledging differences. Anderson explores the painting process through the collaboration of the subject and his own receptiveness. This practice becomes a collection of images and rhythms that leave a trail of responses to life experiences. Vogel transitions between two ongoing bodies of work: intimate paintings of verdant landscapes and sparse interiors and still life paintings of houseplants. Schumacher’s paint fragments take on a natural, geologic appearance after eroding from walls in Berlin, Germany while maintaining sculptural and painterly qualities. Through each of their practices, these artists are connected to the act of painting itself and respond to shifting dialogue around the objects they paint.
For Anderson, these paintings reflect a slow and gradual change through the passing of experience with an image and its individual pieces. As one vision unfolds itself and is painted, the next vision follows in the echoing spaces left by the former. He makes his paintings when an image comes into his mind and stays for a while. These images have often been memories of paper lanterns seen in a Japanese print. “Painting this image brings along with it a presence in the moment of my mind’s eye, and a certain calmness of looking inward and painting outward.”
David Onri Anderson received his BFA and the Anny Gowa Purchase Award from Watkins College of Art in Nashville, TN. He has exhibited nationally, including shows at ZieherSmith in New York, the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center and Zeitgeist Gallery. In addition to his work as an artist, Anderson is the co-director and
curator of Mild Climate, and runs Bijan Ferdowsi, an art space in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Of his work he says, “The work I make resists the spectacle and urges a greater importance for silence, ambiguity and rest.”
Christina Renfer Vogel has participated in artist residencies at the Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Most recently she attended an artist residency program at JSS in Civitia Castellana, Italy. Vogel holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Recent shows include solo exhibitions at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN and the Julia Martin Gallery in Nashville, TN. Vogel is a recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, among other awards. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
KJ Schumacher lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee. He taught Fine Arts at Montgomery Bell Academy for eight years and served as President on the Ruby Green Board of Directors, was a Warhol Initiative Participant, and a member of the Arts Subcommittee for the Tomorrow Fund. He studied Art History, Fine Arts and Painting at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he was awarded the Presidential Arts Scholarship. Additionally, he spent time at both Parsons School of Design in Paris as a visiting student, and at the Transart Institute in Berlin and New York. His work is included in multiple corporate and private collections.