The Frist Art Museum presents VIRGINIA OVERTON: SAVED

The Frist Art Museum presents Virginia Overton: Saved, an exhibition of site-specific sculptures and installations made from repurposed everyday materials that create a dynamic visual poetry of reclamation and renewal. Organized by the Frist Art Museum, the exhibition will be presented at the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery from October 7 to December 31, 2022.

Virginia Overton searches for the creative potential of ordinary building materials, obsolete equipment and other objects that have been thrown away or fallen into disrepair. “In his practice, Overton focuses on harnessing and examining the associations carried by objects, whether machined or organic, that retain aspects of their previous life,” said Frist Art Museum chief curator Mark Scala. .

Through a process that encompasses improvisation, the artist adds layers of meaning by dismantling, constructing, realigning and juxtaposing elements. “By encouraging us to see beauty and find value in overlooked things, Overton presents an alternative to the throwaway attitude that is prevalent in consumer culture,” Scala said. The title of the exhibition, Saved, refers to how material objects can be reimagined as art instead of being rejected.

Although she has long worked in New York, the Nashville-born artist has strong ties to Middle Tennessee, where her family has owned Wedge Oak Farm in Lebanon for more than a century. “There are implicit references to both of these contexts in his work, blending town and farmhouse, industrial and organic, refined and raw,” Scala said. “Throughout the exhibition, we not only see isolated artifacts become works of art, but also a greater gestalt in which the works inflect each other and the surrounding architecture.”

Mildred D. Field