Erin Nathanson

Curatorial Highlights

New Painting
The Southern
September – November 2017

A group exhibition of contemporary painters and their exploration of techniques; old and new, reworking and updating to align with current, contemporary aesthetics. Featuring Adam Eddy, Natalie Escobar, Shanequa Gay, Susan Klein, Karen (Myers) Paavola, Colin Quashie, and Sophie Treppendahl.

Fan Girl
The Southern
August – September 2017

In a post-fact environment in which hyperbole and performance are the norm, and perceptions are constantly shifting, our online self-documentation reflects our desires to be seen and validated by others.

Dorothy Netherland has spent many years exploring issues of identity, transformation, and personal power, most recently from the context of being a mother of a teenage daughter. Combining photos of her daughter’s face with bodies from fashion magazines, and then overloading the imagery, she can explore, in a personal way, the complexities and contradictions involved in crafting an identity in the current moment.

Down and Dirty
The Southern
May – June 2017

Down​ – as in to throw down, get down – or – directional, meaning to “go down” south
Dirty​ – as in mean, backwards, or dishonorable – or – Evidence of having made a mess or labored.

Featuring painter Kevin Earl Taylor and textile artist Ben Venom.

Fatal Links
The Southern
March – April 2017

Juan Logan’s artworks address subjects relevant to the American experience and the interconnections of race, place, and power. They make visible how hierarchical relations and social stereotypes shape individuals, institutions, and the many landscapes of contemporary life.

After Midnight in the Dynasty
The Southern
March – April 2017

Tonya Gregg’s work often explores paradoxical narratives about women, consumption, popular culture and ancient mythology. Conflicting motifs are employed throughout Gregg’s paintings and drawings to provoke awareness, divergence, hope, and forward thinking.

Inherited Truths | Inherited Prides
Satellite Art Show, Miami Beach, FL
December 2016

Featuring work by Michaela Pilar Brown, Eliot Dudik, and Colin Quashie. Generational narratives are explored, exposed, and reckoned through performance-based photography, collage, printmaking, and sculpture. Brown considers memory, myth, and rituals of common objects and architectural spaces creating a confrontational and seductive story. Dudik questions the preservation of a convoluted history and the modern day re-enactors who aim to appropriate honor for their fallen ancestors. Quashie illustrates the vicious cycle of acquisition, sale, discipline, domestication and revolt / freedom upheaving the white-washed, romanticized re-branding of southern plantations. Together, the artists present a larger narrative which challenges the viewer’s own impressions of family and hidden histories which have been passed down through time.

Take Me Away
The Southern
September – November 2016

In “Take Me Away,” Jamea Richmond-Edwards presents a series of paintings featuring black women in moments of silent contemplation. The series, rooted in escapism, was created in response to the year’s heated social and political climate faced by black Americans.

New Weave
The Southern
July – September 2016

A group exhibition of contemporary, fiber artists and their use of textile techniques; old and new, natural and chemical, reworking and updating to align with current, contemporary aesthetics. Featuring Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, and Judit Just.

Kelly Lu’s War!
The Southern
May – June 2016

Growing up as a minority in the South, Kelly Lu rarely saw representations of her race as a Vietnamese-American. Her work references ideas of rebellion, the transition from childhood to adulthood, and the internal struggle to find an identity.

Lake City, South Carolina
April 2013 & April 2014

ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. With more than $120,000 up for grabs — and awarded based upon the input of every visitor to ArtFields and a panel of judges made up of acclaimed artists and educators, the competition offers life-changing cash prizes to artists across all media who live in 12 Southeastern states.

More than 400 masterpieces will be displayed in locally-owned venues, from renovated circa 1920s warehouses and Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start-up boutiques, in a celebration of art and community. What was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities becomes a living art gallery as we recognize, celebrate, and share the artistic talent of the Southeast.