in tandem with ruth ava lyon's paintings hidell brooks will be exhibiting sculptures by nashville based artist johan hagaman. the mixed media sculptures made from found objects, concrete, japanese paper, copper, encaustic, tin and milk paint are intriguing, intense and emotional. they pull at the viewer's emotions and wrap around you just as the vines and roots wrap around the sculptures themselves. they are powerful and simultaneously beautiful.
"these new works were inspired by a wild vine that grew over my garden, completely transforming it into a design of its own. it was a call to wonder, a call to attention, a call to decide, “what is in your world?” these sculptures are symbolic evidence of this appeal to consciousness and imagination, but also suggest a larger story of how we shape and are shaped by ourselves and our world; how creation is it not fixed, but fluid, and ongoing."
johan hagman's sculptures are thought promoting. they make you think. her sculptures make reference to primitive art, daily rituals, current events, and the flora and fauna of the southern environment--both internal and external. every detail is sought out and labored over from a found item in a paris flea market to which direction the copper leaves of the ivy point. johan hagaman will be in attendance at the opening reception from 6-8 pm on friday march 7th. two powerful shows by two very talented women artists working today. please call the gallery if you have any questions concerning the upcoming exhibitions.