10 X Relay — Cat’s Cradle

Opening Reception: Friday, September 6th from 5-9pm at the UT, Knoxville Downtown Gallery

The passing back and forth of ideas in painting is like the relay and return of the knotted patterns in the game of cat’s cradle. Each painting is a string configuration that we hold out to be received by another, or that we receive and respond to by adding something new, by proposing another knot, another net. We play cat’s cradle with ourselves, with each other, with art history.  Entangled in a myriad of configurations, we start from a place that doesn’t wipe out what comes before – we make paintings of inheritances and remembering.

10 X Relay includes artists: Kylie HeidenheimerPinkney HerbertErick JohnsonJackie MeierLaura NewmanPierre ObandoJennifer RileyRussell RobertsLisa Taliano, and Chuck Webster.  It is a celebration and recognition of these artists’ indebtedness to each other as friends and painters. Companions in conflict and collaboration, the artists in this show are tied together by the threads of making, thinking and doing, entangled in a painting dialog, bound together in a knotted net of past, present, and future.


Laura Newman
           House of Sticks           62 x 50″           oil and acrylic on canvas         2019

Pierre Obando
           City of Glass    54 x42″            oil on canvas   2018

Erick Johnson Pendulum Moment    72 x 60″           oil on canvas   2019

Jennifer Riley
Machine Series #5      68 x 72″           oil on canvas   2017

Jackie Meier    Black and White Chex 60 x 60″           oil on canvas   2018
Pinkney-Herbert-PNietzsche

Pinkney Herbert   
       pnietzsche       60 x 48″           oil, acrylic, mixed media on wood panel,       2018

Kylie Heidenheimer    POOL   68 x 53″           oil on canvas   2017

Russell Roberts
          Paper Bed Concrete Head #14           56 x 54″           oil on canvas   2015

Lisa Taliano
    Making Kin      60 x60″            oil on canvas   2018

Chuck Webster           Doge    60 x 48″           oil on panel     2016
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