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Grant Gill: I do not mean ecclesiastical art
This exhibition serves as the culmination of Grant Gill’s thesis dealing with the concepts of beauty, spirituality, and existential questioning through sculpture. Gill wishes to carve out space for contemplation on these topics through art-making.
“Gill is a rising artist in the Nashville area interested in exploring the spiritual experience through his art. The artist’s sculpture is thoughtfully crafted in black fiberglass and through it he explores questions and concepts including:
•Can beauty transport the intellect to the sublime?
•Is the transcendent experience simply an aesthetic reaction or are there deeper reasons humanity yearns for peace and beauty?
•Can we snatch a glimpse of it through art?”
The title of the exhibit is derived from French Philosopher Jacques Maritain’s (1882-1973) essay. In the essay he describes the difference between “Ecclesiastical art,” of a specific religion or church, and the natural occurrence of the spiritual in art with a much more universal significance.
Grant Gill is a native of North Alabama that has been a resident of Nashville for four years. He grew up with an obsession over building tree houses, forts, and anything else the scrap wood and clay near home would allow. As an artist, Gill is now obsessed with creating objects that invoke the same sense of the spiritual in viewers that the act of making invokes in him.
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Artist Talk at 5:00pm
1919 Belmont Boulevard, Lila D. Bunch Library, Nashville, TN 37212