DAVID LUSK GALLERY | NASHVILLE BRANDON DONAHUE no look past EXHIBITION: 04 - 29 sep OPENING: sat 08 sep, 5-8pm TALK: wed 19 sep, 6-7pm
A Memphis native and Nashville artist, Donahue began airbrushing at the age of 12. His work is anchored in grafitti traditions while his MFA and extensive fine art experience drive him to elevate the form. This is his first solo show on Hagan Street.
Donahue built a practice grounded in street art, pop art and Arte Povera. “No Look Past,” a play on a no-look pass in basketball, features Donahue’s Basketball Blooms, mandala-like sculptures made from basketballs that carry a history, and airbrushed found objects built on playful contradictions: Donahue is a trained fine artist with a dedication to street aesthetics.
NO LOOK PAST is an exhibition comprised of two separate bodies of work that are slightly differentiated by processes,” says Donahue. “In one body of work, I am deconstructing and reassembling “found” and “searched” for objects such as basketballs and footballs without applying paint.
In the other, I am customizing “found” and “searched for” objects with text, airbrushed acrylic, and spray paint. There are objects such as heavily starched, airbrushed jeans and stuttering street signs.”
Before receiving his MFA from Tennessee State University, Donahue spent a year at the Lorenzo De Medici School of the Arts in Florence, Italy. He has had recent solo exhibitions in Nashville at Vanderbilt University, Oz Arts, and Seed Space; Wrather West Kentucky Museum, KY; and Athica Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA; and numerous group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. He has received numerous awards, honors, grants, and residencies, and his work is in the collections of nex-Air, Memphis; Tennessee State University, Nashville; The University of Tennessee Knoxville, Ewing Gallery,Knoxville, TN; and Toyota of Franklin, TN.
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