The Arts Company makes exception for Lonnie Holley

MiChelle Jones, For The Tennessean 

Our Journey by Lonnie Holley

Our Journey by Lonnie Holley

Upstairs in its recently reconfigured client space, The Arts Company is displaying a suite of new prints by Lonnie Holley.

"He's willing to try anything," said Anne Brown, the gallery's owner.

Brown described Holley's prints as magical, adding that it's an art form she normally doesn't exhibit. She was, however, happy to make an exception for these.

The works were created at the Bay Area's Paulson Bott Press last fall.

Intaglio or engraved prints are a new medium for the Atlanta-based Holley, a self-trained visual artist who is also an acclaimed musician. Holley also recently created a piece of sculpture for Edmonson Park that will be dedicated on Aug. 20.

Holley uses found material in his work. In the prints, he arranged random collections of items on printing plates to form abstract or representational images.

A video made by Paulson Bott Press shows Holley building a sculpture that became "Our Journey," a print of a tall-sail vessel on choppy seas.

"The Things of Life (To See or Not To See)" is a series of three prints that resemble photograms with strong interplays of negative and positive space. A razor blade, pen cap, pencil, coil and plant matter are some of the discernible objects in the designs.

In "Obstacles Before the Goal II," a ghostly soccer ball is positioned behind an airy, floating net.

The prints will be on view through Sept. 6 at The Arts Company, 215 Fifth Ave. N. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information call 615-254-2040 or go to theartscompany.com.

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