Laskey Gallery Exhibit Opening: “Spirit Grid Machine” by artist Jordan Martin

We all want to tell our story. We all desire to be heard. We are each connected through the daunting process of seeking to understand one another and our world. So, we communicate. We talk, we listen. We argue, we ask questions. Sometimes, we have no words, so, sometimes, we create.

The Laskey Gallery at Scarritt Bennett Center is excited to exhibit the creative works of artist Jordan Martin who communicates his experiences of the world through drawing, printmaking, and painting. Martin is a Nashville native and has a BFA in Fine Art from Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film. He has exhibited work at Rocketown, the WAG, and the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Martin’s work investigates automatic processes of mark-making and its relationship to topics such as psychology, history, and religion. His work relies on notions of spontaneity and chance and he describes his works as automatic wanderings.

In his exhibit created for Laskey Gallery, Martin explores the philosophical, spiritual, and material significance of a grid. For Martin, the grid is a lens through which we can attempt to understand one another and world around us:

“The grid is omnipresent. The grid structures our environment, culture, and psychic life. We are always creating grids to cope with the unexpected in hope of establishing order. Grids are an enforcement system. Through drawings and paintings, Spirit Grid Machine is an exploration of the grid and its relationship to psychology, process, time, and memory. This work also investigates the paradoxical nature of the grid which has the potential to be cold and materialistic but at the same time spiritual, metaphysical and cosmological.”
Jordan Martin, 2015

Come experience the power of art to communicate truth, to explore meaning, and to create ideas.

Spirit Grid Machine by Jordan Martin opens on Thursday, July 23 with an opening reception from 4:30pm-6:30pm in Laskey Gallery located on the second floor of the Laskey Building on Scarritt Bennett’s campus. The exhibit will run through October 7 and is free and open to the public daily.

Gallery Hours:
Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

carolineCaroline Adams is an Assistant Director of Education, Programming and Connections at Scarritt Bennett Center. She works primarily with Spiritual Formation programming which includes programs such as Tuesdays in the Chapel, Vespers and All That Jazz, Poet’s Corner, and the Laskey Gallery. She holds a Masters of Divinity and a Certificate in Religion and the Arts in Contemporary Culture from Vanderbilt Divinity School.