Nashville, Tennessee
Contemporary Art Gallery

237 Rep. John Lewis Way N. 37219
Tuesday–Saturday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.





 Arden Bendler Browning | Black Forest

Lily Prince | Beneath the Moon, Under the Sky

Jeanie Gooden & Brandon Reese | Two Person Exhibition


Kimia Ferdowsi Kline | Drinking Tears

Elspeth Schulze | Hold Water 

Sisavanh Phouthavong | ctrl + alt + del

Reed Anderson | Tender Garden




James Perrin | Observations, Integrations, Pareidolia, and Polysemy

September 5-September 26, 2015
Opening Reception: September 5th, 6 to 9 pm

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Observations, Integrations, Pareidolia and Polysemy, a solo exhibition by James Perrin. Perrin's paintings can be described as a combination of several painting methods that incorporate different ideas, frameworks, and physical strategies. He considers himself a formalist first and foremost, as he is less interested in his work's ideology and more interested in exploring methods of creativity in order to achieve new visual languages and suggestions. He allows his creative process to be intuitive yet non-linear and at times chaotic, while focusing on the expressiveness and possibilities of paint and pictorial construction. He lets the paintings become their own self-contained realities.

His latest group of paintings incorporates images and ideas derived from shopping mall interiors; Walmart interiors; Caribbean beaches; women's dresses; renderings from paintings by Giotto, Masaccio, Enguerrand Quarton, and Fra Angelico; and finally, segments from his previous work. He amalgamates these pictorial elements with the intention to viscerally communicate what we know about our human state of being as it relates to our past, present, and future environments and experiences.

James Perrin was born in Kenton, Tennessee and earned his BFA degree in painting at Kansas City Art Institute. He studied in Perugia, Italy for a year before obtaining his MFA at Boston University. He has exhibited all across the country, including in a group exhibition at The Frist Center and maintains permanent works at Boston University and in the Grimaldi Collection, Rome, Italy. James currently works and lives in Nashville, TN.