Quintessential Nelson: Arbitrary Charm, Opening January 2

Insidious Hippodrome, John Nelson

John Nelson and his 20-something son Quinn Nelson-Temme are both artists. But the similarities stop there. John — a professional picture framer of three decades — gravitates toward tight, clean lines and mathematical precision. “My paintings employ design to generate tension, and I use color for release of that tension,” John reveals in a press statement, rattling off influences like Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and “any individual willing to step into the creative sandbox to explore their unknown selves.” Comparatively, Quinn adopts a looser, more chaotic style reminiscent of the street art you might find in an urban center. “I like using art as a tool to defy dysfunction and undermine misfortune,” he quips, citing Jean-Michel Basquiat as a creative influence. Despite the differences between father and son, they will come together to produce a cohesive exhibition at BlackBird Frame & Art this January. Titled Quintessential Nelson: Arbitrary Charm, the show will include line drawings, reverse painting on plexi, art-photo merging, white ink symbolism, and abstract acrylic and oil pastels. According to the gallery, guests can expect a “surprisingly unified and harmonious” viewing experience. 

Quintessential Nelson: Arbitrary Charm: January 2-31; Opening Reception: Friday, Jan. 5, 6-7:30pm 

BlackBird Frame & Art / 365 Merrimon Ave., Asheville


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