Not Modern [Rattner & Johnson](Curatorial Projects 2013)

HAUS and 40AU are pleased to invite you to our newest curatorial project: Not Modern, a collaborative exhibition featuring new works by Jonathan Rattner & Jonathan Johnson.

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October 5th, 2013, Opening Reception as part of the First Saturday ArtCrawl and Artober Nashville, at 40AU in Space 69 at the Arcade, 6-9 pm. Exhibition through October 7th-26th, by appointment and M-F 12-4 pm.

From the Press Release: Contemplative in aesthetic and process, Not Modern is a collection of poetic moments in the form of video, polaroids, cyanotypes, and large scale color photographs, challenging the temporal expressions of each medium. Derived from the artists personal experiences and their engagement with their environments – from the atmospheres of New Mexico to an artist residency during a sunlit month of Icelandic summer – Not Modern creates intimate, sensitive spans of time that create quiet phrases for the viewer to inhabit: spaces of breathing, listening, existing.


About the Artists:

Jonathan Rattner is a lens-based artist who primarily produces experimental nonfiction film and videos. Rattner has exhibited work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, the World Social Forum in Brazil, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Live Herring Festival in Finland, Emergeandsee Media Art Festival in Germany, as well as at other colleges, festivals, and galleries in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, and Russia.  Rattner holds MFA’s in Film and Video Production and in Intermedia Art from the University of Iowa and a BFA in Film and Television from Tisch School for the Arts, NYU.  For five years he was the creative director of Iowa City Senior Center Television, a television station for and by older adults. Rattner is currently an active member of the lens based collective Wildland Urban Interface and holds the position of Assistant Director/Assistant Professor of Film Studies and Assistant Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jonathan Johnson is an intermedia based artist who has exhibited his experimental videos and photo-based projects in over 30 countries including the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid; The Wexner Center for the Arts; University of Westminster; Koelner Filmhaus; Cinelab Athens; Gallery Sment in Braga, Portugal; Spectacle Theatre Brooklyn; Winnipeg Underground Film Festival; Armenian Center for Contemporary Art; Sofia Arsenal Museum of Contemporary Art; Africa Center, Cape Town, South Africa; and the Margate Photo Festival. Johnson studied photojournalism, fine-art photography and intermedia/video art at The University of Alaska (BA), Minnesota State University (MA) and The University of Iowa (MFA).  Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Photography and Integrated Digital Media at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio, USA.


Thank you to those who wrote about the show!

“The Artober Art Crawl sets the pace as Nashville’s autumn art season shifts into high gear” : Nashville Scene : Oct 3rd, 2013

Not Modern is a poetic multimedia exploration of space and time by artists Jonathan Rattner and Jonathan Johnson. Including video, Polaroids, cyanotype prints and large-scale color photographs, the show captures moments from the artists’ everyday lives in the diverse settings of New Mexico and Iceland. I’m looking forward to seeing a wild variety of images at this show, but it’s worth pointing out that the photographic processes Rattner and Johnson use all involve directly interacting with light. Because of photography’s memory-capturing capacities, there is something bittersweet and nostalgic about Not Modern. But like a Polaroid picture, there is something vaguely magical about the show as well, and it reminds me of a lesson from Antonioni’s Blow Up: Photographs may reveal secrets. Get a clue at 40 AU Saturday night.”

“We don’t call it ARTober for nuthin!” : The Examiner : Sep 30th, 2013


Excerpt from 3am from Jonathan Rattner on Vimeo.

3am is a cinematic essay that has been presented as both a multi-channel installation and single channel video.

“3am indulges in a slow, intentional pace: images of intimately-filmed environments – the line of a door, the turn of a petal against the wind – balance with thoughtful poetics. Rattner utilizes choice moments with precision to illustrate the overwhelming blankness of stays in Iceland, New Mexico, and Thailand, weaving a visual thread between the present and the past. It’s a series of vignettes that serves to bring the viewer along with the narrator, slipping in and out of a blinking, dreamlike state, sleepless, fading in and out of memory, sound, and wakefulness.”

-Megan Kelley
Gallery Director, 40AU
Nashville, Tennessee:


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