NASHVILLE-BASED DANCER AND JEWELRY DESIGNER TONY PERRIN CURATES GHOSTED AT OZ ARTS ON NOV 15

This is an image for Tony Perrin’s “Ghosted” and photo was taken by Sydney Duncan

OZ Arts presents its first TNT (local artist spotlight) of its sixth season with Ghosted. This contemporary art experience is curated by artist Tony Perrin and uses movement, jewelry, photography and other disciplines to consider what appears in a space left behind.

Perrin is a Nashville-based dancer, fashion/costume designer, graphic/print designer and force behind Lock and Key jewelry. He will bring together a broad swath of artistic endeavors for Ghosted at OZ Arts Nashville. Incorporating movement, music, photography, shadow boxes, live performance and, naturally, jewelry, Perrin has curated a true one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary event.

“The right combination opens a world of possibility,” said Perrin. “It is in the grey areas, unrestricted by titles, that artists can be most vulnerable and create the most honest work. Real collaboration happens here.”

Perrin begins with an exploration of the varied meanings of “ghost,” including the noun that implies soul or spirit, the verb that refers to gliding smoothly and effortlessly, and the recently popular term for abruptly ending a relationship without explanation or further communication. To be “ghosted” is to know what it means to reside in limbo, an end without boundaries, a disconnection without finality.

“Our team here at OZ Arts has a love for contemporary arts of all kinds,” says OZ Arts President and CEO Tim Ozgener. “We do have a special affinity for locally based artists and we love to showcase them in our popular TNT series. We also have a demonstrated appreciation for the artistry demonstrated in fashion.”

OZ Arts Nashville is the home for Nashville Fashion Week and Ozgener serves on the board of the Nashville Fashion Alliance.

“We respect and enjoy the creativity of makers and artists of many disciplines,” continues Ozgener. “And we are eager to experience the multidisciplinary Ghosted here in November – we think that many other people in Nashville will also enjoy it.”

The original work, then, starts with the dancers of a contemporary dance collective, photographed by Anna Haas while wearing Perrin’s jewelry. Music and movement are sketched out by choreographer David Flores and composer R. Aaron Walters during the shoot. Shadow boxes are then created from the photo series to house related jewelry, and the exploration culminates with a live dance performance and large-scale photography installation at the event. As dancers will be “ghosted” out of the photos, a new space for discovery emerges.

Perrin, whose jewelry fuses Native American beading with classic ball-and-chain for collections of “modern eclecticism and international cool,” was raised in Southern California. He learned about bead weaving at the age of 10 from a family friend, all the while soaking in creativity amid a family that danced, photographed and painted. He spent more than a decade as a professional dancer in television and theatre, worked in costume design as well as in the New York fashion industry – including BCBG and Calvin Klein – and eventually landed in Nashville, where he founded Lock and Key.

Doors open at 6:30 PM

Performance starts at 7:00 PM

Run time:  2 hours

$25 for Adults $12.50 for Children 12 & Under

Appropriate for all ages

Tickets available at www.OZArtsNashville.org

About OZ Arts Nashville

Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts, under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences. OZ Arts is supported in part by Metro Arts – Nashville Office of Arts + Culture.

For more information, please visit http://www.ozartsnashville.org/.

This is an image for Tony Perrin’s “Ghosted” and photo was taken by Sydney Duncan