Clarksville, TN – Hundred-year old patterns of wheels, squares, stars, and waves merge into beautiful assemblages of wood and steel. These, along side Mike Andrews’ more widely known works of art fill the Crouch gallery of the Customs House Museum on May 17th.
Artist Mike Andrews has been creating art for more than two decades out of limestone, wood, and metal. More recently, he has produced large, wall installations comprised of patterns belonging to the Clarksville Foundry.These patterns, some of which were originally used as far back as the Industrial Revolution, have been given a new life in Andrews’ compositions. Mike’s medium of choice is Tennessee limestone, which, used in such pieces as Toulouse, show the meticulous precision with which Andrews creates.
As the viewer’s eyes follow the sweeping movement of endless form, one can’t help but notice the smoothness of line and equality of girth throughout the piece. The artist has said of his art “My work is not political; it really doesn’t have any deep meanings. The stonework is mostly peaceful, reflecting the harmony of the materials. It’s about love. My assemblages are a product of intuition. I put them together in a way that feels right to me at that moment”.
Andrews received his BFA from Austin Peay University, where he studied under renowned regional artist Olen Bryant. As well as Bryant, Mike’s art is inspired by the works of Herbert Baggett, Tanner Wickham, and the more modern art of Isamu Noguchi and Louise Nevelson.
The winner of numerous awards, Andrews continues to exhibit his sculpture in galleries; as well as, regional art festivals and shows. Some notable exhibitions include The Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, The Leu Gallery at Belmont University, the Centennial Art Center in Nashville, and the juried Tennessee Arts and Crafts Show.
The sculpture of Mike Andrews can be found in collections throughout Tennessee including the Nashville International Airport, Austin Peay State University, The Ronald McDonald House, and the Customs House Museum.
Carvings, Castings, and Constructions will be on exhibit through August 31st. Located at the corner of Second and Commerce Streets, the Customs House Museum is the second largest general museum in Tennessee.