Clarksville, TN – “This body of work is not simply about the Civil War. It is about an emotion: the layered, all-encompassing emotion that accompanies a life lived. It is about being passionate enough to fight, compassionate enough to grieve, honest enough to be open. It is about ghosts and hopes,” states Dane Carder of his paintings currently hanging at the Customs House Museum.The suite of works on wood panels and paper are reminiscent of the people of the Civil War era. In sepia tones, blurred black and whites, and faded vintage wallpaper patterns, Carder’s art speaks of the human spirit.
Dane has created haunting images that give the viewer a voyeuristic moment into the lives and trauma of the people who made up America’s history. Even without clear facial details, one feels a personal and emotional connection to the figures.
Dane Carder was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1972, and he still calls it home. He studied fine arts at the University of Georgia and Middle Tennessee State University. Dane has exhibited in numerous galleries and alternative art spaces, and is currently represented by Cumberland Gallery in Nashville. He is represented in Los Angeles by Art for Humans Gallery.
The artist has said, “When I was sixteen years old, my father passed away, and since then I have felt an unflinching familiarity with the Spiritual. Ghosts and hopes have been the raw material that I have worked with in art for over fifteen years. It was in rediscovering Civil War imagery that my creative voice found volume and a proper vehicle to express the depths of this Spiritual life.”
Dane will be discussing his work and process during the museum’s monthly Art & Lunch program on November 21st. Ghosts and Hopes will be on view through January 14th, 2014.
About the Customs House Museum
Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s second largest general museum. With over 35,000 square feet of the region’s best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!
The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Regular museum hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $7.00, Sr. Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six years and Museum members are free.
The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org