"From Kentouchy With Love" Pix + Reopening

Fireproof Gallery bounced back from Winter hiatus last month with the opening of a new show called "From Kentouchy With Love." Creators ZACH WIDGREN, Katy Smith, and Katie Moseley have been collaborating on this space since its opening about a year ago. The newest show is a reflection on Kentucky (Widgren's home state) and tells a few stories within the murals, paintings, and sculpture pieces. As per usual, quarter pipes and a stage for music is part of the warehouse installation. 

The show opened last month on April 14th and April 21, and will be reopening for another show this Saturday, May 5th. There will be a few local acts playing music starting around 8:00pm and lasting until late. The first 20 people through the door receive a small painting and 1 lucky person will win a large scale artwork. 

Katie Smith, amiga, Katie Moseley with a hand sewn AK-47
Plush AK-47 by Katie Moseley

"From Kentouchy With Love III"
 Saturday, May 5
8:00pm - 3:00am
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph Street
Knoxville, TN 37917

$5 / BYOB
music all night
skateboards welcome!

Fireproof Winter Hiatus

Saturday will be the final showing of "Gracious Crumple" at Fireproof Gallery, which is the latest installation from ZACH WIDGREN, Katy Smith, Katie Moseley, Amanda McCall, Dave Grimes, Andy Fagan, Rachel Gurley, and others. 

This installation differs from the previous shows in that there are no canvases. All artists have contributed to wall space directly with spray paint and installation pieces. 

After the "Gracious Crumple Farewell," Fireproof Gallery will be taking a Winter hiatus to prepare for next year's master plans. Come get it in one last time with all the art goons of Knoxville! BYOB as usual, and there will be plenty of live music through out the night, as usual. 

Haunted Mansion...lights on.

If you missed all of your opportunities to see the haunted house, well you got lucky because there is one final showing this Saturday as well. The lights will be on and everyone is free to do a walk-through in the light to see all the work that went into creating this creepy space. 

"Gracious Crumple Farewell"
Saturday, November 12 
10:00 pm - 3:00 am
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph Street
Knoxville, TN
$5 entry

Haunted Warehouse

Fireproof Gallery has decided to turn the back end of the warehouse into a haunted house of art for the Halloween holiday. The old Fireproof Storage building that houses the gallery is already fairly creepy, and supposedly haunted.

After many hours and days of work, the Trash Wave Collective, which includes ZACH WIDGREN and the other creators behind Fireproof, have transformed the baron industrial space into a two-story adventure of oddities. Among this maze, guests will find puzzles, multiple chambers to navigate through, and the artists dressed as characters waiting to mess with your mind. 

The Haunted House will be open the weekend before Halloween and through the beginning of November. On Halloween, The Pilot Light will be hosting a party in the main Fireproof space and the haunted house will be open during this time as well.

Each night will be slightly different with additions and subtractions of certain elements. 

Artists: Zach Widgren, Katy Smith, Katie Moseley, Rachel Gurley, DL, Andy Fagan, Christian Cox, Wesley Wyrick, Dave Grimes, Andrea Markel, Brandon Biondo, Dylan Dawkins, Cole Murphy, Preston Proffit, and Amanda McCall

"Who Will Grow The Corn"
October 27 - November 12 (Thursdays and Fridays)
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph Street Knoxville, TN
Tickets: $5 at the door

Black and White Closing Party

The "Black and White" installation at Fireproof has had some amazing showings since its opening in August. Musical musings from Fine Peduncle, Teams, Dolphyn Rydyr, Dumb Lunch, and many others really helped make this place pop on the Saturday night parties, while ZACH WIDGREN and company have kept the space refreshed and reblessed with new art pieces each week. Contributing artists for the final show, "Black and White VII," taking place this Saturday, September 24 include:

Zach Widgren
Katy Smith
Amanda McCall
Katie Moseley
Dave Grimes
Rachel Gurley
Preston Proffit
Michael Watson
Andy Fagan

There are surprise performances which will be announced later this week. Stay up on the Facebook page for updates.  There is a $5.00 donation based cover and BYOB. Don't forget your skate board!

"Black and White VII"
Saturday, September 24, 2011
10:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph St. 
Knoxville, TN 37917

Pay Attention: Your Weekend Agenda!

Hey Southeastern folks and friends, there are some cool events going on that you should make a priority this Friday and Saturday.

FRIDAY - August 19, 2011

Lifted Lab will be hosting a pop-up gallery shop inside of the CiderHouse in Knoxville, TN during the DNAEBEATS show. We will have a booth with art work, prints, tee shirts, jewelry, and more.

Artists contributing to the gallery shop:
Daniel Maw with Jarred Elrod (Drugtown)

112 Ramsey Street Knoxville, TN 37921
August 19, 2011 from 9:00 PM - 3:00 AM

In Charlotte, NC at Black Sheep, INFAMOUS JEANCLAUDE will be debuting new works at the much anticipated "Two Eyes, Two Minds" solo show. Please peep our previous blog about this show to get more info.

"Two Eyes, Two Minds"
Opening: Friday, August 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM
1504 Camden Road, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC

SATURDAY, August 20th:

Fireproof Gallery in Knoxville, TN will be opening its third showing of "Black and White" with a warehouse-style dance party from musical guests TEAMS, Fine Peduncle, Persona La Ave, Walsh, and DOLPHYNRYDYR. Lifted Lab artist, ZACH WIDGREN has been working non-stop on this space, adding to and altering it each week. Check out pix from the previous show, and you'll see why you need to come by this weekend.

Saturday, August 20th from 10:00 PM - LATE
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph Street
Knoxville, TN 37917

HAPPY WEEKEND, Y'ALL! See ya around town...

Black and White PIX + Re:Opening Dates

Over the weekend, Fireproof Gallery in Knoxville opened its second art show, "Black and White." The warehouse space was completely redone from the last show (check out pix from "Golden Doodle"), and gave hundreds of attendants a psychedelically dazzling black and white vortex of art to dive into. More art and installations from ZACH WIDGREN and fellow Fireproof artists will be added for the upcoming openings, which are listed below the photos.

 Katy Smith

Hand-sewn guns by Katie Moseley

Wall by Amanda McCall

Zach Widgren

Zach Widgren

Zach Widgren

Katy Smith

Record sculpture by David Grimes

Zach Widgren

"Black and White II" 
Opens on Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 PM
Live Music:Yung Life, Horquillas, Ghost of Machu Picchu, Dumb Lunch

Opens on Saturday, August 20th at 10:00 PM
Live music from: TEAMS, Fine Peduncle, Person La Ave, Walsh, and DOLPHYNRYDYR

Fire Proof Gallery
201 Randolph Street
Knoxville, TN 37917

Don't forget to wear black and white. 

Black and White

Fireproof Gallery in Downtown Knoxville will be opening its 2nd show this evening with new work from ZACH WIDGREN, Katy Smith, Amanda McCall, Preston Proffit, Dave Grimes, and other local artists. There will be a full lineup of local music as well, including Faux Ferocious, Hellbender, Peer Pressure, and Marina Orchestra. Come feast your ears and eyes tonight at the newest and most contemporary art space Knoxville has ever seen.

"Black and White"
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph St. Knoxille TN, 37917

Opening celebeation:
Saturday, August 5, 2011
7:00 PM - Late

Golden Doodle Art Auction

Tomorrow night, Fireproof Gallery will be auctioning off a selection of work from the "Golden Doodle" exhibition that has been running over the past couple of months. "We will be auctioning off about five pieces from each of the artists who were involved in the Golden Doodle show. This event will be an opportunity to purchase artwork from some of the up and coming artists in Knoxville and support the newest contemporary art gallery in the heart of your city. Come put your bid in!

There will also be older work in the gallery store from each of the artists. So if you cannot make it out this night or want artwork for a good price, check out the gallery store.

25% of the profit from the auctioned art will go toward helping the gallery expand and toward making our next show even better than the last."

Artists included in this auction are: Zach Widgren, Katy Smith, Amanda McCall, Preston Proffitt, and Michael Watson. 

201 Randolph Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
Auction: Friday, July 8, 2011

5:00p.m.-6:00p.m. - Chance to look over all pieces that will be in auction.
6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. - Auction will start promptly at 6 and end at 8.

See you there!

Infamous Knoxville Recap

Friday, June 3rd, Infamous JeanClaude returned to Knoxville for his second time for the opening of his art show, "Brainstorm Under My 59/50," at Swagger in Market Square of Downtown Knoxville. First Friday June was a big night in Knoxville! We had lots of community support, and a nice hip-hop vibe that we were able to maintain (big thanks to DJ Wigs!), while outside in the Square a Bob Dylan Birthday Bash had brought out a lot of folks. Infamous JeanClaude displayed new pieces for the show that communicated his creative processing, inspirations, and motivations. All the art will remain in Swagger for the month of June, so swing through and check it out in person if you haven't done so yet!

Confidence Vs. Hate Vs. Inspiration  24" x 30" [$275]

Brainstorm Cubes 1' x1' [$90/pair]

30" x 40" Heartache Hustle Movement [$500]

After the show wrapped up at Swagger, we took a trip down to the Fireproof Gallery to meet up with Zachary Widgren for some late night inspiration. This was Infamous JeanClaude's first time touring the new gallery space, and he dropped some of his brainstorm signatures in the creative cluster...

See more pix of Fireproof Gallery and it's current installation, "Golden Doodle," in our previous entry...

Golden Doodle REOPENED + Pix

This is the biggest, baddest art show that has ever happened in Knoxville, TN. It has been reopened the past two Saturdays with massive turnouts, and each week more installations have been added to it and tweeked. So even if you have been by to check it out, it will be worth your time to make another stop this Saturday. There will be six different bands playing, and a skate party as well. Cover is $5.00 this time to help fund the space and materials. Art work on the ceiling, floors, walls, and half-pipes by ZACHARY WIDGREN, Katy Smith, Preston Profit, David Grimes, Michael Watson, Tia Marie, Roxanne Shohadee, and more. Do not sleep on this!

Bands playing:
Chore Boys
Dumb Lunch
Fine Peduncle & Persona La Ave
The Mutations
Yung Life
Saturday, May 28th
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph Street, Knoxville, TN 37917
9:00 PM - LATE

Golden Doodle Preview Tonight

Fireproof Gallery in Knoxville, TN will be hosting another wonderful group show full of local art scene players including ZACH WIDGREN, Katy Smith, Preston Profit, and Shane Principle. "Golden Doodle" opens officially on May 14th, but will having a preview of the installations tonight for First Friday. Feel free to cruise through, BYOB, and catch sneak peak!

"Golden Doodle"
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

Preview opening: TONIGHT, Friday May 6 at 7:00 PM

Official opening: Saturday May 14 at 7:00 PM

Holladaze: Re-Opened

Brand-new art space, Fireproof Gallery, is located right next to the Old City in downtown Knoxville and had its first opening at this beginning of this month with a group show titled "Holladaze," which features work from Zach Widgren, Preston Proffitt, Katy Smith, Gribble, and other local visual artists.

It will be re-opened one last time beginning at 7:00 PM tonight, so make sure you don't miss out. The space is huge and filled with dope installations - including a quarter pipe built by Widgren. Come through!

Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph St NE
Knoxville, TN 37917
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM