Barcade Anniversary & Widgren Art Show

 TONIGHT the Fort Sanders Yacht Club, AKA the beloved Barcade, will be having their four year anniversary party! It's hard to believe four year have passed already since this hole in the wall opened up and become our favorite place to have a low-key beer. The FSYC is still a secret to some, many people have no idea this dive bar lined with 25¢ throwback arcade games exists. 

Widgren at the Barcade in 2009

Zach Widgren is part of the OG Yacht Club Crew, and has helped them line their walls with local artists' work each month for First Friday. This has been a home base for Zach's art, too. It only seems appropriate for him to be displaying his work during the anniversary party. Alongside his paintings, local lovelies Katy Smith and Katie Moseley will be hanging their work as well. 

Zach has stated this will be his last art show in Knoxville for now, as he wishes to focus entirely on his new project and book, By The Way The Bird Flies. In just a few days, he'll be relocating to New Orleans, so make sure you swing through to send him off and show him some love! Through his many art shows, events, and founding the almighty Fireproof Gallery, Zach has really helped the art scene evolve in Knoxville. Cheers, Widgren!

The Barcade rules. They have around 70 different beers, bottles and draft. There is a secret special from 4pm-midnight, and they will be screen printing shirts for their loyal deckhands and shipmates. Bring it!

721 17th Street Knoxville, TN 37916
4 Year Anniversary Party
Friday, March 2, 2012

Sunday Morning's First Friday

Sunday Morning LTD Edition Paper Craft Toy
For the First Friday of 2012, Sunday Morning joined us at Swagger in downtown Knoxville, TN to show his art and spin some of his tunes. DJ Wigs was also on the decks as our First Friday resident selector and mix master. Sunday Morning has been working on instrumentals for a few years, playing some shows around the Southeast and his homebase in South Carolina. Recently, he has been exploring other creative outlets such as painting, collage making, and even sewing.

 Sunday Morning Dropping Anthems
His open-to-interpretation symbolic collages are inspired by world culture and built with layers of vintage National Geographic clippings. It all started when Sunday Morning came up on an archive of Nat Geo issues and was inspired to make something from this treasure trove of fine photography. He doesn't start his pieces with a planned idea, rather working intuitively and realizing the meaning and stories weaved into the pieces after they are completed.



In addition to his collages, Sunday also brought up some particle boards he made into portraits of some familiar Adult Swim characters.

This was the first public showing of his work, and it brought out old and young art crawlers of Knoxville and other cities for the opening party at Swagger. People found the work interesting to dissect, and fun to look at. Prints of the works were available in limited numbers, and a few were sold old by the end of the night.

"Africa Phone Home"

"Secret Garden"
 And just to show us what he might have coming up next, there were some custom paper craft toys made for this show. Sunday Morning has future aspirations of crafting a vinyl toy series, and is currently experimenting with characters and classic cut-and-fold/paper doll style toys. His first round includes a mini-Sunday Morning rocking his silver mask and toting accessories such as his records, spray paint, and MPC.

Sunday Morning will be launching his brand new site, this SUNDAY! Be on the lookout and stay up on his site for links to his Bandcamp, Flickr, Blog, Youtube, etc.

BIG thank you  to DJ Wigs, Kaitlyn of Swagger, Tabitha, and Drew.

George Supporting LL as Always
"Feliz Navidad, Madre"

Joe T and Beauty

Mr. Weininger Mean Muggin'
Wigs, Sunday Morning, and Motley Friends

Fresh Prints!
Original Collages

DJ Wigs Checking Out The Paper Craft Toy Pieces

First Friday of 2012

"Lifted Lab"

We've got a special audio+visual showcase coming for the First Friday of 2012 with our guest artist and selector, Sunday Morning. Hailing from Columbia, SC, this dude has been making underground waves with his music blog, Chuuch, and recent crafty cuts. We're excited to see what he chooses to spin for us from his personal production archives and funky beat collection. 


"Ancient Cipher"

Sunday Morning has also been making some vintage style wheat paste pieces, which he will be bringing up to display for the month of January.  This will be the first showing of his art work ever, and we're stoked to be helping make that happen. 

Also, he just announced that he is working on 20 coloring books for the opening, which will make a nice lil' souvenir for y'all that come through! These coloring books also feature exclusive Sunday Morning x Lifted Lab paper craft toys.

So, it's official! Come on out, Knoxville...and celebrate the start of 2012 with some fresh sights and sounds! 

DJ Wigs will also be holding us down as always as the resident First Friday DJ- much love to you! Happy New Year to all!

First Friday with SUNDAY MORNING
32 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902
January 6, 2012
7pm - 11pm

These Funky Masks

Some lucky students at Bearden Middle School in Knoxville, TN have been learning about the different artists in Lifted Lab in their art classes. They've seen presentations about how Bigfoot, Infamous JeanClaude, Widgren, Grifter, Lifter Baron, and Berk have used their creativity to travel, make money, and collaborate with others.

This Fall, students have also been learning about different artists such as Kandinksy, Keith Haring, and Shepard Fairey thanks to their teacher, NYC-nativeMichael Weininger, who is obviously lacing these kids with some relevant, contemporary art knowledge.

 In addition to specific artists, the youngins got some lessons on how art reflects culture and how people in different places live. After getting some insight about how art can speak about any individual's personal experience and place in the world, they were given the assignment to create a mask out of layers of colored paper (à la mini AJ Fosiks) that represents a specific culture.
"Art students at BMS made these funky masks. They reflect various cultures all over the world. This is because we learned in class that many different cultures all over the world have masks of some sort. BMS has one of the most diverse student populations in East Tennessee, so perhaps the variety of influences in the masks reflects this.”
 For November’s First Friday, we will host an art show at Swagger in Market Square with a selection of the students’ masks. This art opening will be accompanied by a live music from DJ Wigs and refreshments. This event will give students the experience of exhibiting their work just as established artists do, interacting with their local community, and celebrating their creativity.

The art will remain on display until December 1, 2011.

November 4 - December 1, 2011
32 Market Square, Knoxville TN
Opening reception: Friday, November 4 from 6:30 - 9:00 PM

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...

Infamous JeanClaude Returns to Knoxville

We are very excited to be bringing Infamous JeanClaude back for his second show in Knoxville, TN. Last time, we had a great turn out at Aisle 9 in the Old City...the cops even tried to shut our party down because there were so many people in the space (we won, though...). Come check out all NEW work this Friday, June 3, for First Friday at Swagger. DJ Wigs will be spinning some vinyl, Swagger will have some great sneaker deals going on, and there will be some dank refreshments as well. Infamous JeanClaude will be in the house for the opening! Stop in and say hello!

"Brainstorm Under My 59/50"
Opening Reception: Friday June 3, 2011 from 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
32 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

If you can't make it opening night for some reason, the art will be up on display and for sale all month long.

Aisle 9 One Year Anniversary

Knoxville is growing up! Aisle 9 opened its doors one year ago in the Old City as the only grocery/convenience store downtown. This spot also functions as an art space, and has been hosting First Friday openings for artists who display art for each month. ZACH WIDGREN had the first art show ever here last year, before the store was actually even open. Aisle Nine was basically empty, and Zach's art was hanging in the refrigerator coolers.

And now, things have come full circle: Aisle Nine is one of THREE grocery stores downtown these days (big ups to community legend John Haas for starting the trend). They are celebrating this week with lots of specials on beer, cheese, and other delicious things. Mr. Widgren will also be celebrating by having another art show there for June's First Friday. Free keg while it lasts!

112 South Central Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902
1 Year Anniversary Zach Widgren Art Show
June 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM - ??

First Friday Knoxville: Zach Widgren

Zach Widgren pretty much runs the contemporary Knoxville art scene these days...from our perspective, at least! For December's First Friday, you'll have three different opportunities to peep new and old works from Zach, as well as the premier opening of a gallery space he has helped to start.

Fireproof Gallery is a large art space created on one of the levels within the historic Fireproof Storage Building in downtown Knoxville. "Holladaze" will be the first show, which opens Friday, December 3, and will feature art from Zach, Katy Smith, Preston Proffit, John Bagby, Shane Principle, Sonja Foard, Derek Whitlock, Mary Ward, Gribble, Drizzle, and more! This should be an exciting first event, and we're really looking forward to the many art AND music happenings to come.

So, here's the Zach Widgren lineup for December First Friday in Knoxville:

"Holladaze" group show  
Fireproof Gallery
7:00 - 11:00 PM
201 Randolph Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

"Double Ram, Extra Swag" solo show
6:00 - 11:00 PM
32 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

"Coffee Talk" solo show
Coffee and Chocolate
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
327 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902


Bigfoot has been in the studio working hard a small painting for a group show in Portland at the Grass Hut gallery. The show is called "Balls Out" and will feature work from a ton of dope artists in addition to Bigfoot such as: Amanda Visell, Buff Monster, Cody Hudson, Dalek, Tim Biskup, and around 20 others. WOW! Not to be missed if you are up in the Northwest!!!


If you are in the Atlanta area this weekend, don't miss this small group show at Aurora Coffee Shop in Little Five Points. "The Wonderful World Of" will feature art from Infamous JeanClaude, Sean Fahie, and other artists from the Southeast.

"An art show that presents the world as it is from an artist perspective. What's the point you may ask? well because we live in a wonderful world full of different points of views, some we may or may not agree with. But instead of basing you judgments on what you've heard on CNN or Fox news or any "reputable/creditable" news source we would want to inform the viewer in getting to know an individual first, you can come to a more informed idea of who that person is, what truly represents them, and how that effects how they see others. With that being said. Each artist involved in the show is giving their view of what their wonderful world represents."