About

Unrequited Leisure is an artist-run gallery in Nashville, Tennessee that focuses on emerging and mid-career artists that explore screen-based approaches to critical and topical investigations. Exhibitions in the gallery are programmed and organized by its members, Chalet Comellas Baker and Clinton Sleeper and the artworks presented are selected through a thematic curatorial framework.

We identify the significance of plurality and diverse voices and since opening in 2019, more than ninety percent of the artists shown at Unrequited Leisure are from historically underrepresented populations in contemporary art, and more than fifty percent are international artists, born outside of the US.

Exhibition Reviews


Best of Nashville 2021, Writer’s Choice, Best New Alternative Display: AIRspace at Unrequited Leisure
https://www.nashvillescene.com/bon/2021/arts-music-and-culture/writers-choice/air-space-at-unrequited-leisure/article_808950c6-27a1-11ec-a33e-6761cd1bc86f.html

Best of Nashville 2020, Nashville Scene, Laura Hutson Hunter, October 15, 2020. https://local.nashvillescene.com/publication/best-of-nashville/2020/arts-music-and-culture/best-online-exhibitions

What Good Are Galleries?, Nashville Scene, Laura Hutson Hunter, August 6, 2020. https://www.nashvillescene.com/arts-culture/article/21142288/what-good-are-galleries

Outstanding Exhibition of Video Art Arrives Right on Time, Nashville Scene, Laura Hutson Hunter, May 14, 2020. https://www.nashvillescene.com/arts-culture/article/21133019/an-outstanding-exhibition-of-video-art-arrives-right-on-time

“ILSSA: Creative Practice Call and Response,” Number: Inc., Patrick Vincent, September 2019. http://www.numberinc.org/ilssa-creative-practice-call-and-response/

Five Art Exhibitions to See Right Now, The Tennessean Newspaper, Melinda Baker, August 2019. https://www.tennessean.com/story/life/arts/2019/08/15/five-art-exhibitions-see-right-now-nashville/1998252001/

Past Exhibitions

You Need Help
October 2 – November 30
Lea Devon Sorrentino

The Play’s the Thing
August 7 – 31
Liz Clayton Scofield

Memory Work
June 5- July 31
Tiffany Joy Butler
Sareh Imani
Julie Yunhee Moon

Practice until you feel the language inside you
April 3 – May 31, 2021:
Solo Exhibition by Josephine Lee, Curated by Tanya Gayer

POST: Processing
January – March, 2021:
Mail Art Exhibitio

Adjusting the Lens: FEST!
December 3-6, 2020

Recreational Screaming League
November 3, 2020
Hosted by Kelly Hendrickson

Transcode
September 1 – October 31, 2020
Guest curated by Chelsea Thompto
Featuring works by micha cárdenas, Anaïs Duplan, Everest Pipkin, and Chris E. Vargas

What Could Happen
August 1 – 30, 2020
Guest Curated by Omari Booker and featuring works by Dorse Brown, Elisheba Israel Mrozic & Aaron Mrozic

JPEGS: Joint Photographic Experts Group Show
Jun 1- August 29 , 2020
An experimental online group exhibition at jpegs.space

Future-Framed Works
May 1 31st, 2020
An experimental group exhibition featuring Liat Berdugo, Gabriella Torres-Ferrer, Rebecca Forstater, and Bahareh Khoshooee

also tubes
Feb 1 Apr 28, 2020
A group exhibition by Faith Holland, Amay Kataria, Everest Pipkin, Jeff Thompson, Lee Tusman

Anxious To Make
Jan 1 – 31, 2020
The collaborative practice of Liat Berdugo and Emily Martinez

Terra Nullius
December 14 – 28, 2019
In the Project Space Christopher Kardambikis

Histrionics
December 3 – 28, 2019
A two-person exhibition with Eleanor Aldrich and Guen Montgomery

Adjusting the Lens
November 9 30, 2019
A traveling screening program of experimental video featuring Shelby Adams, McLean Fahnestock, Toby Kaufmann-Buhler, Wayne Robert Thomas, Ron Lambert, and Raquel Meyers

Critical Distance
November 2 30, 2019
A solo exhibition by Carolina Cleere

Re: Tracing and This is Madness: A Proof
October 5 27, 2019
Two solo exhibitions featuring Kelly Hider and Carolyn Henne

Third Voice
October 5, 2019 
Dance performance by New Dialect

ILSSA 
September 7 27, 2019 
A group exhibition of printed materials by ILSSA: Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts

Craig Drennen: Act IV Scene III,
August 3 – 31, 2019
A solo exhibition by Craig Drennen

Wears Weelsee Wen
July 1 28, 2019 
A solo exhibition of new works by Judy Rushin

Do-over
June 1 30, 2019: 
A group exhibition featuring Allana ClarkeCarrie FonderSteve GiassonMyriam Jacob-AllardJulie LequinKelly Lloyd, and Nathaniel Wong.
Organized by Didier Morelli, Arièle Dionne-Krosnick, Clinton Sleeper, and Chalet Comellas-Baker

PRINT + SYSTEMS + SOUND
May 4 30, 2019
A group exhibition featuring works by: Dan HallJohn C. KelleySam KingAbigail LucienElysia Mann

A Beautiful Mess
April 16 April 30, 2019
Karen Brooks with Chris Simpson, Jim DeVault

Experimental Everything
April 6, 2019 
Amy Bagwell, Federico Cuatlacuatl, Greg Pond, Liliya Zalevskaya, Peter Whittenberger, Christopher Kardambikis, David Sackett, Seether Bookstore, Colleen Itani

Between One Thing and Another
March 2 – March 30, 2019
A solo exhibition of works by Anne Stagg
First Saturday Opening, Mar 2, 6-10

Experimental Fim & Video Screening Series
February 28, 2019
A screening program featuring Julietta Cheung, Rah Eleh, George Jenne, Stephen Nachtigall, and Jordan Vinyard

Disagreeable Giver
Jan 3 – Jan 31, 2019
A solo exhibition by Marc Mitchell