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 eighty 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 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

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 Exhibition

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 and 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, 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.