52 hz Whale

July 12 - August 11th
Thurs - Fri: 3 - 7 PM, Sat: 12 -7, Sun: 12 - 5
1265 e 13th Street, 37408

Opening NIght: July 12, 6-9 PM

Mia Liana Garcia

Mia Liana Garcia

Traveling up and down the California coast, sometimes within earshot of biologists’ instruments, but equally as often not, swims a mysterious mammal. The 52 Hertz Whale is a peculiar creature; it is an anomaly plopped down across the taxonomic framework established by human experts. Whales, all whales, call into the depths at low frequencies, somewhere between 10 and 39 hertz. Their calls alert them to the presence of food, aid in defining their spatial surroundings, and enable communication between individuals and groups. But this whale and its song are different. The 52 Hertz Whale produces its idiosyncratic namesake tones out there beneath the waves, but it travels alone and presumably has only the ocean itself as audience.

Admittedly, this behavior is not the norm but its interpretation by experts underscores the human tendency to pathologize difference. Scientists speculate, due to its unorthodox song, that the whale could be malformed or suffering from some other morphological aberration. Maybe though, the experts have it all wrong. Maybe it intentionally avoids the information-seins of those scientists, maybe its shadowy-ness is by design, maybe the 52 Hertz Whale isn’t lonely at all, and maybe, just maybe, the 52 Hertz Whale just prefers being the 52 Hertz Whale.

participating artists

Bethany Springer, Brianna Rigg, Christine Rebhuhn, Christy Singleton, Hannah Walsh, Kayla Green, Mia Liana Garcia, Mika Agari, Sara-Anne Waggoner, Skye Gilkerson, SLINKO, Stephanie Loggans, Vabianna Santos

C for Courtside

52 Hertz Whale will be traveling to C For Courtside in Knoxville after it closes in Chattanooga. The show in Knoxville will run from August 23rd - September 27th with an official opening September 6th.

C for Courtside is an artist-run curatorial project space located just north of downtown Knoxville. Founded in the fall of 2017 with the intentions of facilitating multiple creative activities, the Directors (Eleanor Aldrich, Joshua Bienko, Eric Cagley, Lynne Ghenov, John Powers) will work to add to the exciting artistic development and momentum already at foot in the Southeast. In addition to exhibitions, C for Courtside will host artist lectures and guest speakers, live performances, pop-up shows, experimental theatre, justice seeking organizations in need of a place to meet, and other situationist aligned activities. Each endeavor will aim to extend the space of the gallery beyond its physical limitations, while fostering a community based in and on the exigencies of art-making. The launch and operation of the space has been made possible in part by the support of an Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant.

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Previous Exhibitions

About Land and Sea

While we wait to our permanent location to open, we’ve launched a satellite exhibition series in August 2018 - Summer 2019. LAND AND SEA, in partnership with art organizations and curators from across the South, will comprise five separate exhibitions. Each with regular, related programming that is carefully designed to draw out different aspects of each show, extending meaning and relationships not only into other realms of art but also out of the gallery and into the world

Future Program and Facilities (2019)

Stove Works will provide space and supporting services for exhibitions of contemporary art open to the public. We'll offer several exhibitions per year, free to the public, where works of promising artists are displayed; Introducing material that inspires engagement, imagination, intellectual vulnerability, and exchange is central to our activities.

The exhibition space will present an inclusive environment where outreach and education are primary concerns. This dynamic approach will enable Stove Works, residents of Chattanooga, and the region to grow as a thoughtful, inquisitive, and empathic community. 

The main/formal exhibition space will be used for longer term exhibitions. After selection, artists are invited for install and are required to provide one public lecture and do studio visits with the visiting artists. The Project Space is a flexible exhibition space for short term programming intended to showcase the works of selected visiting artists and selected works by artists within the larger Chattanooga community.

All exhibitions and related programing are free of charge. Stove Works will not engage in the sale of art nor earn commission for sale of a work that has been exhibited at Stove Works; We seek to feature artists trying to tackle complex issues regardless of commercial viability and popularity of their work.