Watkins College of Art, Design & Film continues its BFA Thesis Exhibitions 2016 with a triple offering from david onri anderson, Andrew Cox, and Christopher Strachan, the third in a five-part series from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography. The senior thesis projects – anderson’s What’s In My Soup?, Cox’s Looking Glass and Strachan’s Through Milk and Oil – will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on Thursday, April 7, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and remain on display through April 17.
david onri anderson, Nashville • davidonri.tumblr.com
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: What’s In My Soup? (found material and paint)
Nashville native david onri anderson is an interdisciplinary artist who creates paintings that involve minute detail, vibrant material play, off-centered logic, and chance-based compositions that seek to create openness in the viewer’s experience. His work has been shown extensively in Nashville as well as in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Alabama. He took top honors at Watkins’ Currey Juried Student Show 2015 (the Anny Gowa Purchase Award) and provided the cover artwork for Number magazine’s November 2015 issue.
What’s In My Soup? is a show about navigating material, questioning the hierarchies of everyday living, and swimming in puddles of lost and found imagery. Most of the work revolves around the idea and tradition of painting, while at the same time reassessing the conventions and traditional modes of painting by using found artist’s material, vibrant trash, peeled food matter, and collaged imagery from junk mail. The works reflect visions of material narrative and object-specific investigations that re-invent the familiarity of material that is easily disposed of and re-used.
Andrew Cox, Knoxville, TN • drewcoxphoto.com
BFA in Photography
Show title: Looking Glass (inkjet photographs, sound elements)
A photographer who specializes in portraiture, Andrew Cox focuses his exploration of identity through portraits of strangers and acquaintances. He uses the portraits as a looking glass, or mirror, to analyze himself. In each photograph there is an element of disarray to question the authenticity of the perception. His work has been published in Nashville Arts Magazine and The Nashville Scene.
Christopher Strachan, Decatur, GA • cargocollective.com/cstrachan
BFA in Fine Art
Through Milk and Oil (film, looping videos, soundscapes)
Christopher Strachan is a visual and auditory artist whose current focus is in CGI imagery and sound. Through thought experimentation and quasi-narratives, his work explores the limits of individuality from both psychological and technological perspectives. Issues of globalization and cyberization also influence his work and come together to create an atmosphere of introspection as he poses the question “Where does the ‘you’ that is you begin.”
Strachan’s film Through Milk and Oil (20 min.) will be screened in the Watkins Theater on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m., with an artist talk/Q&A following. During the Thursday, April 7 opening, the film will be shown in the theater at the following times: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.
The triple exhibition is free and the public is invited.
Additional participants in this Fine Art and Photography thesis series are Mackenzie Maroney and Cassi Wright, March 24-April 3; Joseph Newsome, April 7 (in the Watkins lighting studio); Lily Adcock, Upreyl Mitchell and Sophia Alana Stevenson, April 21-May 1; and Mali Hamilton, Aaron Harper and Rebecca Lindley, May 5-15. The shows will be on view in Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus.