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Joseph Newsome Debuts BFA Show “Cope” on April 7

April 4, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s Spring 2016 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition series continues with a solo show opening Thursday, April 7, by BFA in Photography degree candidate Joseph Newsome: Cope, a fractal memory installation confronting childhood sexual abuse. The second installment of five shows from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography, Cope will be staged one night only, April  from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the Photography department’s lighting studio. This show runs concurrently with the opening reception for a triple exhibition from David Anderson, Andrew Cox and Christopher Strachan in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

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Joseph Newsome
, Calhoun County, FL • jnewsomefineart.com
BFA in Photography
Show title: Cope (installation and sculpture)

Cope is a large-scale memory installation comprised of fractal architecture, objects, and performance. The work serves as a mediator for the conversation about male childhood sexual abuse and mental health issues related to those experiences. The space itself exists in the construct of a large white “cube,” with a hallway entrance and two rooms.

“By re-fabricating architecture and objects from childhood memories, I create a physical catharsis. Dealing with a history of sexual abuse and trauma is difficult but I think it is important for people to find solace in the chaos of darkness. There is always hope; it is just locked away deep in our minds. This installation is an attempt to help myself and others who may be struggling to find their way there.”

For more information on Cope, including blueprints and renderings, visit jnewsomefineart.com/cope.

Joining Newsome in this spring Fine Art and Photography thesis series are Mackenzie Maroney and Cassi Wright, March 24-April 3; david onri anderson, Andrew Cox and Christopher Strachan, April 7-17; Lily Adcock, Upreyl Mitchell and Sophia Alana Stevenson, April 21-May 1; and Mali Hamilton, Aaron Harper and Rebecca Lindley, May 5-15. These four shows will be on view in Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus. All series exhibitions and receptions are free.

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