Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the 2016 student summer show Don’t Drink the Milk, a mixed-media group show from Co. H and Friends, now through July 21 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.
A closing reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 21.
Curated by members of the Watkins collective Co. H, Don’t Drink the Milk explores forms of communication and language. This body of work uses the structure of the gallery to demonstrate ways in which art works can simulate language. A prescribed format for a gallery is similar to the construction of a good fiction novel, or an informational document. These pre-existing frameworks in forms of communication are not employed as rigid guidelines, but templates for a new understanding each time. As fallible as language is, Don’t Drink the Milk speaks differently to every viewer, as personal experience and historical reference offer numerous routes for interpretation.
The nine featured artists are:
Stevie Bailey (photography)
Kevin Dietz (screen print, drawing)
Holden Head (hydrographic)
Tristan Higginbotham (photography)
Corrina Joyner (mixed media)
Kay Kennedy (mixed media)
Micah Mathewson (mixed media)
Carly Piccione (painting)
Rafer White (painting)
Don’t Drink the Milk is comprised of 16 pieces from Co. H council members, collaborators and studio mates in order to present a survey of some of the best work from Watkins students. Featuring current students and recent graduates from the Art, Fine Art and Photography departments, Don’t Drink the Milk showcases work across several disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and printmaking.
The show title is referent to a phrase from an Our Gang comedy short in which the Little Rascals whisper, “Don’t drink the milk; it’s spoiled!” down the line, similarly to the telephone game, in which repetition can cause misinterpretation and loss or alteration of meaning. This transformation from the original message and meaning through time and individuals’ personal understandinga feels similar to methods of trying to “understand” an art exhibition, but ultimately, meaning is interpreted different to each viewer.