Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers a triple exhibition with work from Christopher Creasy, Jordan Martin and Hannah Taylor, opening Thursday, April 24 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This fourth installment in the BFA Thesis Exhibitions Series from the Watkins Fine Art and Photography departments will be on view through May 4.
Creasy, a candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, presents Don’t Touch the Remote, with works of video art and sculpture exploring family dynamics and media addiction.
Martin, a BFA in Fine Art degree candidate, stages Gathered Movements, a series of works that investigates patterns and structures in nature through the use of drawings, etchings and sound.
A painter who also works in mixed media work and sculpture, Fine Art major Taylor stages ALL THE MEAT IS TURKEY BUT MY THESIS EXHIBITION TITLE IS CHEW ON A STICK. Interested in perception of space and ideas of constructed versus found, she creates compositions that relate to architectural space and that have relationships to the body.
The exhibitions and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615.383.4848.
Christopher Creasy, Olive Branch, MS
BFA in Photography
Show title: Don’t Touch the Remote (video art, sculpture)
Christopher Creasy grew up outside of Memphis in Olive Branch, MS, where he discovered the curiosities of photography. When photographing he strives to create a narrative within his images, whether in documentary, commercial or fine art fields. He has worked in reportage and portraiture photography and recently began experimenting with mixed media sculptures and video art to address themes of family and media, particularly the idea of replacing ideals of family with fictional character from TV and movies.
Before transferring to Watkins, he attended Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he won “Best News Spot Photograph” in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s student division.
Jordan Martin, Nashville
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: Gathered Movements (graphite, charcoal, ink, wood, copper etchings, sound recordings, process art)
An artist who specializes in drawing and printmaking, Jordan Martin reveals patterns and structures in nature through process art and sound, investigating mark-making as the product of an idea that has been put into action.
Hannah Taylor, Vancouver, WA • hannahelainetaylor.com
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: ALL THE MEAT IS TURKEY BUT MY THESIS EXHIBITION TITLE IS CHEW ON A STICK (painting, sculpture, video)
Hannah Taylor works primarily as a painter, which often extends to mixed media work and sculpture. Interested in perception of space and ideas of constructed versus found, her work subjectifies physical space through an investigation of forms both fabricated and gestural. Experimenting with unconventional mark making and playful interaction with objects, she creates compositions that relate to architectural space and that have relationships to the body.
In her thesis work, Taylor navigates patterns and reactions in personal and public environments. By focusing on the physical and sensational aesthetic of objects, marks and space, she constructs poetic narratives via conditions of indexicality to provoke feelings of fear, longing, detachment, and familiarity in the viewer.
She has participated in exhibitions in Nashville at Ground Floor Gallery (Girls! Girls! Girls! and It’s Hot in a Dog’s Head), ZieherSmith pop-up at ICON Nashville (Backstock), Cummins Station, the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery and WAG.
The rest of the five-part Spring 2014 Watkins BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions series includes Michael Taylor Cribbs, Michael Hampton and Sarah McDonald, March 27–April 6; Crystal Petrina and Alexine Rioux, April 10–20; Ray Palumbo and Chelsea Wright, April 18 (off-campus at Fort Houston); and Amy Clutter, Samantha Carlson and Michelle Graham, May 8–18.
Regular Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.