Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Seven Types of Play, an exhibition of works in various media from students in the Co. H art collective, at its downtown gallery WAG during the April 5 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.
The show’s concept was guided by notion of “play,” specifically through the National Institute for Play’s delineation of seven distinct types: Attunement, Body, Object, Social, Imaginative, Narrative and Transformative. With each artist creating within one type of play, rules operated in place of theme as a structuring element and built continuity through the very act of making.
The seven participating artists, all council members of Co. H, are:
- Mika Agari (Fine Art), object play
- David Anderson (Fine Art), transformative play
- Aaron Harper (Fine Art), imaginative play
- Blake Holland (The Film School), narrative play
- Zack Rafuls (Fine Art), attunement play
- Alexine Rioux (Fine Art), body play
- Kayla Saito (Fine Art), social play.
Work will include drawing, painting, video, digital prints, sculpture, performance and social practice.
Pictured at top: Blake Holland, “Pixel-Eyes” (digital print)
“Play is an idea that comes up in conversations about making in class and studios all the time, and it seems to be important to all of our practices in some way,” said Zack Rafuls. “So when we came across the National Institute for Play’s seven definitions – and there were seven of us – we thought it was a perfect structuring basis for the show.”
WAG – an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery – is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.
WAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues. For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.
About Co. H
A collective of artists from various disciplines of the visual arts, Co. H provides opportunities for both students and professionals pursuing and/or working in the arts. Founded at Watkins in 2011, Co. H activity includes hosting lecture by artists and art professionals, holding studio critiques and collaborating on multi-disciplinary performances within the community. Visit http://companyh.tumblr.com
The Watkins Arcade Gallery is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of the College by encouraging students to think independently and creatively about their art practice and role as critical thinkers within the cultural landscape. The venue presents shows year-round featuring work by Watkins students, alumni and other professional artists. For inquiries, contact WAG@watkins.edu. WAG is the second Watkins-run gallery space, joining the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, the primary exhibiting space on the College’s campus in Metro Center.
About The National Institute for Play
The National Institute for Play believes that as play is woven into the fabric of social practices, we will dramatically transform our personal health, our relationships, the education we provide our children and the capacity of our corporations to innovate. Visit nifplay.org.