Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers work from Samantha Carlson, Amy Clutter and Michele Graham in the mixed media show Communion of Selves, opening Thursday, May 8 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This fifth and final installment in the BFA Thesis Exhibition Series from the Watkins Fine Art and Photography departments will be on view through May 18.
Carlson, a candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, presents her individually titled show The Psychic Intercourse of Social Reality, with works of photography, video, and printmaking that explore the human imperative for connection and how it is affected by and reflected in the modern world.
Clutter, a BFA in Fine Art degree candidate with an interest in film production design, stages Extractions of Faraway Nearby, a mixed media show investigating psychological spaces.
Fine Art major Graham incorporates painting, text-based art and folded paper forms into Sixty Four Thousand Five Hundred and Twelve, an investigation of habitual behavior through process, repetition and futility, with focus on the action of the artist and duration.
The group exhibition Communion of Selves 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.
Group show: Communion of Selves
Statement: The group show title comes from a conceptual thread that runs through all of our work: the theme of self. In contemporary art, the use of the self as subject matter is oftentimes considered taboo or self-indulgent; however, through this exhibit we assert that while the self refers to individual experience, it also has the capacity to encompass much larger discourse. Our work contends that the self is the most universal.
Samantha Carlson, Atlanta, GA
BFA in Photography
Show title: The Psychic Intercourse of Social Reality (performance, photography, video and printmaking)
Born in Chicago, Samantha Carlson grew up in Atlanta and has lived in Nashville since 2009. A photographer who specializes in performance, video, and printmaking, she is also involved in curatorial practices. She has exhibited in both Atlanta and Nashville (WAG, Chestnut Square Building, Cummins Station, Little Hamilton Collective, among others). She received Honorable Mention at the 2013 Currey Juried Student Show at Watkins, and a Photography Department Merit Scholarship.
Statement: This body of work explores the function of art as a form of language within the whole enterprise of human connection. The work contemplates issues of social relations made subjective and affected by different forms of communication, culture, the brain, psychology, and sociology. The work also addresses the human imperative for connection and networks through the development of different modes of language and the process of discovering of self-identity and how it is affected by and reflected in the modern world. By focusing on the abjection of the body, the work not only manifests my own subjective experience of interpersonal relations, but also acknowledges the lesser discussed painful, invasive, and abstract facets of connection and disconnection. Each piece is a manifestation of the psychic intercourse of my own social reality.
Amy Clutter, East Liverpool, OH
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: Extractions of Faraway Nearby (sculpture, installation, drawing, sound)
A native of East Liverpool, in eastern Ohio near the Pennsylvania and West Virginia borders, Amy Clutter moved to Nashville in 2009. Her drawing “In Between” took honorable mention in the 2013 Currey Juried Student Show. Her work in production design includes Candi Carpenter’s music video “You And Tom Petty” and the short film “Abilene” by alumna Justine Feldt (’13). She was assistant in the art department on Dolly Parton’s music video “Home,” to be released this May.
Statement: This body of work investigates the psychological spaces that are created and perceived in our minds, and how the architecture of these psychic spaces shift when situated within the architecture of preexisting sites.
Michele Graham, Madison, AL
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: Sixty Four Thousand Five Hundred and Twelve (painting, text-based art, and paper folding)
Born in Huntsville, Alabama, Michele Graham been attached to an artistic lifestyle since early childhood on. She began primarily as a portrait painter, moving into more abstract ways of working in college career. She has experimented with a variety of art practices and styles over the years, from standard painting to folded paper.
Statement: This body of work investigates habitual behavior through process, repetition, and futility, setting it up as practice of dedication to a singular thing. In this mode the aesthetic outcome of the work is less significant, and more focused on the action of the artist and duration.
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 Christopher Creasy, Jordan Martin and Hannah Taylor, April 24–May 4.
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.