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Crystal Petrina and Alexine Rioux Double Up for Thesis Shows Opening April 10

March 19, 2014

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers the second in a five-part series of BFA Thesis Exhibitions from the Departments of Fine Art and Photography, with work from Crystal Petrina and Alexine Rioux. The double show will open Thursday, April 10, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m, and remain on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus through April 20.

Crystal Petrina I, Reaper cardPetrina, a candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, explores human animals and non-human animals and their isonomy in death through video installation, sculpture, and performance in I, Reaper.

Rioux, a BFA in Fine Art degree candidate, presents oil painting and mono prints in Capillary Waves, an aesthetic investigation of the language of material that documents time through a residual process of addition and subtraction, erosion and decomposition.

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.

Crystal Petrina, Fayetteville, TNcrystalpetrina.comCrystal Petrina skulls
BFA in Photography
Show title: I, Reaper (video installation, sculpture, performance)

Crystal Petrina is a photographer who specializes in portraiture as well as video and sculpture. Initially pursuing graphic design, she became a deviating artist, majoring in photography at Watkins but incorporating other fields of study, including film, biology, fine art and music, into her work.

Crystal Petrina bird body

Statement: “The idea that we are separated by species is a human animal concept. Perhaps there are inequalities between species in life, but we are all the same in death. It is in death that I bathe in the idea of a union of all species. To fully immerse myself in this concept, I have fully immersed myself in death by collecting, preserving and articulating various animal parts for art and for study–ethically sourced and of course, all in honor of the animal that has met its unfortunate end.”


Alexine Rioux 006 Alexine Rioux, White House, TN
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: Capillary Waves (oil paintings, mono prints with drawing and/or polyester lithography)

A member of the Watkins-based art collective Co. H, Alexine Rioux has shown her work in several group exhibitions throughout Nashville. She has curated two recent student shows at WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery) and is preparing for Co. H’s upcoming video show.  A four-year Dean’s List student and 3rd place winner in the 2014 Currey juried show at Watkins, Rioux will serve an internship this summer at Zeitgeist Gallery under Lain York.

Statement: My work is an aesthetic investigation of the language of material that documents time through a residual process of addition and subtraction, erosion and decomposition.  The work describes a visual language derived and manipulated from observation, abstraction, and memory further distorted by the presence of the hand. Modes of working are considered as directly related to concepts of residual accumulation and excavation.  These processes describe a record of time through residue, memory, and a geological transitory space made specific by color relationships that remain ambiguous through subjective reading of each viewer.

Alexine Rioux 007 The Spring 2014 Watkins BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions kick off in the Currey Gallery March 27 Michael Taylor Cribbs, Michael Hampton and Sarah McDonald (through April 6), and continue April 24–May 4 with Christopher Creasy, Jordan Martin and Hannah Taylor; and May 8–18 with Amy Clutter, Samantha Carlson and Michelle Graham. Ray Palumbo and Chelsea Wright will present their show April 18 in an off-campus space.

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.


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