The Shadow’s Body: Painting’s Allegorical Impulse

August 30, 2017 – September 29, 2017 all-day

The Shadow’s Body: Painting’s Allegorical Impulse is an exhibition of eight local
painters attempting to give their ephemeral, storied experiences physical and social
bodies. They are critically aware of painting’s discursive conditions; consequentially, they
manifest various impulses that were exiled from modern painting throughout its
triumphal history such as allegory, mannerism, decoration, illusionism, eroticism, and
formal eccentricities. These painters recognize these conditions as latent in Modernism
and restore them, recovering a future for painting from the ruins of its past.

Participating Artists: Ron Buffington, Paul Collins, Patrick DeGuira, Brady Haston,
James Perrin, Karen Seapker, Kelly Williams, and Lain York

Curated by Watkins College of Art faculty member, Terry Thacker

Reception, Thursday, September 14, 5:00-6:30 PM followed by a panel

Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Tom Williams, professor of art history, Watkins College of Art
Terry Thacker, professor of studio art, Watkins College of Art