Baroque Times, an exhibition of selected works by Watkins-affiliated artists Terry Thacker, Patrick DeGuira, Robert Grand, David King and William Stewart shows at Ground Floor Gallery on Friday, March 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Swapping themes of masculinity, work and pleasure across a dialectic of sensual desire and rugged utility, this collection investigates aspects of the historical Baroque, a time bolstered by ecclesiastical excess and emotionally saturated in self-glorification. Sacred and profane gestures of productivity and decadence invite exploration into such unlikely frontiers as belly button rings, motorcycle mayhem and the queer affects of baseball memorabilia.
Professor Thacker is a member of the Fine Art faculty, and DeGuira is a coordinator in the Office of Student LIfe. Grand is a senior Photography major, and King (senior) and Stewart (sophomore) are Fine Art majors.
The exhibition is curated by Stewart and Willard Tucker, visiting faculty in the Fine Art department..
Showings are available on Saturday, March 23, by appointment.
Ground Floor Gallery is located at 427 Chestnut Street.