James Tyler Blankenship, Megan Chunn & Amanda Sledge offer senior fine art & photography exhibitions
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film concludes its spring series of six BFA thesis shows when photography majors James Tyler Blankenship and Amanda Sledge and fine art major Megan Chunn stage their group exhibition, opening Thursday, May 3, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Their work will be on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus through May 12.
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.
James Tyler Blankenship, Huntsville, AL
BFA in Photography
wood, fabric, projector, found and recorded footage/sound
Projections is an exterior installation which translates the artist’s working memory into a visual experience. Viewers are invited to observe and sit with the work.
Megan Chunn, Winston-Salem, NC
BFA in Fine Art
Statement: I am a collector of trivial materials, but these objects often hold explicit associations and invaluable memories within their physical forms. By exploring the intricate novelties within the collected items, I seek to find connections between life and objects. The comparison between the environments created by nature and the architecture humans create comprises a major theme in the work: contrasting the organic and the artificial. This idea is evident in the process of the work’s construction: clarifying the uncontrolled in conjunction with the restricted patterns as a means to conjugate space. Thus, the residue of physical action is manifested within the pieces, as it becomes less ornamental and more metaphorical exploration.
Amanda Sledge, Nashville
BFA in Photography
Hey Mom, Is This Me?
The focus of Hey Mom, Is This Me? is the struggle to find individuality within family. Amanda Sledge investigates her family’s effect on her through pieces of her past including portraits, family photos, birthday cards, and old t-shirts. Presented in a slightly dramatic yet slightly humorous way, the show provokes the viewer to analyze his or her own family life, and what it means to assert individuality within a family whole.
The Watkins BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions series, celebrating the work of 13 graduating students in the Fine Art and Photography departments, kicked off March 23 in the Currey Gallery. Four shows with receptions were staged on campus and two in community locations.