Faculty Show Welcomes 'Monsters, Prophets, Sinners & Tourists'
Opening reception is September 5 in Currey Gallery
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Monsters, Prophets, Sinners & Tourists, a mixed media exhibition featuring work from faculty artists Kristi Hargrove, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Christine Rogers and Terry Thacker, from September 5–27 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.
The exhibit’s opening reception, from 5:30 to 8 p.m on Thursday, September 5, is free and open to the public.
Fine Art department chair Kristi Hargrove will present a collection of work across disciplines, from the series “Playing with the Pause.” Her studio practice is primarily drawing, but includes investigations into other media such as photography, sculpture and installation. Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Vermont College of Fine Art, Hargrove’s work has been shown in numerous juried shows and invitational exhibitions across the country; last summer, her detailed pencil drawings were on display in the Frist Center’s Metamorphoses exhibition. Hargrove is a member of the Nashville artist collective, Coop, a curatorial group committed to expanding the city’s dialogue with contemporary art by presenting challenging, new or under-represented artists and artworks in the community.
Statement: The idea of “criticality” for the purposes of Playing With the Pause comes from the literature of crystal formations and avalanches—systems poised on the brink, capable of instantaneous transformation. The images are considered as “equations” that explore systems that are poised to tip, to be almost instantly and completely transformed. This work softly explores collective patterns of behavior and the relevance of the pause as the necessary mediator between two states of being.
Morgan Higby-Flowers, who joined the Watkins Fine Art department this semester as assistant professor, is exhibiting a single channel video entitled “Timonds are [not] Forever,” captured in realtime via a self-contained analog system using a Sandin Image Processor, video mixer, camera and CRT television. He graduated with an MFA from the Electronic Integrated Arts program, NYSCC at Alfred University (Alfred, NY) and with a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and has served as visiting faculty at Austin Peay State University and Ball State University (Muncie, IN). His work has been performed and exhibited extensively in Chicago and New York as well as in Mexico City, Barcelona and Cairo.
Statement: My interests circulate around particular areas of the New Media Art spectrum, specifically work that incorporates discarded technologies. My aesthetic sensibility tends to pursue encounters with wonderment, combining visual representations with new deformations. I use antiquated video technology to create realtime systems that produce their own inherent visual and audial elements. Analog technology is inherently more immediate than digital. I disregard render times and embrace real time approaches that create new and informed back leaps forward.
“Using video feedback Morgan Higby-Flowers fractures and reconfigures experiences of time, creating a re-visitable vortex bonded by his perspective of choice (in which the past shapes the future).”
– Rosa Menkman, author of Glitch Moment/um
A project based artist who works primarily in photography and video, Christine Rogers – who joined Watkins this semester as assistant professor, Photography – will exhibit selected photographs from a larger body of work entitled The Switzerland of India, taken during her recent travels as a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar and artist-in-residence at 1 Shanthi Road Gallery in Bangalore, India (where the show was originally presented).Holder of an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a BA in Anthropology from Oberlin College, she most recently taught photography and digital imaging at Wellesley College and participated in exhibitions in New York City, Boston and Santiago, Chile.
This project looks at the history, use and function of the hill stations of India, which promote themselves to domestic tourists with the sobriquet t”he Switzerland of India.” Within this conceptual space the idea of a landscape and its memory of Bollywood cinema is described and the intersection of reality and fantasy is explored.
Check out this 8/19 interview with Christine in the The Hindi
An artist and educator for more than 25 years, Fine Art department Professor Terry Thacker will present oil paintings from his series Monsters, Prophets and Sinners. Thacker has shown in numerous national and regional exhibitions including at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Brooks Museum, Hunter Museum, Dulin Gallery and Cheekwood, as well as solo installations at Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, Murray State University, Alexandria Museum, and the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art. Also active as a lecturer and reviewer, Thacker has written for Art Papers, lectured at the Southeastern College Art Association, and spoken at the Frist Center. He holds degrees in Studio Art from the University of Tennesse (MFA) and Austin Peay State University (BFA) and has studed at Long Island University and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Statement: Mannerisms, decoration, illusionism, allegorical impulses, eroticism and formal eccentricities wound Greenbreg’s Modernism, but they also restore certain conditions that were always latent in Modernist painting and necessary for living today. As with any substantial conversation within history, painting attempts to recover from its past useful propositions and jettison failed ones. In particular, I am interested in the indulgent caprices of Baroque and Rococo painting and the role that those sensibilities played in the creation of a modern society in pursuit of Liberty, Equality and Justice. Consequently, I am considering the practices of Walter Benjamin, Florine Stettheimer, Ree Morton, Forest Bess and others who were fully aware of the warp and weft of Modernism and yet were committed to the modification of its fabric. Monsters, Prophets and Sinners suggests hybrid characters and mythologies colliding and colluding within a late Modern allegory. Monsters, Prophets and Sinners suggests hybrid characters and mythologies colliding and colluding within a late Modern allegory.
Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter. Free parking is available in the campus lot.