Thesis Exhibition Series Continues with Drew Claiborne Nov.15
Painter examines society’s relationship with violent spectacle in ‘Aggressive Negotiations’
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Aggressive Negotiations, the senior thesis exhibition by BFA in Fine Art candidate Drew Claiborne, from November 15-19 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.
Claiborne specializes in an aggressive style of oil and acrylic painting, and the exhibition examines society’s relationship with violent spectacle through painting, drawings, video and installation work. Aggressive Negotiations will open with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, and remain on view through Nov. 19.
The exhibition and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615.383.4848.
Drew Claiborne • www.facebook.com/DrewClaiborne
BFA in Fine Art, with emphasis in painting
Show title: Aggressive Negotiations (paintings, drawings, installation, video)
A native of Nashville, Drew Claiborne is a founding council member of Co. H, the Watkins artist collective. His work has been seen in group exhibitions by Co. H, in the special topics class show The Spectacle of Society, and in the annual Currey Juried Student shows, and he currently has pieces on display at Cummins Station and the Tennessee Art League. Claiborne’s heavy-handed style of painting creates an unusual tension that brings a unique sensibility to his work.
Aggressive Negotiations is composed of a series of selected paintings, drawings, installation and video work. Many of these works are founded in graphic imagery obtained by security cameras and cell phones, purveyed on the Internet and news media, and employed in sensationalized action films. With Aggressive Negotiations, Claiborne explores the relationship between society and violent spectacle, through a series of works emphasizing the aesthetic qualities of violent imagery and its influence on contemporary culture.
Updates to programming will be posted to Watkins website.
The Fall 2013 Watkins BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition series begins in the Currey Gallery Nov 8–12 with Jessica Clay and Robert Grand, and will continue November 22–December 2 with Moses Williams and Danielle Wright, and December 6–13 with Connie Hutchison, Caroline Rawson and Corey Rosson.
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. (Watkins will be closed Nov. 28-29 for Thanksgiving.) Admission is free.
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