Watkins College of Art, Design & Film to Host (dys)figure, a Visiting Artist Exhibition
he public is invited to (dys)figure, a Visiting Artist Exhibition at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. This exhibition, curated by Watkins 4-D instructor and artist Ron Lambert, will feature Matthew Alexander from Lebanon, Tenn., Angela Burks from Murfreesboro, Tenn., Darrin Martin from Davis, Calif. and Terese Longva from Norway.
(dys)figure brings together these four artists to provide examples of the varying ways current artists use the image of the human form (or lack thereof) to describe the contemporary condition of the world. According to the artists and curator, this exhibition will reflect that the world, ever-shrinking through the force of a global society, sees the corporeal body fractured. Further, the exhibition will reflect that the contemporary figure is broken, absent of irony and grounded with the intent to place itself against the ever-quickening world of instant gratification and immediate information, noting that figuration today stands firm despite its fragile appearance. Through this opposition to the strength portrayed in classical figurative work, this group sees the human form embattled by the complexity of contemporary life - unnatural speeds forced by the agencies of progress and corporate efficiency, the rifts caused by historical ties, and guilt enforced by the demands of a society reaching the bounds of its environment.
An opening reception will be held in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on the Watkins campus on Friday, October 8, from 5:30-8pm. This show will run through October 29. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd. in Metro Center. For more information, contact Christy Bell at 615.277.7403.