WAG's October 5 Show Spotlights Luisiana Mera and Jason R. Reed
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents “bodies of work” by Luisiana Mera and Jason R. Reed, which includes paintings, drawings and photography of the human form, at its downtown gallery WAG during the October 5 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.
WAG – an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery – is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl, which runs from 6-9 p.m., and by appointment.
Mera, a junior Fine Art major, reveals Indefinite Beauty, with two series of portraits – “Chelsea,” in oil and “Nostalgia,” in charcoal – that offer contemporary updating of figure studies within a classical tradition. Born and reared in Panama, Mera was part of a strict, technique-driven classical ballet school for 10 years before moving to the United States at age 18. Particularly influenced by the Baroque, her work serves to reject societal and cultural perceptions of beauty and the body, imposed by forces such as family and church, by simultaneously referencing and rejecting classical aesthetic and practice.
Reed, a junior Photography major from International Falls, MN, will display a series of intaglio prints titled Ecdysis, after the process whereby an animal, such as a snake, sheds its skin because it has outgrown it. The work [originating from digital photographs by Reed] explores how a transitional period might affect one emotionally at different points throughout life.
“Both artists are investigating the body from a physical and emotional place as a container of meaning and symbolism,” said Kristi Hargrove, Fine Art department chair and WAG faculty liaison. “Questions of assumptive beauty and transformation are critical themes in their process as they challenge the viewer to step beyond technique and story to question the malleable, shifting and changing conditions of the collective ‘body’.”
The Watkins Arcade Gallery – WAG – is a public exhibition space of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film committed to serving the College community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. WAG is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural mission of the College by encouraging students to think independently and creatively about their art practice and role as critical thinkers within the cultural landscape. The venue will present shows year-round featuring work by Watkins students, alumni and other professional artists.
WAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues. For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.
WAG is the second Watkins-run gallery space, joining the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, the primary exhibiting space on the College’s campus in Metro Center. Currey presents a year-round schedule of two- and three-dimensional artwork, as well as multi-media installations including sound, video and performance, by students, faculty and visiting artists. Admission and parking are free.
For inquiries about WAG, contact [email protected]
(Above, at right) Luisiana Mera: Nostalgia 1 (charcoal drawing) and detail of Chelsea 1 (oil)
(Above, at left) Jason R. Reed, Plate 1 and Plate 3 (intaglio prints)