Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Death Panels: The Comics and Art of Luke Howard and Cameron Lucente, an exhibition of graphic storytelling from Watkins Graphic Design talent, at its downtown gallery WAG during the December 5 and January 2 editions of the First Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 9 p.m.
“Through sophisticated text and precise imagery, Luke Howard and Cameron Lucente craft clear visual narratives of the anxious and the moribund. Their art and comics, including web comics, animations and risograph printed books, provide an insight into the particular minds of two vigorous graphic storytellers,” said Dan Brawner, chair of Watkins’ Department of Graphic Design.
An illustrator, printmaker and cartoonist living in Nashville, Luke Howard (lukehoward.net) is a 2010 graduate of Watkins’ BFA Graphic Design program. He designs and screenprints posters by hand, and prints comics and zines on a temperamental old risograph copier. His style is simplistic and leans towards the darker side. He strongly believes in self-publishing and getting his hands dirty.
Howard’s ongoing comic Dead-End Rob is a slice-of-life comic about a ghost, a tiny desert town, and friendship. On display at WAG will be pages from the comic as well as glimpses behind the scenes in the form of sketches, character sheets and process photos.
A sophomore graphic design student at Watkins, Cameron Lucente is an illustrator and comic artist. His style is influenced by graphic novels, spooky stories and graphic pops of color.
roomZER0 is a passion project of Lucente’s that has been fleshing itself out over the past five years. It tells the story of Alan, a rude man with strange dreams, and Evalyn, a woman who seeks to right the wrongs of her family. Selected pages, GIFs and a variety of process work will be on view at WAG.
A limited edition poster will be available at the Death Panels show, courtesy of Brainfreeze Comics, a popular resource for alternative and small press comics and zines located inside The Groove in East Nashville (BrainfreezeComics.tumblr.com).
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 (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.
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 nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.
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. For inquiries, contact WAG@watkins.edu. 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.