Photography Fills ‘Unspent Space’ in March 5 WAG Show

February 29, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Unspent Space, an exhibition of traditional analogue photography by six Watkins students, at its downtown gallery WAG during the March 5 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Watkins talent can also be seen March 5 at Wedgewood-Houston crawl — David Hellams’ show info below

Work will be shown by Photography majors Brandyn Busico, Haley Carter, Kathryn Napier, Julian Sanchez, Nicole Taylor and Amber Ward,  members of Photography III taught by Visiting Assistant Professor Angelique Rabus. The class offers a strong foundation in darkroom photographic techniques and through assignments and critiques, students continue working on critical issues in photography as well as on composition and content.

Napier, Kathryn Wweb“Darkroom photography is rarely used in the photographic community today and is being pulled from colleges and universities around the country,” said Rabus. “While many are abandoning this traditional practice to go digital, Watkins students are embracing it, and generating beautifully romantic and conceptual work.”

Originating from found words, the theme “Unspent Space” challenged the students to capture on film how they see their physical and/or their subconscious environment. The black-and-white images, made with medium format cameras, range in complexity; some demonstrate simplicity in form and others tackle space more metaphorically.

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.

Download map with shuttle and parking info here = Shuttle route First_Saturday March 5 2016

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.

Ward_Amber WwebAbout WAG
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.

(Top) Brandyn Busico, “Flightless Memento” (medium-format, silver gelatin print, 2016)
(Middle) Kathryn Napier, “Through the Looking Glass” (medium-format, silver gelatin print, 2016)
(Bottom) Amber Ward (medium-format, silver gelatin print, 2016)

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Also on Saturday, March 5, at Seed Space in Wedgewood-Houston:

The Crappy Magic Experience
a collaboration between David Hellams (Watkins Admissions counselor)
and former Watkins student David King

This interactive installation at Seed Space invites interaction with and consumption of otherwise unwanted things. The artists will be filling bins in the gallery space with a curated collection of items, and visitors are invited to root around in the piles and make photographs of any arrangement they like.

Hellams’ publication Crappy Magic a magazine comprised entirely of photographic collages of stuff — will be available for viewing and purchase.  Artworks responding to product packaging and cultural debris will supplement the installation.  Visitors can also peruse a special Ebay store, which serves to create a parallel digital database of the piles of stuff, and to re-negotiate the value of individual things.  A live auction of some of the artists’ favorite items will be conducted at the closing reception on Saturday, April 2.

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