Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents On Screen, a multimedia installation by Watkins Fine Art senior Kayla Saito, at its downtown gallery WAG during the February 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.
For her exhibition, Saito interprets the way people display themselves in social media, then transforms what she sees into physical form. On Screen aims to investigate the repre-sentation of individual identity in social media as well as question the artist’s role as seer and interpreter. An interactive element will invite the audience to offer live feedback on the exhibition and the artist.
Saito was inspired in part by a quote from Oscar Wilde: “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
Saito was graduated with honors from Nashville School of the Arts and is a Dean’s List Fine Art senior with a special interest in sculpture and printmaking. A council member of the Watkins-led art collective Co. H, she is a collaborator on many of their social practice projects and has previously exhibited at WAG in the printmaking show Staying the Course (February 2014) and Co. H’s Seven Types of Play (April 2014). Her work has also been seen at Cheekwood and TPAC and in Co. H’s summer 2014 exhibition, Mystic Truths (Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery), named by the Nashville Scene “Best Student Show” in their recent Best of Nashville issue.
Saito interned with Seed Space and currently is a studio assistant for local artist Adrienne Outlaw. She was also an assistant for The Parthenon’s FLEX IT!, My Body My Temple exhibition (September 2014 through January 2015).
To see more of Kayla Saito’s work, visit kaylasaitoart.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.