Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Rather Sketchy: Sketchbooks, brainstorms and process-work by Graphic Design major Holly Carden at its downtown gallery WAG during the June 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.
Rather Sketchy will feature a selection of Carden’s highly detailed illustrations along with all of the sketches and process-work associated with them. “When someone looks at one of my pictures, they are only seeing a portion of what I see. Whether I like it or not, I see the entire project: dozens of sketches, thumbnails, revisions, notes, late nights, pots of coffee, meetings, emails and phone calls. All the frustration of hitting a wall, the joy of making a breakthrough, the exasperation of going through yet another revision, or the excitement of marking the project ‘complete’ comes flooding back,” says Carden. “Sketchbooks are an arena of complete freedom, uninhibited by the demands of clients, the neurosis of the artist’s perfectionism, the fear of judgment. They are the most direct window into the mind of an artist. My goal is to show those who come out to see Rather Sketchy an honest, intimate view of ‘the work that goes into the work.’”
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.
About Holly Carden
Holly Carden is an illustrator and a senior in the Graphic Design program at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Born and raised in the United Kingdom on the illustrated books of Roald Dahl and Jill Barklem, Holly has always loved drawing, specializing in dense, high-detail pictures. Her work, spanning a wide variety of styles and mediums, has won multiple awards including the Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence and a National American Advertising Federation Award (ADDY). Holly can often be spotted drawing the people and places of the Nashville area in her sketchbook, inspired by being part of such a fun and creative city. For more information, visit www.hollycarden.com
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.
photo of Holly Carden by Tamara Reynolds for Nashville Arts; read feature here