Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents HELL IS HOT, an exhibition of new work by Fine Art junior Zack Rafuls, at its downtown gallery WAG during the May 3 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.
HELL IS HOT, featuring sculpture, painting and printmaking, examines the schematization of individuals’ direct and indirect relationships to one another and to society at large, through the use of metaphorical objects, symbols, and signifiers.
“As individuals in the modern world, we are constantly in contact with societal and cultural systems that dictate and facilitate our day-to-day experiences,” said Rafuls. “These systems exist, as French philosopher Michel Foucault has theorized, as cultural institutions. The work presented in HELL IS HOT serves to analyze the manner in which such systems – specifically sexuality, technology, and consumer culture – engage with each other, while regulating and shaping our individual and collective psyche and behavior.”
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 www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl
About Zack Rafuls
A native of Miami, Florida, Zack Rafuls moved to Tennessee in his early teens, and to Nashville in 2011. His work – primarily sculpture, installation, painting, printmaking and video – has been exhibited at Ground Floor Gallery, the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery at Watkins, Track One and Cummins Station. He is currently the chair of the art collective Co. H, a group of artists from various disciplines, and active in OOMFF, Co. H’s series of experimental happenings. Co. H recently exhibited their council show Seven Types of Play at WAG, self-published the second issue of their zine SPIT, and are currently planning a juried showcase of regional video art. Rafuls is an intern at Zeitgeist Gallery and works as a studio assistant in town. When he’s not making things, he’s making noise with his band Onri.
For more information, visit zackrafuls.tumblr.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.
About Michel Foucault
French philosopher, historian, theorist and critic Michel Foucault (1926–1984) addressed the relationship between power and knowledge and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions. Among his most influential publications are The History of Madness (published as Folie et Déraison: Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique, 1961), The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception (1963), The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences (1966), and Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975).
More info at www.michel-foucault.com.