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Department of Art

Mar 24 2015 - 8:40am


The Goldsmith Press has been busy designing and printing limited edition broadsides to commemorate  campus events

APSU Art and Design

February 28 —  Phi Alpha Theta Regional History Conference hosted by the APSU Department of History and Philosophy 
Edition of 150 posters designed and printed by Sophia Eisenbart and Paeton Davis.
APSU Art and Design
March 23 —  Inauguration of APSU President Dr. Alisa White
Edition of 150 posters designed by Karlie Allen / printed by Karlie Allen, Sophia Eisenbart and Karla Tucker
Mar 23 2015 - 10:16am

APSU Art and Design Black & Jones

Black & Jones’s video “Ur Sonata Remix – Variation 4″ was selected for “Third Annual Prime Time: New Media Juried Exhibition” at the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC. The exhibition will run from March 31 until August 2, 2015.

View the video here

Mar 23 2015 - 10:06am

APSU Art and Design Lauren McKinney

Austin Peay State University student Lauren McKinney will exhibit her tintype portraits and prints in the show, “Sui Generis” from April 13-16, 2015, between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. The opening reception is free to the public and takes place on Monday, April 13 from 5-8 p.m.

McKinney’s portraits celebrate the unique characteristics of both the individual and the tintype by highlighting the inherent qualities of each individual photographed. “The minute gestures and idiosyncrasies that could not otherwise be duplicated if attempted or forced are the ones that capture the true essence of the person being photographed,” McKinney said. “These brief moments in time, the captured essence of the individual, are the quintessence of portrait photography.”

McKinney has shown work locally in group exhibitions at the Downtown Artist’s Co-op and Austin Peay. This will be her first solo exhibition.

For more information about the exhibit, contact the APSU Department of Art at (931) 221-7333.

Mar 23 2015 - 10:02am

APSU Art and Design Amy Duncan

Amy Duncan will be displaying her show “Words Are Hard,” a series of 100 intricately draw handmade greeting cards. The show will be housed in APSU’s Trahern Gallery 108 from March 30th to April 3rd. An opening reception free to the public will be March 30th from 5-9pm.

Duncan’s “Words are Hard” is a glimpse into the humorous and disappointing dating scene and apparent language barrier that divide today’s 20-somethings. Each of the 100 greeting cards display an intricate drawing and word combination that often reveal surprising or unexpected twists. “By focusing my attention to the strange, the awkward, and the unnoticed, I believe I have brought awareness that could potentially lead to some change in the way my generation communicates,” says Duncan.

Past exhibitions of Duncan include a solo exhibition in the Marion Street studio spaces in Clarksville, selected work for a collaborative show in Nashville, and a few other shows affiliated with Austin Peay. For more information, please contact the APSU Department of Art at (931)-221-7333.

Mar 18 2015 - 2:39pm

APSU Art and Design Noah Scalin

On April 1, 2015, artist, designer, and author Noah Scalin will give a public lecture on his work in Trahern 410 at 6 p.m. Scalin will be in residence the week of April 1 creating an artwork with APSU students. This event is free and open to the public.

Noah Scalin’s work explores the theme of transience – specifically the temporary nature of our individual lives and tenuous nature of  human existence on the planet. Rooted in the medieval concept of memento mori, a reflection on mortality meant to spur a greater reverence for life and reevaluation of priorities, Scalin’s work asks us to take notice of everyday moments.

The Taoist concept of balance – the idea that dark is required to understand light; that destruction is what makes creation valuable – is an ever-present theme in Scalin’s work. Images of death and violence are contrasted with objects and subjects that represent the greatest intellectual and technological achievements of humankind. Thus, Scalin underscores the grey area that lies between innovation and devastation.

By using everyday items, including mass produced consumer goods, in his photographs, installations, and sculptures, Scalin asks the viewer to recontextualize the ‘things’ in their lives that are normally taken for granted, overlooked or discarded. His work narrates the potential long-term impact of humans and their creations, giving the audience an opportunity to shift their ‘thing-ethos’ from linear (cradle-to-grave), to cyclical (cradle-to-cradle).

Inspired by the work of 16th century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Scalin’s work creates a visual vibration – an oscillation between form and symbol – as the viewer shifts between seeing the subject represented and the objects used to create it. Hans Holbein the Younger’s painting The Ambassadors is also a touchstone for the perspectival shifts required to view much of Scalin’s work. While the subject may be instantly recognizable in reproduction, it can be difficult to decipher in person without an intermediary, like a camera. These pieces bring into question how the human brain interprets stimuli and perceives (or fails to perceive) the nature of the reality around us.

In the same spirit as the sand mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism, much of Scalin’s works is intentionally temporary or ephemeral. Like our own lives, these works revert back to their component parts or are destroyed after a short lifespan, only to exist in documentation and memories after they’re gone.