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Visual artist Fladry to exhibit work at APSU Downtown Gallery

Artist Robb Fladry worked for a time as a deejay, and the experience of remixing songs, of taking two different records and making something new but recognizable, has stuck with him. But instead of music, he is now mashing together the countless bits of pop culture trivia trapped in his head, in an effort to create new works of art representative of the world he knows.
Artist Robb Fladry worked for a time as a deejay, and the experience of remixing songs, of “taking two different records and making something new but recognizable,” has stuck with him. But instead of music, he is now mashing together the countless bits of pop culture trivia trapped in his head, in an effort to create new works of art representative of the world he knows.

“Movies, television and music are the building blocks for my generation,” he said. “I like to think of any viewer as a friend with whom I can talk to about a subject we've spent our whole lives passively studying.”

A new exhibition of Fladry's work, “Hookers and Autobots,” opens on June 3 for the First Thursday Artwalk at the Austin Peay Downtown Gallery. The show, with influences as varied as the Rambo movies and the 80s television show “Family Ties,” runs through June 26.

“In the simplest terms, I consider myself as a remixer of popular culture,” he said. “I take existing contexts and references and filter them through myself and my equipment. I'm not always looking to evoke a particular response or to ask the audience to take my side in any issue. I would prefer them to do what I do; to re-evaluate how I see something I am familiar with.”

Fladry's work has been exhibited at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the BEA Festival for Media Arts in Las Vegas and the Digital Fringe Festival in Melbourne, Australia. He earned a B.F.A. in studio art and an M.A. in theater from Austin Peay State University, and he is currently a graduate assistant at the University of South Florida, where he is pursing an M.F.A. in studio art.

Last year, the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts leased a building in downtown Clarksville to provide gallery space for APSU alumni, such as Fladry. The gallery, located at 116 Strawberry Alley in downtown Clarksville, is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information on this space or the exhibit, contact Gregg Schlanger at 931-221-7789 or schlangerg@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth