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Volume 24, Number 4 — April 2017

Arts Calendar

Knoxville Museum of Art presents exhibition by contemporary artist Jered Sprecher
Trees Walking, 2015. Oil on linen, 72 x 60 inches.
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Knoxville Museum of Art presents exhibition by contemporary artist Jered Sprecher

Date(s):  January 27 - April 16, 2017
Venue: Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 World's Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37919

KNOXVILLE, TN The Knoxville Museum of Art announces a new contemporary exhibition, "Outside In," by Jered Sprecher from Jan. 27 through April 16.

Sprecher lives in Knoxville and is a professor with the University of Tennessee's school of art. He enjoys a growing national reputation as one of the leading representative of a generation of contemporary painters dedicated to the exploration and revitalization of abstraction. He describes himself as a "hunter and gatherer," pulling his imagery from such disparate sources as wallpaper, graffiti, architecture, cut gemstones and x-rays.

"Outside In" reflects the dynamic range of Sprecher's recent practice in terms of format, scale, imagery and process. It also includes several new works configured in a provocatively informal manner designed to reference a space that is central to human domestic life since the dawn of time: the living room. The Study (2013), for instance, depicts an abstracted frontal view of a fireplace entrance defined in broad horizontal strokes in an icy palette that presents the original image in a strange new light. The painting reflects the artist's examination of parallels between ancient domestic traditions in which the fireplace was a mesmerizing light environment that in contemporary life has been replaced by the ubiquitous digital screen.

Topics: Art, Exhibits

The Study, 2013. Oil on canvas, 74" x 78 inches.

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