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Volume 26, Number 10 — October 2018

Arts Calendar

Up the Gravel Path exhibit closing

Date(s):  October 08 - 19, 2018
Venue: Slocumb Galleries
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614

JOHNSON CITY, TN — The ETSU Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Project Support Grant and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts present "Up the Gravel Path: Arrowmont’s Artists in Residence" curated by Lindsay Rogers through Oct. 19, at the Slocumb Galleries.

The five artists-in-residence are Sasha Baskin, Alyssa Coffin, Everett Hoffman, Stephanie Wilhelm and Kari Woosley. Each artist explores a different area of human interaction with the other, whether person or object. Overall, the artists are working with a range of material. While each artist is varied, collectively the exhibition showcases contemporary art at its finest in Appalachia.

Baskin creates fiber pieces with the loom to explore the malfunction and glitch of technology. The correspondence between modern technology and older, traditional means to create fibers is of interest to her. Coffin includes the human body and presents performative sculptures in nature. Coffin believes in connecting ‘unseen realities’ with the body directly. Hoffman uses installation, found objects, and metal smithing to create pieces of jewelry. By having models pose with the objects, he creates a scenario to discuss human relationship with the objects and the fluctuation of identity, gender, and sexual desire.

Both Wilhelm and Woosley explore ceramics in a more traditional sense, looking at intimacy with a space or in a moment. Wilhelm hand paints her vessels and creates a narrative, depicting a dog lying down. This moment harkens back to the bond between man and canine and challenges the viewer to move beyond just the surface of the vessel and image. Woosley creates baskets and table settings referring to everyday items found in a domestic household. Woosley’s goal is for questioning, wondering and pondering to occur with the viewer and domestic object.

The Slocumb Galleries are located at Ernest C. Ball Hall, 232 Sherrod Drive, ETSU campus, with viewing hours weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 6 p.m., events, and by appointment. For more information, contact Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay via email or call/text 423-483-3179. Parking and handicapped access are available. Visit the ETSU PlanIt Calendar under Exhibitions or for event updates.

Topics: Art, Exhibits

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