JOHNSON CITY (June 25, 2013) – “At the Moment: Photography and Abstraction as Bridge to Figuration,” an exhibit of works by regional artists, is on display at East Tennessee State University’s Slocumb Galleries through July 12.
An artists’ reception will be held Tuesday, July 2, from 5-7 p.m.
The exhibition features Bristol and Abingdon-based Virginia figurative artists Leila Cartier, Sam Morrow, Anna Nenonen, Perry Johnson and Jenny Snead and sculptor Dr. Marvin Tadlock.
Johnson, who holds a master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree from ETSU, describes his recent body of work as “inquiry into our stewardship of humanist ideals.” In his figurative paintings of ordinary people, workers and individuals performing mundane activities, he questions the achievement of humanity, labor and development.
Morrow, inspired with the concept of the modern artist as an observer of culture, shares his current series that comes from police mug shots from the Internet. He comparesthe “zombie-like gaze while confronting the police lens” to that of individuals “staring into a laptop computer.” Morrow received his M.F.A. from the Royal College of Art in London, England, and also attended The Ohio State University.
Tadlock, the sole sculptor in the group, employs “abstraction as (a) bridge to his visual commentary of other significant ideas.” Tadlock received his M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina and his doctorate in education from the University of Georgia.
Johnson, Morrow and Tadlock are members of the faculty in the Department of Art at Virginia Intermont College, Bristol.
Snead, an outreach instructor at the William King Museum in Abingdon, deals with social realities through her work, “providing a voice to the disenfranchised few.” Her art gives “insight to the people whose lives are characterized by abject poverty and lack of opportunity … who ‘rarely have the opportunity to have their voices heard, and are very often misunderstood.’” Snead holds a bachelor of arts degree from Virginia Intermont College.
Nenonen’s work deals with “the existential and redemption as its underlying current. (She) believes in the transformative potential of art and the power of imagination to the development of humanity.” Nenonen refers “to nature and its various manifestations in relation to the human condition” in her artwork. She is curator of The Depot-Gallery 1912 at Emory & Henry College, Emory, Va.
The free public exhibit and reception are co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Design in ETSU’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Summer hours for Slocumb Galleries are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with extended hours during receptions and scheduled tours. The main entrance to Slocumb Galleries is currently closed as part of the campus Green Space Project, but visitors may enter at the entrance at the end of Sherrod Drive; this entrance is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, contact Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, director, at (423) 483-3179.