Paul Matthew Watkins presents:
Tuesday, November 24th at 12pm
Location: Shed Space in the Sculpture Yard
(refreshments will be served)
Join us as we celebrate the conclusion of Paul Matthew Watkins’ 4090 project in Sculpture with an exhibition entitled KNOTS. For this show, Matt will be exhibiting a series of sculptural knots and sculpture inspired by knots. This series takes knot concepts from advanced mathematics into the topological realm of sculpture. Mathematicians study knots which consist of crossings, chirality, and projections. Matt considers the knot’s most primal quality using the space that curves occupy in 3D space. He also equally considers the spaces that they are not occupying. With this series Matt takes the mathematical concept of a line without width and creates tangible objects. Perhaps most importantly, he asks the viewer to consider knots as both fact and fragment.
This show will be exhibited in the Sculpture Area Shed Space for one day only.
A statement by the artist:
While moving into my upper level undergraduate studies, knot theory has become an intriguing topic. This work is quite blatantly inspired by theoretical images I observed. With this project I sought to make abstract ideas tangible and to introduce knot theory to people typically uninterested in math.
About the artist:
Matt Watkins is an undergraduate math/art student currently studying at Austin Peay State University. He favors no particular thing. He is mostly interested in just being outside of what should be favored. He is inspired by math, magic, and messing things up.
To learn more about Matt’s 4090 project you can visit his blog: https://exploringknots.wordpress.com/
A Statement about ghosts by Laura Praseutkoun:
Hair on a shower ledge. A wet towel hanging. Folds formed in fabric. A body covered in felt. An empty bed. Clothes on the floor. These are the remnants of us that linger.
This series is a study of my relationship with my girlfriend Calloway. In our shared space I explore domesticity, intimacy, and the lines between independence and codependence.
The photographs and videos in this exhibition frequently use a first-person perspective in an effort to place the viewer within my environment. In many ways the work functions as a self-portrait. Initially, I created this work as a personal reflection. I wanted to record every aspect of our daily interaction with the intent to analyze and deconstruct it. Eventually ghosts became a body of work that is centered on the security provided by a long-term relationship. This sense of comfort is displayed through obscure moments taken from our life together; captured and re-framed.
With the notion that every relationship is different, there is the common thread of being selfless when loving someone else. In my relationship with Calloway, personal sacrifices turn into moments of solidarity between the two of us. Our relationship is both romantic and platonic. This project is about being in love and it captures the mood of our home. When constructing ghosts I wanted to create a narrative for the viewer that felt as if they were present in these moments. Like many relationships, ours is a journey of self-discovery and togetherness contrasted by instances of emotional solitude and isolation.
I staged this work in a domestic environment because my home is where I feel free from a politicized view of myself, my relationship, and my queerness. I chose to not contextualize this work in terms of queer politics because it is more about escape. Being in a personal space and having full control over my environment is empowering. At home Calloway and I have an understanding.
The title ghosts alludes to fragments of life and moments that have faded. It also relates to the complexity of emotions felt within a solitary space. Ultimately this work is about feeling safe at home. Calloway and I experience separate realities outside of the walls of our apartment. We face the world alone each day.
Images from the opening 9/28/2015:
Please join us for the opening reception for “Risk Assessment” by Amber Briggs on September 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. in Gallery 108. Briggs is a recipient of a 2015 Department of Art & Design Student Summer Research Award.
About the Student Summer Research Award
The Student Summer Research Award is sponsored by the Austin Peay State University Department of Art & Design and the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts. It was established to create opportunities for selected art students to conduct studio research during the summer when they might not be registered for classes. The award provides $2500 to two students who propose a well conceived and intriguing body of work.
Amber Briggs used the funds to create a body of collaborative works based on her family dynamic. In her proposal she stated “Truly at the heart of this motivation are motherhood and my relationship with my four year old son, Parker”. She is inspired by her son’s creativity and way of looking at the world.
A statement by the artist:
“How did I become so keenly aware of sharp corners, electrical outlets, and ways to injure oneself? I am a mother.My attempts to manage or lessen these risks make clear to me the reality – so much is out of my control. This exhibition stands as a document and examination of my response to these risks.
I took many visual cues from my son, Parker. I was inspired by the simplicity of the formal and material qualities in his own art. I used his creative practice, rooted in curiosity and collecting, as a foundation for making.
This “experiment in awareness” is not solely limited to motherhood. Risk is present wherever we find something precious.”