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/
Sondra Perry makes performance, videos, and works as a “data generator” and “free creative laboror” at “The Internet”. Perry has exhibited in group shows at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, New York.
The artist has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, the Experimental Television Center, and is currently an artist in residence at the prestigious CORE Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Perry received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012 and a MFA from “an expensive New York art school causing gentrification in Harlem” in 2015
To describe her work, Sondra Perry manifests paraspaces, a term coined by science fiction author Samuel Delany, meaning a ‘space’ existing parallel to the normal or ordinary, through performance and video. These paraspaces are phantom and twilight zones, her grandma’s attic, and corners behind bookshelves where dead skin cells, lost candy corn, and little black girls find their autonomy. In these spaces, she and the viewer explore how imaging, visual languages, and digital literacy structure identity and representation in the virtual and physical realms.