All Together Now, an exhibition of prints, collages, paintings, and mixed media works featuring 19 artists from across the country, opens Thursday, June 30, in Space 204 gallery of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, 25th and Garland Avenues on the Vanderbilt University campus. A reception for the artists will follow on Friday, July 8, from 6 to 8 pm.
On display through August 5, the exhibit focuses on the growing trends of pattern and proletariat influence in contemporary art and draws together works “not by concept or message, but through form, color, materials, and the repeated mark,” noted curator Adrienne Miller, local artist and staff member in the Department of Art.
“Elements of ‘lower art forms’ are sneaking back into contemporary art in significant ways,” Miller explained. “Artists are using such methods as silkscreen printing, hand lettering, collage, and other unlikely material combinations with an awareness of current trends and culture. This type of work bridges the gap of playful, yet intelligent, having experience and personality without becoming pedantic. The rise of the rock poster, the influence of folk art, graffiti, craft elements, and commercial design are infiltrating traditional gallery shows and should be seen as significant influences for the upcoming generation of artists.”
All Together Now showcases such artists as Laura Baisden, Kelly Bonadies, Will Bryant, Andrew Burkitt, Chris Cheney, Gregory Scott Cook, Ann Flowers, Tate Foley, Alyson Fox, Clare J. Bowers, Chad Kouri, Bryce McCloud, Michelle Ramin, Stacey Reason, Sonnenzimmer, Brad Vetter, Betsy Walton, Lindsey Warren, and Lulu Wolf.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm.
For more information, contact the Vanderbilt Department of Art at 615-343-7241 or visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu/arts.