The Department of Art opens the fall semester with two new exhibitions in the Space 204 gallery: Mind Reader by Sarah Applebaum and The Other Side by Nick DeFord. The University community is invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, August 30, from 4 to 6 pm.
Describing Mind Reader as a “personal parade” or a form of protest, Sarah Applebaum seeks to explore her own mind through the use of signs and symbols. Heavily influenced by her own experiences and study of psychology, her work “bridges the gap between the psychological and the psychedelic, bringing freedom and an exploratory ethos to the art making process,” said Applebaum, an internationally recognized, self-taught artist who lives and works in San Francisco, California.
Knoxville artist Nick DeFord physically stitches and layers materials into an examination of the boundaries between the known and the unknown, focusing his work predominantly on subject matter “infamous for its mystery” such as strange locales, monsters, the occult, and mysticism. The Other Side focuses on the afterlife and presents the anxiety and allure of reaching out into the unknown and “bringing back a hint of what is there,” said DeFord, who recently became the program manager for the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
The exhibits are on view through Friday, October 5. Space 204 is housed in the Ingram Studio Art Center on the Vanderbilt campus at 25th Avenue South and Garland Avenue. Free and open to the public, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and closed on weekends.