Work/Work, an exhibition of repurposed wood sculpture by local artist and educator John Watson, will open in the Department of Art’s Space 204 on Thursday, August 22, with an opening reception from 4 to 6 pm. Watson creates sculptures that are architectural in nature. His primary sources are reclaimed wood and the salvaged cast-offs of trade and industry, building sites, and home remodeling projects that are collected and repurposed into objects and installations.
The sculptures, on view in Space 204 through September 27, teeter between collapse and structure but share the stage with the use of space. “Like kudzu clinging to an Alabama pine tree,” wrote Watson, “the work relies on the structure it occupies while it simultaneously exists as its own entity.”
Watson joined the Belmont University faculty this past year, relocating to Nashville from Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri, where he taught for seven years. His art has appeared in solo exhibitions at Hemphill, Washington, DC; Laumier Sculpture Park and Philip Slein Gallery, Saint Louis; and the Savannah Gallery, Atlanta, among others. Watson received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Maryland, and his BFA from Webster University.
Space 204 is located on the second floor of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, 25th Avenue South and Garland Avenue on the Vanderbilt University campus. All Space 204 exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, call the Department of Art at 615.343.7241 or visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu/arts.