Perambulating the Bounds

Friday, March 09, 2007

Alicia Henry and Sam Dunson show at Watkins

Watkins is opening a show on Saturday of work by Sam Dunson and Alicia Henry. It’s sort of a change of pace for the college’s gallery, a show by two artists not affiliated with the school. They picked well. Sam and Alicia Henry are two of the “fill-in-the-adjective” artists – best, hottest, most well regarded. You pick. They are both African-American and teach at TSU and Fisk respectively. I don’t think they’ve ever done a joint show, and that should be interesting. Henry works with all sorts of materials, creating cutouts of people and things from fabric or paper that lie somewhere between sculpture and pictures, and making sculptural forms like a series of whisk brooms that have pictorial qualities from hanging pretty flat to the wall. Sam is a pure painter (although there are constructed aspects to some of his works). He has a keen figurative imagination and a thing for story-telling, but he’s someone who keeps questioning and looking for next steps. Last time I saw some of his work was in the final days of In The Gallery this Fall. It will be interesting to see what he brings to this show.

It doesn’t look like Watkins is doing an opening for the show, but there is a closing reception and talk on March 30.


  • I would like to take a minute ask about the Nancy Mattice Award show at Dangenart... i was personally very disappointed in the showing. Many of the installs were just.. bad. I was very disappointed in the overall effect of many of the pieces. I was looking forward to the show.. some new blood and points of view are always refreshing but in my opinion is was empty. Was anybody else as let down as me? Just thoughts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:40 PM  

  • Hey, give us more! Which pieces in particular disappointed you? Why?

    By Blogger David Maddox, at 5:16 PM  

  • For example the main piece i had a problem with was "The Hunted." I guess it was a interesting concept but the presentation was somewhat lacking and very distracting from the message. You could see the post going up the leg... you could see the super glue adhesive from her attaching the hair. It just seemed that she was derailed by her wish for a little "shock value" maybe instead of her message. The piece "Survival of the Fittest" was another piece that left a bad taste in my mouth ( no pun intended) I mean what is the point? It just seemed like a kindergargen project... all concept and no talent. The pretraced chickens... bad "take out box" renderings.. it just did not seem any real substance was there. "My Reading Time" was another piece that just was just weak. To be honest i just didn't get it.

    I realize that this is all my opinion and i have no right to judge the workmanship of others, considering my less than artistic background but as a mere interested party.. it was just disapointing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:47 AM  

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