March 2021 – Jake Ingram

Cutoffs: Semi-recent Woodcuts by Jake Ingram

Description

This body of work began as a way to pass time at work and keep up with my printmaking practice after grad school. The size of each piece was dictated by using students’ discarded cutoffs from the wood shop at the New York Academy of Art. The smaller, oddly shaped blocks eventually led to the exploration of trying to carve full sheets of wood. Most of the blocks were carved between 2016-2020 but were never printed. This exhibition is just a small sampling of those blocks that have finally been finished.
 
Bio:
Jake Ingram is a collaborative printer and artist working in Knoxville, TN. He received his BFA in drawing in 2012 from East Tennessee State University and his MFA in drawing with a concentration in printmaking in 2015 from the New York Academy of Art. He attended Tamarind Institute in 2017 and was awarded his Printer Training Certificate in 2018. He was one of two people selected to stay a second year as an apprentice and in 2019 he earned the designation Tamarind Master Printer. His interest lies in the synthesis of fine art and craft, therefore his personal work often involves printmaking and sewing. In addition to lithography, Ingram is trained in woodcut and intaglio. His work has been exhibited around the US and internationally. When not hanging out in the print shop you can find him hunting Jackalopes and Bigfoot.

September 2020 – Jessie Van der Laan

absorption

Description

Selections from an ongoing series of drawings by Jessie Van der Laan, examining the simultaneous joys and burdens of motherhood, reflected through natural and constructed landscapes.

November 2020 – Bryan Wilkerson

Bryan Wilkerson

Description

My studio practice is a constellation of activities; one work informing the next in cycles of radiating, perpetual motion. Ceramics and designing projects for the public sphere drive me, creating new in-roads to utilizing drawing, painting, video, emergent technologies, and radical visual communications strategies. My creativity is tied to mobility creating a work in constant progress.
Playing with humor and irony while exploring traditional pottery (as my foil, or audience plant), I’m designing a new universe, building a cast of whimsical characters that retain their functionality as usable vessels. As J.F. Sebastian offers in Blade Runner, “These are my friends. I make them”. Each object is uniquely sculpted and meticulously hand-painted after beginning its formation on a potter’s wheel. Collectible, kitschy, nostalgic, and completely foreign. My work often feels like a memory of an imaginary land you’ve never visited. A place where Frankenberry visits a world of yetis to the lingering sound of a nearby ice cream truck, it’s engine sputtering in the hot Tennessee sun. The rev of an engine, spinning pottery wheels, decals, spray paint, and sweat.