Cocktails & ConversationMay 14, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Discussion of time-based art with University of Tennessee faculty members Emily Bivens, John Kelley, and David Wilson.
Emily Ward Bivens is an Associate Professor of 4D arts and Transmedia Design and the Director of Foundations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her MFA from The University of Colorado, Boulder in 2004, Bivens uses found and made objects to forge narratives, provoke or encourage interaction, and reveal fictional and non-fictional mysteries. These objects shift from prop to subject to evidence when used in performance, video, and installation. Characters or identities are created to act as subjects, authors, inventors, and curators of the work.
John C Kelley is an Assistant Professor of 4D and Time-Based Arts at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. His video work has screened domestically at venues such as The Mid-America Arts Alliance (Kansas City, MO), the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR) the Arizona International Film Festival (Tucson, AZ), The Front (New Orleans, LA), the Index Art Center (Newark, NJ), Living Arts (Tulsa, OK), internationally in cities such as London, Moscow, Berlin, Sao Paolo, Mexico City, Edinburgh, Vienna, Prague, Amsterdam and others. Kelley has written original music for award winning feature length narrative and documentary films through Gray Picture in St. Louis, MO, released music as a solo artist through King Electric Records in Austin, TX, and has appeared on more than 25 recordings and albums.
David Wilson creates large temporary artworks, videos, and drawings using unconventional materials and approaches, including collaboration and performance. Wilson has shown his work internationally at Kunsthalle Basel and Kunstlerhaus Boswil in Switzerland, the Experimental Art Foundation and Performance Space in Australia, the Robert McDougal Gallery in New Zealand, and the Center for Icelandic Art, Reykjavik. He has had solo exhibitions in the United States including at the Southeastern Center For Contemporary Art, Old Dominion University, Auburn University, the Florida Center for Contemporary Art, and the Dietrich Jenny Gallery. His group exhibitions venues include the Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Spaces Art Gallery, The Mint Museum, Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, the University of California (San Diego), and Wake Forest University.