Taking Time: Recent Alumni Art Exhibit

Taking Time. A recent alumni art exhibition at the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship showcasing artwork from Adelaide Clark ’20, Landin Eldridge ’21 and Adelle Patten ’21.

 

Encompassing several aspects of this exhibit, the title Taking Time speaks to each exhibiting artists’ unique process that results in beautifully complex artwork. Taking Time also acknowledges the effects of COVID, appreciates the past 50 years of coeducation, and applauds your dedication to keep making work after Davidson.

 

Three artists were selected to showcase their work. Learn more about them here.

 

Please join us for a reception and artist talk with the artist on November 17th from 4:30pm-6:00pm. Register using this eventbrite

 

Headshot of a young white woman with wavy brunette hairAdelaide Clark ’20 She/her

My art is a result of my exploration of colors and patterns, which I credit as being God-given gifts to share. Whether it be painting, digital media, mixed media, collage, or photography I aspire to create beautiful, interesting work that speaks uniquely to everyone. I think art plays such an important role in community as it brings out perspectives that otherwise may have gone unnoticed. One of my favorite quotes is “if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” So, I love to hear the various connections people tie to my pieces and how they bring significance in different ways. Oftentimes, I’ll get responses that the viewer had thought was an almost too obvious parallel, but one that had not been considered or commented on before.   

Email: addieeclark@gmail.com 

website: maryadelaide.art 

insta: @adelaide_art

tiktok: @adelaide_paints

White woman with red glasses and jacket smiles while standing in front of a tree.Landin Eldridge ’21 She/her

My drawings depict absurd encounters from everyday life. I force characters to confront uncomfortable scenarios: guilt from the past, fear of the future, and humor in the present. It is almost impossible not to laugh because this combination is ridiculous and awkward. I want to capture the exact moment a good thing goes bad, extracting ideas from my memories and hinting at larger American institutions and cultural phenomena. As a rural southerner who frequently shops at Walmart after 10 pm, I am familiar with the absurdity of existence in this country.
I am obsessed with causing laughter my audience cannot control, but like anyone who works with humor, I live in fear that no one will laugh. Humor has the potential to crash and burn at any moment. The possibility of failure keeps me on edge and forces innovation.
My work would not be complete without direct interaction from audience members. I need people to laugh and feel guilty for laughing. I need people to touch my squishy sculptures and feel absence when they let go. I need to create art for a community in this idiosyncratic way, constantly risking failure for a chance at comedic poignancy.

Email: leldrid4@vols.utk.edu

Instagram: @lando_kenzi

Young white woman wearing tan jacket with a long brunette bob and bangsAdelle Patten ’21 She/her

My work would not be complete without direct interaction from audience members. I need people to laugh and feel guilty for laughing. I need people to touch my squishy sculptures and feel absence when they let go. I need to create art for a community in this idiosyncratic way, constantly risking failure for a chance at comedic poignancy My work explores the interplay of natural and digital entities which define my reality and virtual consciousness. Fluorescent lights, the crisp edges differentiating one post from another, and bright, inverted colors embedded in organic imagery represent the coalescence of two realities: the natural and the digital. I visualize the merge of these two realities using visceral applications of acrylic, oil, and spray painted, and in conjunction with stark edge relationships. Each piece represents today’s nearly invisible, screen-filled reality and the overconsumption of visual culture which competes for our attention daily. They are windows into my perceived reality. 

Email: adellepcreative@gmail.com 

website: https://www.adellepatten.com/

instagram: @grateful.artist

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