Anderson Williams: My Team

Anderson Williams: The Me in Team,
and in the entrance hall,
Mark Hosford: Preliminary

December 7, 2002
through January 23, 2003

Opening reception with the artist: Saturday
December 7, 7:00PM to 9:00PM

This month the Fugitive Art Center debuts its new exhibition space, next to the main gallery, with the help of two diverse Nashville artists. Anderson Williams and Mark Hosford exhibit studies of personal and collective dementia using different esthetic vocabularies. FANTASTIC!

in the Main Gallery...
Anderson Williams: The Me In Team
”We live in a time when to understand the self, we must first understand its cultural influences (music, fashion, MTV, advertising, sports etc.). Secondly we must realize that the self is actually multiple and mutable. As cultural influences and stimuli change, so does our sense of self. The search for self, therefore, begins by looking outward.”

”As the traditional cultural structures of information and legitimation (religion, politics, labor etc.) lose their cultural potency, it is important, as we look outward, to look at how we as individuals adjust and where we find new forums for self-definition. In this sort of environment, sport must be recognized as one of the centers, if not the center, of contemporary culture.”

”Sports heroes sell us everything from underwear to corn flakes, from motor oil to hamburgers, from popcorn to Viagra. No one can escape the power of the sports industry. It creates, markets, endorses and sells the products, the mentalities and often the ideals that our culture embraces and consumes. In a time when the self is defined by its cultural stimuli, sport is ever present and always helping to define who we are.”

Anderson received his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his B.A. Magna Cum Laude with honors from Wake Forest where his work has been added to their permanent collection. He has exhibited in France, Michigan, Nashville, North Carolina and in Portland, Oregon at Powell's City of Books. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Watkins College of Art & Design.

Anderson Williams: detail - Game Face

and debuting our new exhibition wall in the Entrance Hall...
Mark Hosford: Preliminaries
Mark Hosford was born in Kansas City and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. Hosford received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas in 1998 and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2001. He has shown in over 30 exhibits and has received numerous awards. His work has been included in print portfolios organized by universities and arts organizations, including Ohio University and the Kansas City Art Institute. Mark is currently a Senior Lecturer at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he teaches drawing, printmaking, multimedia and digital art.

Preliminaries is a show of drawings and sketches by Mark Hosford. Most of the drawings on display are created with the intention of being transformed into prints, animation or larger mixed media pieces. “All of my art begins with a drawing, but the original drawing is never shown as the final outcome. Like most artists, I use drawing as a way of thinking and expressing my ideas. Drawing is the most basic and immediate way to create a visual interpretation of a thought or concept. This show serves as a way to see the thoughts (drawings), before they become transformed into prints or other media.”