Nearly Nothing

"Nearly Nothing No. 1 (detail)," Gum wrappers on panel, by Stephen Watson

"Nearly Nothing No. 1 (detail)," Gum wrappers on panel, by Stephen Watson

 

Paintings by Wayne Adams, Loren Myhre, and Stephen Watson

On view February 11 - March 18, 2018  // Opening reception: February 11 with an Artist Talk by Curator Stephen Watson

Artist statement:

"Can pattern paintings preach? These colorful, mathematical, decorative paintings are the product of three artists trying to answer that question. For years, I (Stephen) have tried to make artwork that is both seriously faithful and seriously contemporary, that could withstand the scrutiny of Christian theologians and art theorists alike. Working somewhere between those two worlds has been fruitful, but lately I've been intrigued by a third world that doesn't belabor theology or theory, a world that is occupied by the general public.

Paintings are naturally quiet, but they are all the more silent when you strip them of narrative and recognizable imagery. Can pattern paintings still preach? What good news, if any, can emerge from the silence of simple shapes? Consider this: I am encouraged by the fact that mathematics is a discovery, not an invention. The truths of geometry, for example, were woven into the fabric of the universe. They were here before we understood them, and they will remain even after we're gone. And among all the nothingness and silence of this show, perhaps this one whisper is surprisingly good news: If a few shapes can fit together, perhaps our lives might fit together, as well." 

Wayne Adams (MFA, Washington University) works at Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY. 

Loren Myrhe (MFA, Parsons School of Design) is a full-time artist in Louisville, KY.

Stephen Watson (MFA, The University of Alabama) teaches at Samford University in Birmingham, AL.

 

 
 

Roadside Jesus

Photograph by Tim Robertson

Photograph by Tim Robertson

 

A collaborative American photo project curated by Michael Howard. 

On view October 7 - November 18, 2018 // Deadline to submit: August 1, 2018

 About the project:

"Roadside Jesus is a collaborative photo project within the United States of America. Images of billboards, church signs, bumper stickers, etc. are submitted for the project and curated by Michael Howard. The goal of the project is to see the broad spectrum of signs across America that speak of the Bible, God, Jesus, Heaven, Hell and other American Christian topics. There is no predetermined message behind the project. Part of the beauty of collaborating with photographers across the United States is seeing the varying perspectives on this theme, which will hopefully lead to interesting conversations and a gallery exhibit."

-Michael Howard, curator

How to Submit: 

To submit your work for the Roadside Jesus Photo Project send an email to submit@roadsidejesus.org with the following information:

  • Images should be 1200px on the long side at 72dpi
  • Titles for each image
  • Location of where the image was taken
  • Photographer Name
  • Photographer Website
  • Photographer Instagram Handle
  • Photographer Phone and Email

View more of Roadside Jesus on Instagram or roadsidejesus.org