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‘Anomaly’ showcased at Don Jenkins Gallery

Anomaly, an exibition by Sam Matthews, will be shown at Austin Peay State University Department of Art in the the Don Jenkins Gallery at the Morgan University Center.

Anomaly will premiere at 7 p.m., Monday, April 7 in the Don Jenkins Gallery, located on the third floor of the Morgan University Center with a reception on opening night. The exhibition will remain on display until Wednesday, April 10 and is is free and open to the public. Matthews is an art major on track to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture in May.

A resident of Clarksville, Matthews’s exhibition will consist of several large wood sculptures, which he describes as, “large ambiguous forms meant to entertain the eyes and create visual significance by arousing curiosity in the viewer.”

“I look to avoid much of the mental baggage that accompanies representational work to fashion a more direct dialogue between the piece and the viewer.” — Sam Mathews

Matthews works primarily with found wood and steel. “To add to the appeal and dynamic of my piece, I look to affix a sense of movement or the possibility of rearrangement in the hopes of adding another dimension of interest. Each piece is meant to be one of a kind, foreign, something the viewer has never seen before and probably won’t see again,” he said.

“Statistically a person in an art museum looks at each piece for an average of three seconds; I look to gain that fourth second, a moment of contemplation and disorder. I don’t want the viewer to have to be an artist to appreciate or analyze my work. I don’t want to try to tell people what they see or how they should look at it. My work is a dialogue between the sculpture and the viewer, not the artist and the viewer.” — Sam Matthews

For more information about Anomaly, contact the art department by telephone at (931) 221-7333.

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Tina Massey is with Austin Peay State University's Public Relations and Marketing Department. Austin Peay State University is Tennessee's Fastest Growing University. They offer complete associate, bachelor and masters degree programs and are the state's leading provider of online programs.

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