Austin Cathey, BFA Exhibition

Re-collection Immemorial

Austin Cathey, BFA Senior Exhibition in Drawing
April 27 – May 1, 2015
S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closing Reception: Friday, May 1, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Artist Statement:
Re-collection Immemorial is an abstract series that is driven by the foundational concept, as well as the research behind it.  In these drawings, I use ink and water as a metaphor for time, experience, and memory.  With the evaporation of water and the fading of ink to create nonrepresentational forms, the imagery references the fragile and unreliable nature of human memory.  I also utilize layers, both collaged and with ink, to allude to the ever-growing amount of information that even the average American compiles on a daily basis.  The driving force behind this concept arose from my desire to come to terms with my own fragmented memory, which is mostly just absent. As such the basis of Re-collection Immemorial is rooted in personal development.  In addition to using art as a means of healing, I also used this series as a means of pushing my artistic limits and exploring my role as an artist. 

Prior to attending UNC Asheville, my art education had only exposed me to the idea that fine art had to be photorealistic.  However, by using time, gravity, and chance, I used these drawings to explore my options as a contemporary artist.  In this way, I was greatly inspired by Jackson Pollock, who allowed his paintings to come to life in an organic and spontaneous way.  Visually this series was also inspired by contemporary abstract artist such as Seana Reilly and Val Britton.   Since Re-collection Immemorial doesn’t contain much representational imagery, the expressive forms convey more questions than answers.  My drawings give the viewer a quiet opportunity to have an inner conversation with the work, inspiring reflection, and contemplation.—Austin Cathey.

The exhibition is the culmination of Cathey's work toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in drawing.

Images:

(top) Austin Cathey, Lethe: The Endless Washing of Remnants from BFA Senior Exhibition. Ink on Paper. 24 x 36 inches. 2015.

(bottom) Austin Cathey, Hold Your Head Up High Above the Unfamiliarity of it All. Ink, Paper, Draft Film. 7 x 9 feet. 2015.