Visiting Artists: Govette and Boismenu

ETSU MFAs: Lyn Govette and Nick Boismenu

When: September 29   November 3, 2017
Where: Second Floor Gallery, Owen Hall

Opening Reception: Friday, September 29, 6-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Monday–Friday

Free and Open to the Public

About the Artist:
Lyn Govette completed her Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in fibers at East Tennessee State University in August 2017. While at ETSU, she was president of the Student Photography Association and the Student Fibers and Textiles Association. She presented her thesis exhibition, Es.sen.tial, at Tipton Gallery in Johnson City, Tennessee, February 27 through March 27, 2017. She won the 3-D Award for her entry in the 2015 spring Student Honor Show. A resident of Johnson City, Lyn earned an undergraduate degree at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippa, West Virginia, and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska’s School of Allied Health Professions. She is a member of Build It Up East Tennessee, a group dedicated to supporting local food and sustainable agriculture, and a volunteer master gardener, coordinating the Tree Streets Garden Project. In addition, she was co-curator of the Behind the Lens exhibit at Tipton Gallery in March 2015. 

Artist Statement:
"This work is the culmination of my exploration and witnessing of a place called Wise County, Virginia, most specifically Looney Ridge. This place has been degraded by the use of the extractive industry called Mountain Top Removal (MTR), which is done to obtain the last available seams of coal from the mountains in the Appalachian coalfields. I chose to examine the landscape left behind photographically as the first step in this process of creating a visual narrative of my response to MTR. The method for this was to lay out for the viewer a seduction of beauty that belies the devastation that humans have wrought on these mountains and valleys in the name of need, progress, of what is "vital" to sustain us. Admittedly subjective and seen through my own personal lens, the images selected were intended to show MTR as the harsh reality it is.  The digitally re-imaged textiles displayed on the walls of the gallery portray the ridge’s powerful yet fragile nature. There is a complexity to this issue of coal mining and the impact its presence has had on our lives and the disappearance of coal as resource will have when it is gone. The portrayal of this knotty issue is to be expressed by the layering, piecing, and stitching back into the images."

Read More about Lyn Govette
Lyn Govette (Blurb Book, Jesus in My Rearview Window)


About the Artist:
Nick Boismenu is a third-year Master of Fine Arts Candidate at East Tennessee State University. He did his thesis exhibition (Indirect Measure) at Reece Museum at ETSU, May 8 through June 2, 2017. His first degree was in Psychology, but he became interested in ceramics while at the University of South Carolina, and with his professor's encouragement, he began his study of ceramics. "Boismenu has his sights set on the future. Right now he is working on finding the next residency or location where he can continue to explore ceramics and new ways to use 10,000-year-old ideas. I suppose the future, for me, is largely based on the response I get from the viewer and ceramic community at large,” Boismenu said. “I am currently submitting my work to as many juried exhibitions and residency opportunities as I can, in the hope that people will gain insight into ceramics, but more importantly, insight into the nature of art and the art object.” (Quotes from Johnson City Press).

Artist's Statement: [To read a full artist's statement, follow this link]

"If an object has an associated function, at some point within its evaluation, it will be analyzed according to that function. Thus, that object’s function can distort or “give a misleading account or impression” (as defined by a Google search) of that object when being presented and appraised as art. This distortion is subjective and largely depends on the strength of experiential association between form and function held by the viewer.

In realizing this, my work exhibits a non-art object (the ceramic vessel), crafted to lack any surface design which might prompt the viewer to analyze the vessels individually, presented within an assemblage paradigm. The purpose of their presentation within the assemblage paradigm is to act as a prompt for critical analysis and inform the viewer that the sculpture as a whole is meant to be evaluated as assemblage art.  That is to say, my work is intended to be analyzed based on correlation between the component parts and the sculpture as a whole. 

The intended correlation within each of the pieces presented during my thesis exhibition is that art is the product of craft...assemblage is the product of material handling."

Read more about Nick Boismenu's MFA thesis exhibition Indirect Measure. He was quoted as saying about his exhibition, "My work explores abstract expressionism through the assemblage of traditional utilitarian pots. I use the ceramic vessel as the basic component in my sculptures because of its universal familiarity as an object, as well as its diverse material tradition able to produce a range of basic compositional elements. As sculptural objects, the assemblages stand as abstractions of time."


Image Identification for Govette and Boismenu

Lyn Govette. St. Paul on the way to Damascus, digitally printed silk and cotton hand embroidered, 2016.

Lyn Govette. Unsettled, digitally printed painted, hand, and machine stitched Kona cotton, 2017.

Lyn Govette, An Unnamed Road in Appalachia, digitally printed cotton panels hand and machine embroidered, 2017.

Nick Boismenu, Building Blocks, Stoneware

Nick Boismenu, Craft3, Stoneware, 2016

Nick Boismenu, Eclipse, Stoneware, 2016