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Knoxville Museum of Art presenting exciting contemporary art exhibits

contemporary focusContemporary Focus 2016 by John Douglas Powers. Locus, 2015, oak, poplar, aspen, steel, brass, plastic and electric motor, 4.5 ft. x 22 ft. x 22 ft.. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Knoxville Museum of Art is presenting two new exhibitions: FULL STOP: Tom Burckhardt and Contemporary Focus 2016: John Douglas Powers. Both exhibitions run May 6-August 7, 2016.


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Tom Burckhardt, FULL STOP, 2004-2006, acrylic paint on cardboard, glue, wood, and metal, various sizes. Image courtesy of the artist.

FULL STOP is an elaborate, room-sized installation fabricated entirely of cardboard and ink by New York-based painter Tom Burckhardt. It takes the form of a mythical modern artist’s studio, complete with hundreds of lifelike tools, paint brushes, and other supplies, each painstakingly constructed of cardboard, the details rendered in ink with great attention to the smallest details. Organized by the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio. Presenting sponsor for FULL STOP: Tom Burckhardt is McCarty, Holsaple, McCarty Architects and Interior Designers.

Contemporary Focus 2016 is part of a series of exhibitions organized by the KMA that spotlights significant but under-recognized artists living and working in East Tennessee. John Douglas Powers, assistant professor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville School of Art, is this year’s featured artist. His larger-than-life motorized machine-like sculptures and video projections combine cinema, engineering, computation, music, and physical space, drawing from areas as diverse as natural history, architecture, and the history of technology. Presenting sponsors for Contemporary Focus 2016: John Douglas Powers include Emerson Process Management and Texas Instruments. Media sponsors for both exhibitions include Access Systems Inc, Digital Media Graphix, Kurt Zinser Design, and WBIR.

The public is invited to an exhibition preview reception on Thursday, May 5, 5:30-7:30pm, preceded by a gallery talk by Full Stop artist Tom Burckhardt at 4:30pm. Contemporary Focus 2016 artist John Douglas Powers will give a talk at the museum on Wednesday, June 15, 5:30-7pm. These events are free and open to the public.

Published April 24, 2016

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