The Art Gallery at Volunteer State Community College will be showing the work of artist Matt Eddmenson of Nashville. The exhibit is open to the public. A graduate of The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Eddmenson draws from a range of influences and sources for his practice, including Cowboy Comics, Pop Art, and the work of Cy Twombly. His works are gatherings and reconfigurations of American imagery and iconography, commonly featuring cowboys, skulls, and rodeo horses. He also incorporates images from the golden age of comics and tattoo culture.
“I work from my memories as a child, I learned to draw by tracing comic book covers over and over until I was able to draw these characters from memory — I have a deep admiration for comic book art,” Eddmenson said.
Reviewers say works like "A Long Winded Sigh" (2021) and “The Calm Feeling of Chaos” (2021) demonstrate Eddmenson’s ability to reference western comics, his love for postmodern masters, and the great colorists of the 21st century.
The exhibit is free. It begins on August 23 and will be on display until September 24. The gallery is located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. It is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the Vol State Gallery manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-230-3200.
Pictured: partial image from Matt Eddmenson, “The Calm Feeling of Chaos” (2021)