City of Knoxville Tennessee Arts CommissionAmerican Alliance of Museum


Focus 2011

August 26-November 6, 2011

This is the third installment of an annual show that serves as a vital means of recognizing, supporting, and documenting the development of contemporary art in East Tennessee. Contemporary Focus 2011 artists are John Bissonette, Brian Jobe, and Greg Pond.

Contemporary Focus is an annual KMA series that serves as a vital means of recognizing, supporting, and documenting the development of contemporary art in East Tennessee. Each year the series presents emerging artists who work in new and experimental ways.

Contemporary Focus 2011 features three artists who work through different methods but share an aesthetic concern exploring concepts of space in innovative ways. John Bissonette uses traditional materials such as paint and canvas to produce colorful scenes of urban decay. His images reference banners or flags from abandoned storefronts and display windows once used to attract the attention of passersby, but now exist as mute abstract shapes. Brian Jobe transforms three-dimensional objects using brightly colored zip-ties. The thousands of ties extend otherwise ordinary objects into new, imposing forms. Greg Pond works with computer technology to program interactive, responsive sculptures, often using sound as a primary medium. His structures act as generative bases for tracking, manipulating, and projecting sounds made by audience members as they move through the exhibition space.

Presenting sponsors for Contemporary Focus are Jennifer and Greg Dunn with additional support from the MacLean Foundation.

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