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“OBEY: CATCH 22” Homage to Wyatt J. Moody, Exhibition of Prints at Slocumb Galleries


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The ETSU Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Wyatt J. Moody Printmaking Biennial present “OBEY: Catch 22” an exhibition of prints featuring Wyatt J. Moody’s work and 22 ETSU Alumni from June 4 to 29, 2012, at the Slocumb Galleries. Meet the artists during the reception on June 11, Monday from 4 to 6 p.m.
The exhibit is curated by ETSU Department of Art & Design Printmaking Program Director, Prof. Ralph Slatton, he states “works included in the exhibition all share a strong commonality of humor, irony, or sense of the surreal” reminiscent of Moody’s creative philosophy.  Slatton describes the essence of Moody’s work as “collage of dreamlike images, often challenging authority and social conventions, that brought light to darkened places, assembling fragments of some obscure secret.” Moody found satisfaction in creating images of subjects that at times were strange or taboo in order to make his viewers think, as he described it “juxtaposing images that didn’t necessarily belong together” to find some “hidden narrative, not found on a quick glance” providing opportunity for his viewers to “dissect the image and place it into their own context.”

The participating artists are: Zach Armistead, Jessica Augier, Eric Bachman, Kyle Blauw, Laken Bridges, Meara Bridges, Christine Buchanan, Reese Chamness, Brian Godwin, Greg Howser, Liz Layton, Amber Moore, Lindsey Morrow, Derick Morton, Matt Oerly, Nicole Osborne, Daruth Padilla, Marie Porterfield Barry, Kevin Reaves, Amanda Richardson, Stephanie Streeter and Kenneth Webb.


Wyatt Moody PrintThe title “OBEY: CATCH 22” evolved from the initial suggestion from some of the participating artists who shared Moody’s affinity with the printmaking process.  Moody was much inspired by the controversial street artist, Shepard Fairey's work, "OBEY” featuring a stylized image of wrestler Andre the Giant, a popular street art icon which was designed to encourage people to contemplate and search for their own meaning. Slatton added the “catch 22” phrase to accentuate the convolution of meaning that Moody’s and each of the participating artists’ work represent. His curatorial statement concludes with optimism that involves its audience, “In the same sense, work chosen for the show were those which took a complex take on reality, at times veering at darkened corners, but always bestowing, or requiring us to bring our own source of illumination.”

The Slocumb Galleries are located at Ernest C. Ball Hall, along Sherrod Drive, ETSU Campus. The galleries are open to the public free of charge, Mondays thru Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours during receptions. Contact SG Director Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay via email or call 423.483.3179 for more information. You may also visit www.etsu.edu/cas/art/slocumb or the ETSU PlanIt Calendar under Museum & Galleries or Visual Arts categories. To learn more about the art of Wyatt J. Moody, please visit http://wyattmoody.arthoughts.org.