Space 204 (Vanderbilt University) / 1204 25th Ave. S., E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center June 13, 2018 - August 30, 2018
Douglas Degges, Sarah Smith
Fish Hotel is a two-person exhibition of recent video, photographic, and sculptural work by Douglas Degges and Sarah Phyllis Smith. Both artists explore the space between idea and feeling, where creative processes move between being verbal and non-verbal. This space is the ground upon which invention, storytelling, and identity building take place. Here, image-making is approached as a physical thinking process and objects become vehicles for memory and containers of place. For this exhibition, both Sarah and Douglas are working with materials and processes not typically found in their studio practices. For Sarah, whose photographs remain rooted in autobiographical narratives, this work is a move toward abstraction. Images, objects, and sounds are broken down into their simplest forms. Douglas’s work, which typically engages painting and abstraction, embraces representational imagery and storytelling. Looking to the landscape of Northern Louisiana for subject matter and inspiration, Douglas welcomes play, material exploration, and the use of found objects into his studio practice for the first time.