Past Knoxville Event: VOL 18

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VOL 18

February 11, 2016
@ The Bijou Theatre

Doors at 6:30

Presentations at 7:20

Poster Designer: Jody Collins

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Modified Saints

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

In 'Modified Saints', Julie Jack attempts to visually express goodness in people in likely and unlikely places and to satirize expected goodness where it is lacking.  By placing everyday subjects in a religious context, Julie creates modified saints that are symbolized in various formats which are then literally embedded into a clear plastic resin, ideally revealing an image that simultaneously cheapens an icon and elevates a less likely figural representation.  The transparency inadvertently exposes “good” or “evil” while acting as a unifier of the disparate pieces.  

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Perseverance Through Failure

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Learnings as a child and working on a multitude of failed projects, Jody Collins explores what keeps him going on a current project that’s been riddled with issues since the beginning and still incomplete. 

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On A Corner Of Gay Street

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Is the Bijou Theatre really haunted as a 2004 Knoxville News-Sentinel article alleges?  What is the forgotten tragedy of the 4th Floor? Is it really Knox Heritage's fault and why does it still matter? What egregious omission has the Bijou Theatre Foundation perpetuated and how can they rectify it?

These questions and more may be answered when award winning Lamar House-Bijou Theatre historian Dean Novelli condenses 200 years of history into a 400 second presentation in the unique Pecha-Kucha 20 x 20 format.

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A Sherpa for Your Birth

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

In this presentation, Barbara Steppe explores the world's oldest profession! Not that one...the other oldest profession - helping women to birth their babies. And that is a doula: a woman who provides emotional and physical support to a mother in her childbearing year. FreeSpirit Birth is the name of her doula practice and her intention is to awaken her community - one with a less than desirable set of birth statistics - to a very simple, tried & true way to improve birth outcomes and emotional satisfaction.

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The Moon is my Scholar Rock

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

"I was really interested in the challenge of replicating these textures, patterns, and forms of meteorites."

For Matthew Cummings, artwork has always been personal journey for escape and meditation in both the making process and viewing.  "The Moon is my Scholar Rock" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 18 is a look at the work from his last solo exhibition, 'The Moon is my Gongshi'.  This group of work examined the moon as an object of meditation, the tradition of Chinese Scholar Rocks or Gongshi, and the inspiring career of his grandfather-in-law, Charles Bradshaw, who ran the computations department for NASA during the development of Rocket Technology. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. 

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Authenticity, The Italian Artisan, and Wood

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Wood speaks for itself. The tree grows for years, learning about the Earth, becoming its own, developing character. Never perfect, but a unique form a life that always seems to mesmerize. Kellen Catani and his company Purebred Wood and Craft Co. cherishes this imperfection. When it is time for the tree to move on, they repurpose its life into functional and beautiful objects, fully embracing the culture of the Italian artisan as they labor. Purebred exposes the persona that resides in the tree and therefrom create their own expression of authenticity, always exemplifying a deep respect for this material that no man can truly comprehend.

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Knoxville’s 225 Years: What Difference Have We Made?

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Knoxville's beloved historian Jack Neely covers 225 years of Knoxville history to explore what created the city and what it means for the future of this Scruffy City.

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It’s All a Blank Canvas

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

"How do I keep the creative fires burning as a grown-ass man, with taxes due and a bum knee."

In "It’s All a Blank Canvas" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 18Chris McAdoo shares his creative journey to today, both personally and professionally…and what keeps the creative fires burning as age, responsibilities, and (at least to an extent) maturity, sneak up on a "grown-ass man." 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, June 6th 2016. 

Jody Collins
Graphic Designer / Photographer / Illustrator / Videographer in Knoxville
Barbara Steppe
Doula, FreeSpirit Birth in Knoxville
Dale Mackey
Pie Maker/Writer/Maker/Small Business Owner, The Central Collective in Knoxville
Kellen Catani
Designer, Maker, Purebred Wood and Craft co. in knoxville
Chris McAdoo
Artist, Graphic Designer, Best Behavior Creative Club in Knoxville, TN
Julie Jack
Art Professor, Artist, Small Business Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tennessee
Dean Novelli
local history researcher & writer in Knoxville
Jack Neely
Writer, Knoxville History Project in Knoxville
Matthew Cummings
Artist/Designer, Matthew Cummings Studios in Knoxville
Shawn Poynter
Photographer, Shawn Poynter Photography in Knoxville