Art & Art History

Sewanee: The University of the South

Janie Askew: ‘Time Don’t Mean Nothing to a Pig’ exhibition

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building

Fri, January 18, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Please join us this Friday, January 18 at 4:30 PM for the Opening Reception and Artist Talk for Time Don’t Mean Nothing to a Pig, a solo exhibition of drawings by Janie Askew, artist, educator and curator from Charleston, South Carolina.

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is pleased to present Time Don’t Mean Nothing to a Pig, an exhibition of highly detailed drawings by Charleston artist Janie Askew.

In Askew’s drawings, human and animal hybrids, Christ-like figures, dogs with gnashing teeth and bare carcasses all come together in surreal worlds where viewers are confronted with a marriage of alluring textures and grotesque imagery. Askew believes that our primal, natural instincts and our desire to become more civilized are at war. Her exquisite and meticulously detailed drawings explore this concept by investigating the war between our sexual desires, bodily functions, nature and each other.

Tackling taboo subjects such as bodily fluids, sex and violence, Askew states, “Life is full of nausea, blood, urine, orgasms, mucus and all things deemed inappropriate. When we are born, we are blood streaked and stained, a blithering sack of all things abject…This work is a depiction of the human condition, which includes our birth and our unstoppable lust for violence that coincides with this very first experience.” About her work, curator Didi Dunphy states, “Askew grabs you, shakes you up and leaves you just astounded. The tightly feminist gaze and her über-skilled hand generate outstanding drawn works, complex in their abstract forms, interwoven bodies, textural intensity and social political accusations.”

Janie Askew received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Georgia and her BFA in Printmaking from East Carolina University. She has been featured in Creative Quarterly:  The Journal of Art and Design: a publication run out of New York, NY. Her recent exhibitions include: the Bradley International Print Exhibition, in Peoria, IL, at Klein Projects, New York, NY, MOCA GA Expansion Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA, Gallery 1010, Knoxville, TN, Wellington B. Gallery, Greenville, NC, and the Rainbow Gallery, SUNY Brockport, NY.  She is included in the special collections at Yale University, New Haven, CT and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

The exhibition runs from January 18 – February 10, 2013

Carlos Gallery
Nabit Art Building
105 Kennerly Road
University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee
gallery hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 -
contact: Jessica Wohl     931.598.1256


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