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Vol State Art Gallery displays “Some Fool’s Mess” by Matt Eddmenson

Last updated on November 17, 2021

By Nathalie Recinos

Volunteer State Community College’s Gallatin campus is displaying art by Matt Eddmenson in the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building art gallery until Sept. 24.

Eddmenson is the artist behind the current art show in the Vol State Art Gallery, “Some Fool’s Mess.” He is from Kentucky and is a graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He now shares his artwork in Nashville, Tennessee. 

“‘Some Fool’s Mess’ is a body of work I’ve created over the past several months. The intent was to explore color and composition while using the subject matter I’ve used in older work. The paintings are made using acrylic, spray paint, and a collage of small drawings I’ve made and then placed on the canvas,” said Eddmenson. 

The exhibit is open and free to students. The exhibit is also available to others who wish to experience Eddmenson’s artwork. It opened Aug. 23 and the last day to visit will be Sept. 24.  According to the Vol State Art Gallery, students can visit the exhibit during the following days and the corresponding times.

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building. The pieces can also be viewed on Eddmenson’s Instagram profile.

Students will see Eddmenson includes drawings similar to comic books, skulls and cowboys. Eddmenson said he uses these drawings because they served a major part when he was learning how to draw. 

“I work from my memories as a child, I learned to draw by tracing comic book covers over and over until I was able to draw these characters from memory — I have a deep admiration for comic book art,” said Eddmenson. 

While growing up in Kentucky, Eddmenson said that looking at places where skateboarding was especially popular inspired the rebellious side of his artwork. California was an example.

“The comic book collecting as a kid and the artwork… . I always felt like it was unappreciated, and I feel like it was something that I had to do,” said Eddmenson. 

Eddmenson was chosen to work with the Vol State Gallery by Gallery Manager Jason Lascu. 

“With all art, including Eddmenson, my goal as gallery manager is to bring work that is both challenging and cutting edge. I tend to gravitate toward artwork that is bold, graphic and figurative in nature. Additionally, I appreciate work that tackles difficult subject matter and encourages viewers to reinvestigate and reflect on their own beliefs and ideals,” said Lascu.  

Filmmaker Spencer Showalter directed the short film, “Create and Destroy” to highlight Eddmenson’s passion and mindset while making his art. Showalter conveys this to the audience while displaying some of Eddmenson’s pieces.

“Filming Matt’s process was such a pleasant insight into the mind of a true creator. I reached out to him after finding his work on social media and being instantly drawn to it. It really invoked a sense of freedom and passion,” said Showalter.

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