Genesis: Samuel Dunson, Brandon Donahue, & Marlos E’van February 2017

February 4 – February 26, 2017
Opening reception February 4, 6-9pm

COOP Gallery is pleased to present Genesis, a group exhibition by Nashville-based artists Samuel Dunson, Brandon Donahue, and Marlos E’van. Each artist manifests materials and subject matter that have gone through cycles of life.

Sam Dunson’s recent work challenges the latest events of racism, politics, and gun violence through narrative and text that often tell stories linking the past and present. He holds an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and has shown work at The Rymer Gallery, Smithsonian Musuems , and Vanderbilt University.

The meticulously arranged basketball blooms of Brandon Donahue explore the life of each basketball in the context of the mundane object. Brandon earned his MFA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in Knoxville, TN. He has exhibited work and painted murals in Germany, Nashville, and New York.

Through the use of recycled materials and media ranging from ceramics to crayon, Marlos E’van’s raw depiction and confrontation of black male experience often presents images that confront the tension between perception and reality. He is a recent graduate of Watkins College of Art and Design earning his BFA. His work has recently been featured in Hyperallergic and Number: Inc.

For the show at COOP, each artist works with the combination of painting, sculpture, and installation that represent ideas or objects that have a past but have been recycled and afforded a new beginning.