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DeFord's Work Focus of Gallery Exhibition
September 6, 2017

The work of artist Nick DeFord will be featured in the Catron Art Gallery at Walters State Community College this semester. The Gallery is located in the R. Jack Fishman Library on the Morristown Campus.
DeFord is the program and studio manager for Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg. His work explores the the visual culture of cartography and geographical souvenirs and other structures of information altered to examine the relationship of identity, space and place. 
“The disruption of these visual systems reveals a thin boundary between the known and unknown,” DeFord said. DeFord also uses his art to study mysterious places and things.
“I select for subject matter places and themes that are infamous for their mystery. These mysterious themes may be the habitation of monsters, centers of conspiracy, occult devices or vortices of mysticism. Strange locales, threatening in their otherness, provide stark contrast to the comfort and security of home. Anxiety increases when we realize that the physical world, in its infiniteness of space and time, borders on the unexplored and unexplainable,” DeFord said.
DeFord will talk about his work at 11 a.m. on Nov. 8 in the theatre inside the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex. The public is welcome. DeFord is also expected to talk briefly about Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts.
The exhibit begins Sept. 29 and runs through Nov. 30. Admission to the Catron Art Gallery is free. The gallery is open during the library’s regular hours: 8 a.m.-8:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on Friday. Please note that the library is closed when the college is closed.