Chris Scarborough and Collin Asmus @ Nabit Gallery

For Immediate Release

Between Is and Was

Recent work by Collin Asmus and Chris Scarborough

February 26th – March 25th, 2010

Opening Reception and Artist’s Talk February 26th, 4:30 PM

Carlos Gallery, Nabit Art Building, Sewanee: The University of the South, 105 Kennerly Road; Sewanee, TN 37375, Gallery Hours: M-F 8-5, S-S 12-5

For more information, contact Prof. Greg Pond at (931) 598 1870 or

The Carlos Gallery and the Studio Art program at Sewanee: The University of the South are proud to present Between Is and Was, an exhibition of recent drawings and paintings by Collin Asmus and Chris Scarborough.  In the way they render and translate images, both artists propose fusions of seemingly disparate cultural forms: internet webcams and landscape painting; meticulous figure drawing and apocalyptic violence.


Using many diverse elements such as Japanese pop culture and art history, to science fiction, Chinese propaganda posters, and real life, Nashville-based artist Chris Scarborough creates work that explores the grey areas that form when cultural and contextual boundaries erode and cross paths.

Scarborough’s most recent work centers on the idea of an existence after an ambiguous cataclysm like a new Big Bang. The viewer is unsure what kind of bang it was exactly, and now – though the world seems similar to our own – some things are askew and strange, as if current ideas and elements of popular culture have become literal agents of evolution. Scarborough’s images leave viewers on uneasy ground – experiencing something familiar and yet not; and unable to look away for risk that they might miss a detail that reveals everything.


My paintings depict spaces and people captured via public Internet webcams. I am interested in technology’s impact on our public and private lives and the voyeuristic aspect of webcam media. I am also intrigued by my ability to depict situations “live” without physically being there. I like using this technology to put a contemporary spin on working with traditional mediums and subject matter such as portraiture, genre scenes and the landscape.

All are welcome to the opening reception and artists’ talk for Between Is and Was on Friday, February 26th, 2010, at 4:30 PM. Both events will take place in the Carlos Gallery, located on the Sewanee campus at 105 Kennerly Road.  Visitor parking is available in the gravel lot behind the Nabit Art Building.

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