Sheehan, Heine and Perreault Photography Show

When: Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 16 2011

The latest senior show at Watkins finds three photographers presenting personal pictures that say as much about the people behind the lenses as the subjects in front of them. The images we’ve seen look strong, and it’s likely this exhibition will offer even more evidence of the importance of Watkins’ influence on Nashville’s always-growing art scene. The stark and stately black-and-white images in Iowa native Camille Perreault’s State of Change series document the troubled Iowa farms and struggling farmers she grew up with. Lauren Elizabeth Heine hails from a military family in Alabama, and according to the show’s press materials, her Uniform Identity reveals that “there’s a shadowy veil cast over those within the service branches, creating what has been described as a secret world.” Nashville native Patrick Sheehan’s images are personal to an extreme — instead of strictly capturing the world, he documents his own perceptions of it. Sheehan’s large-format color photographs recontextualize the everyday, creating unique compositions that ask questions about both the art of photography and the act of seeing itself. Also at Watkins this weekend is their annual Yart Sale, where small student works are available for purchase just in time for the holidays.

Joe Nolan

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