Zeitgeist is pleased to present two artists new to the area: Justin Plakas and Jessica Wohl. In keeping with Zeitgeist’s tradition of summer exhibitions reaching into the area studio community, these two artists kick off the first of two “project space” shows.

Jessica Wohl is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at The University of the South in Sewanee. Her recent work continues to build on themes of “Suburbia” and incorporates drawing, photography, and embroidery/sewing. Elements of family life recognizable to most anyone anywhere are deconstructed and re-purposed to talk about experiences we all share regardless of where we grew up. According to the artist:

"These works explore the relationship between what we reveal and what we conceal, and what the symptoms and consequences may be of doing so."

Jessica recently earned her MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia and has recently shown work at Gallery F. here in Nashville. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, her exhibitions include shows in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, and most recently in Trondheim, Norway and Helsinki, Finland.

Justin Plakas makes art with film cameras, video cameras, scanners, broken keyboards (and whatever else you got). His portraits, “motion scans”, Polaroids, and videos strike common chords but gravitate “towards things that might be just a little off” and are often humorous.

The camera has allowed me to approach people and investigate spaces that I wouldn't have otherwise. Things that may feel normal at first glance, but embedded in them are small pieces of a puzzle hinting towards a greater narrative, and leaving the viewer questioning what they are seeing.

Justin will provide a video installation and is currently an MFA candidate in Photography at the University of Georgia - Lamar Dodd School of Art.


Justin Plakas

Jessica Wohl 

July 7 through July 30, 2011