The Department of Art announces the opening of Ink Indefinite, a series of sculptural works by Vanderbilt alumnus David Krenz (BA’14), on Thursday, February 4, from 4 to 6 pm in Space 204 Gallery in the Ingram Studio Arts Center.
On view through March 24, Krenz’s sculptural series is based on the Turritopsis dohrnii species of jellyfish, commonly known as the “Immortal Jellyfish.” These jellyfish can reverse their biotic cycle from their fully mature form to their polyp stage using a unique process that is not found elsewhere in the entire animal kingdom. This continual cycle of deterioration and regeneration can theoretically allow a jellyfish of this species to bypass death indefinitely.
Ink Indefinite asks the question, “What would it be like to be trapped in an endless cycle of life and death?” The series displays several interpretations of the immortal jellyfish, drawing inspiration from such forms as embryos, eggs, squids, birds, and ghosts. This series addresses themes prevalent in Krenz’s previous works, including altered states of physical and psychological existence, consciousness, and the ethereal.
Krenz, recipient of the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award in 2014, graduated from Vanderbilt with a double major in studio art and music, both of which profoundly influenced his senior show piece, World of Sleepers. Although historically working in photography or video, Krenz has recently developed an interest in contemporary sculpture exhibitions. Since relocating to Los Angeles, he has met many sculptors and visited numerous design shows and conventions, serving as the springboard for his present work.
Krenz plans to continue in his artistic endeavors, including collaborations with other Vanderbilt graduates, and seeking admission into interactive media MFA programs in California.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Space 204 is located at 25th Avenue South and Garland Avenue in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center on the Vanderbilt campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. On street parking is available along Garland Avenue and in the nearby parking lots.
For more information, please contact the Department of Art at 615-343-7241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.