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Always Never Now from Matt Christy

at WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery), Nashville TN

Sep 05
Always Never Now from Matt Christy

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will welcome alumnus Matt Christy back to Nashville by presenting an exhibition of paintings from his series Always Never Now during the September 5 show at its downtown gallery WAG.

Christy’s large collage paintings are like stills from perverse, goofy, existential Saturday morning cartoons. Their intense colors against chalky black backgrounds create an uneasy feeling of blaring brass sounds.

Christy’s homecoming show will also provide an opportunity to meet Watkins’ new President, J. Kline, Ph.D., whose tenure as the school’s 16th leader began mid-July.

Always Never Now is a series of works that have taken different forms: drawings, animation, performance, and even music. In the center collage two horn players garishly announce a car wreck, as if celebrating this moment of self-destruction. Furniture rolls, signals skip off heads, and symbols bounce around in a blank night. They have banners with perverse and truncated messages. According to Christy, “The phrase ‘Always Never Now’ is a self-contradicting phrase about constantly deferred hopes and revolutions that never arrive. It is about how time never fulfills its promises, but it’s also a constantly becoming liberation that comes through daily destruction.”

About the artist: 
Matt Christy is a figment, a water dog, a speck. He’s been in several failed relationships. He graduated with a BFA in Fine Art from Watkins in 2007. Then he built a goat shed out of mud. He recently got a stamp of approval from ole’ Degreeville University. [Editor’s note: It was the University of Oregon.] And now that he’s a master he spends his time honing his abilities to levitate. 

WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment throughout the month.

WAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues.  For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit


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WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery)

244 5th Ave. N, #77 Arcade, Nashville, TN 37246

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