By Denise Stewart-Sanabria
When you entered the Knoxville Museum of Art’s main entrance during the exhibition Contemporary Focus 2016: John Powers (May 6 – August 7, 2016), you could already hear the sounds emanating from the gallery space. The sounds were not unlike something coming from a vintage horror movie: the voices of the damned as they entered an endless inferno, or the screams and moans of the banshees. The reason for the lack of any discernible words became obvious when you saw the source of the sound- dozens of metal rods rotating inside the mechanized arms of a massive wooden sculpture. Powers’ installation consisted of the kinetic sculpture, Locus (2015), made from oak, poplar, aspen, steel, brass, plastic and electric motor, Revenant (2014), video projection, and Omphalos (2010), carved marble and feathers.