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Del Rio's Regal Motel - Paintings by Matt McDole
At The Green Building Gallery
First Friday Trolley Hop and Reception:
January 20th, 2017, 7pm-10pm
DEL RIO’S REGAL MOTEL is the physical representation of a fictional motel in a city I’ve never visited. The kind of motel that always has more empty rooms than full ones. It has pop culture nods but carries a timeless theme and although it's inherently sweet, it may seem sad, violent, and full of lust at times. People have died there. People have had their hearts broken. It's full of murderers, past lovers, and philosophers. It has a beautiful rose garden and a pool that stays empty all year.
Adrienne graduated with her MFA in Printmaking from Northern Illinois University in 2015. She teaches drawing and printmaking classes and is currently a freelance art handler and installer in Louisville, KY. Her studio work has been exhibited across the U.S. and abroad.
In Constant Flux - Recent Work by Adrienne Miller
At The Green Building Gallery
First Friday Trolley Hop and Reception:
Within the tradition of landscape art, the term picturesque refers to a view where the human presence is apparent. We are often presented with a view or vista for our consideration. When viewing a landscape we are allowed to be objective, but when viewing ourselves, does that perspective change? I am using this thematic history to create works on paper that communicate an exploration of human psyche through a constructed space. In this world, fences and walls demarcate areas in an uncharted psychological territory. Serving as both protection and defense, I consider these barriers as both necessary and self imposed safeguards, ways of compartmentalizing or mental blocks that exist in our own cognitive borderlands.
Open land represents possibilities while the more confined environments allow a way to communicate tension or anxieties that we encounter on a day to day basis - literally at times feeling as though the walls are moving in on us. Here, holes serve as absences where earth displaced or tunneled through references our constant retrieval and archival of memory. Within some prints geometric shapes hover on the white paper. These fragments show the tension and duality that can coexist in the spaces we construct for ourselves. With the newest work, I am beginning to break apart the spaces into tiny details such as potted plants, ladder rungs, or the tilt of a roof line, showing us the aesthetic architecture that makes up our daily life.
In the series, Momentary Mechanisms, the spaces grow tighter and more intimate such as the interior of a home or office. Through changes in perspective and unrealistic coexistence, the work encourages the viewer to address their own environments as well as themselves. We move through our own world truly searching for a way to exist in the present moment without being too far in the future or past. -A.M.
After graduating from Murray State University in 2007 with her BFA in Studio Art, artist Adrienne Miller found her way from Kentucky to Nashville as a summer intern for Hatch Show Print , a world famous, 130+ year old letterpress shop. While still living in Tennessee, MIller spent 5 years working as the Studio Manager and Gallery Coordinator for Vanderbilt University's Department of Art. She has also served an exhibitions assistant for the Northern Illinois University Art Museum, as a preparator for the Speed Museum, as a summer staff intern at Spudnik Press , as the printmaking curator for the 2014 Chicago Printer’s Ball and as a workshop assistant for the 2014 Frogman's Print and Paper Workshop.
Adrienne graduated with her MFA in Printmaking from Northern Illinois University in 2015. She teaches drawing and printmaking classes and is currently a freelance art handler and installer in Louisville, KY. Her studio work has been exhibited across the U.S. and abroad.
Difference / Revisiting Abstraction, 2004 - 2016 Mixed Media Paintings by Joe McGee
November 4th - December 2nd, 20166
Louisville native, Joe McGee, b. 1954, received his BFA in Sculpture, from the University of Louisville in 1986. In 1988, McGee received a SAF/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship in Drawing. In 2012, McGee self-published a children's picture book, The Amazing Mr. Duke/ Diego's Circus, written and illustrated by the artist (McGee is known to switches styles in his art as his mood takes him, showing illustrative influenced work under his given name of Joseph).
McGee has continued a steady solo exhibit schedule for over 35 years, primarily at academic institutions in the region. His work can be found in many private and corporate collections, including Brown-Forman Corp. and the University of Louisville.
The Broken, Dead & Pretty - Photographs by Mickie Winters
August 12th - September 16th, 2016
The Broken, Dead and Pretty is a collection of new photo-based mixed media works by Louisville artist Mickie Winters. Winters is a highly prolific photojournalist, commercial photographer and conceptual artist whose work balances on the edge of overwhelming phycological weight and total freedom. Defined as a collection of memories, Winters’ images are somehow both lovingly comfortable and hauntingly cold.
She has exhibited extensively in the region and her work is housed in multiple private collections. Winters’ commercial clients have included Jack white, My Morning Jacket and Rachel Grimes as well as SPIN Magazine. Additionally, she has played a central role on the Louisville Magazine creative team where she has been the recipient of several awards from the Society of Professional Journalism. Winters also has a love for sharing her knowledge of digital and traditional photographic processes. She has taught several workshops and classes at The University of Louisville, Spalding University, Zoom Group Studio Works for the developmentally disabled as well as Assumption High School among others.
There is beauty in darkness and pain, the broken, dead and forgotten. There is value in that which you give value. It seems gracious to expose the beauty in those feared subjects, the things we want to bury. Remember the forgotten and rebirth those departed.
- M. Winters
Do Not Be Afraid - A selection of drawings, prints, mixed media and design by Jason Noble
July 1 - August 5, 2016
Do Not Be Afraid highlights the creative brilliance in the vast career of artist, musician, designer and genuine Louisville artistic champion, Jason Noble. Featuring over 100 works, the exhibit showcases only a small window of Noble’s decades long, nearly obsessive production of drawings, mixed media works and design. Focusing on a variety of themes including love, monsters, laborious hand-made holiday cards and graphically bold concert flyers, Do Not Be Afraid cites the dissection of human self perception, often times with humorous tone.
In many cases, the objects in the exhibit were likely not intended to be considered finished works of art. Rather, they are remnants of the unstoppable pull to create and anneal random/or contemplative thoughts, inside jokes and reactions to personal histories. Pieces in the show include a variety of small scale sketches on envelopes and napkins, manipulated photographic portfolios, silkscreened and hand-drawn concert flyers, doodles and notes on scraps of paper and post-its as well as an array of mixed media collages.
Jason Noble was first spotted in the wild in the fall of 1971, in the sub-urban marshes of Louisville, Kentucky. Early reports describe a bright, inquisitive being, with an unusual pro-ceding jet-black hairline, not unlike a chimpanzee. He displayed remarkable aptitude for visual art from a young age, through which he materialized insatiable passion for the fates of werewolves, creatures of the deep, Star Wars characters, and superheroes. Indeed, the exploits of superheroes became a calling, typified in his teenage years by a ‘Crossbow’ period, wherein he self-published comics starring a crime-fighter by the same name. His original style, morally-incisive storytelling and tireless work ethic garnered him respect from his peers, profiles in the Courier-Journal newspaper, and tenure in the Visual Arts program at DuPont Manual High School, where he excelled to the delight of all.
It was at Manual that Jason blossomed as an artistic wunderkind, developing a drawing style utterly original for his youth, and a body of work comprised of every discipline he could get his hands on. Frequently bizarre and darkly humorous, his work was also driven by a sincere eye for beaut y, from decaying, rusty train yards to the haunting lushness of moth wings. He attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore for two years (where painting and poetry intermarried to birth shellac-shellacked assemblages), worked as an illustrator for Crinkum-Crankum Design Studio of Louisville (under Doug Russell), and led several large-scale mural projects. But, ultimately, Music called out to him from its swampy lair, and Jason turned to it as his career focus in his early 20s.
That career would result in over 15 albums with five bands as well as solo projects at the time of his passing, but it was visual art that first filled the mind of the young Noble. Weaving through every project–not unlike small candies left to lure a castaway alien out of a forest–are the telltale droppings of visual art, calligraphy, and comic poetry by an iridescent creature seemingly not of this world, a truly gifted artist who never tired of conveying the beauty that surrounds us…in the sepia-ink rendering of a barfing swan.
In conjunction with Do Not Be Afraid, The Louisville Underground Music Archive will host Visuals by Jason Noble. Drawn from multiple collections of the (LUMA) project within the UofL Archives and Special Collections library, this small display will include album art, packaging mock-ups, merchandise designs, and original drawings in addition to posters and show flyers all done by the highly creative and prolific Jason Noble.
Visuals by Jason Noble will be on display July 1-31 outside Archives and Special Collections on the Lower Level of Ekstrom Library, open Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 9:00 PM, Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday Noon – 9:00 pm (Closed July 4th).
Do Not Be Afraid has been curated by Matt Loeser with contributions by Jeff Mueller and Greg King. Special thanks to Kyle Crabtree, Chris Higdon, Rachel Grimes, Kristin Furnish-Noble, Tim Furnish and The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
General, Particular Permanent, Passing Mixed Media works by Mandy Rogers Horton
The current work reflects on this kind of fabrication through collage and mixed media. The images collected from magazines serve as a vocabulary with which to negotiate desire, belief, and a search for understanding. The process of collage-- of culling, sorting, and composing with ready-made images-- parallels the process of composing both our physical lives and worldviews with pre-existing forms, language, and ideas.
General, Particular, Permanent, Passing
Mandy Rogers Horton is an artist working in paint and mixed media. Earning her MFA from American University in Washington D.C., she also studied at Anderson University, IN, The Queen’s University of Belfast, and The Chautauqua Institute, NY. Ms. Rogers Horton has been influenced by her time traveling and living in different countries including Germany, Italy, Austria and Chile. Her work has been exhibited in Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of Tennessee Arts Commission Professional Development Support Grant and a residency at The Vermont Studio Center. Her work was also included in the Tennessee Abstract Painters exhibit at Cheekwood Museum of Art.
Rogers Horton now lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, artist, Rocky Horton, and their children, where she is represented by The Arts Company. Her work has been featured in The Tennessean, Nashville Arts Magazine, and The Nashville Scene. Ms. Rogers Horton is a founding member of the Coop Gallery, a non-profit curatorial collective in Nashville. She has taught studio art and art history courses at several universities including MTSU, Lipscomb, Belmont, and Watkins College of Art and Design.
The Horse Of Course New Equine Paintings & Drawings by Jaime Corum
Horse of Course, is a reply I often make when asked the question, “What are you painting?” As an artist, I get an endless range of visual and emotional inspiration from my equine muse. And, because I ride and work with horses, I feel an empathic connection to their nature and movement very clearly. I can’t really explain why I am so drawn to this creature, both in life and in art, but it is a constant and rewarding pull.
As I paint the horse in some point of action or emotion, the accumulated memories of my time with horses breathe life into my subject. All my sense memories—sight, but also sound, smell and touch—add richness and inspiration to my process. I attempt to bring full attention to the main subject of my work, giving as much realism and presence as I can to the horse while letting the background be minimal. In this body of work especially, my backgrounds are intentionally secondary—a simple color-field, textural brushwork or even pure black openness. Taking the equine subject out of a specific context has always appealed to me because it leaves room for interpretation and gives the subject more symbolic flexibility. Also, I like how the flatness of the negative space allows the horse’s form to appear more dimensional in contrast and “pop off” the canvas.
Above all in these works, I hope to convey both the power and the subtlety of the horse, to show both the ideal and the individual simultaneously. From their incredible athleticism to the self-possession, character, and contained energy of the horse in stillness, I want to share what I see and enjoy in these exquisite creatures with you. - J.C.
Jaime Corum is an equine artist born and raised in Kentucky. She has been involved with horses and art nearly all her life and now they have become a single path. Jaime received her undergraduate education from Bellarmine University (BA) and graduate degree from the University of Kentucky (MFA). She now teaches art part time at Bellarmine University.
Jaime’s equine art is inspired and refined by her own experience with horses, especially her own horse, Chesapeake. In addition, the strong horse culture of Kentucky is an incredible asset and inspiration to her work. Her equine art evolved from doing portraits of friends’ horses to a full time career of commissioned portraits and original compositions in oils and other 2-D media. Her primary areas of equine focus are Thoroughbred racing, Dressage, Eventing and show jumping but she loves to work with horses of all types and disciplines.
Functions in Two Dimensions: Art and Design by Ron Jasin and Ryan Patterson
Functions in Two Dimensions brings together two Louisville Graphic Designers whose work balances on the edge of functional, commercial design and the emotional perception of the conceptual fine art world. While conceived on digital platforms, both Ryan Patterson and Ron Jasin prefer to print their designs with traditional methods, giving the work a tactile quality.
Point & Click followed by Push & Pull- Ron Jasin is a self-taught artist who developed his artistic appetite making flyers and posters for the Detroit music scene in the early nineties. He took a lot of his visual inspiration from his city; including legendary Detroit poster artist Gary Grimshaw and pop culture references like the movies True Romance and Robo Cop. Jasin took that love for making flyers and started working with his friends at the indie record label Initial Records. That relationship brought him to Louisville where he continued providing flyers and album artwork in the Louisville music scene.
After Initial Records folded in 2004 his involvement in the music scene transformed as he started creating art work and hand printed gig posters for bands under the moniker Madpixel Art & Design. Some of the artists/organizations he has worked with include: My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Calexico, WFPK and Neil Young. While getting Madpixel off the ground, Jasin has held positions at several publications in Louisville including Assistant Art Director of Louisville Magazine and the Art Director of LEO weekly. He is currently following a new passion as the Creative Director at Copper & Kings American Brandy Company in Butchertown.
Ryan Patterson is a graphic designer and visual artist from Louisville, Kentucky, known for his dense, instantly recognizable collage-based artwork. Patterson utilizes digital and physical tools to create hypnotic imagery with a proclivity for symmetry and a fixation on the dark, hypnotic and mysterious aspects of our culture. Inspired by the cut-n-paste, photocopied aesthetic of early punk/hardcore design and the cluttered kitsch of '60s and '70s exploitation film posters, elements of both can be found in Patterson’s prints and paintings.
Patterson is perhaps most recognized for his role as the founding member of the band Coliseum, where, in addition to his position as singer, guitarist and songwriter, he was responsible for the band’s acclaimed album and t-shirt art. He has also designed album art and shirts for bands across the globe, including Pelican, Old Man Gloom, Trap Them, Kylesa, Boris, Avail, Tim Barry, Converge, Doomriders, The Exploding Hearts, Mono, Russian Circles, Torche, Young Widows and many others. Patterson is also a member of the bands Black God, Whips/Chains and Six Bells and owns the company ShirtKiller.com.
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of “Cat Magic Punks” shirts will go to local non- profit cat advocacy groups.
My drawings are more about rhythm and tone than narrative. And for me, momentum is a vital element in finding this. Drawing is a discovery process, and this is especially true for me. I work on mylar in order to best allow for this. It is a durable enough surface to allow for the many additions and subtractions it takes to find the momentum of the piece. My drawings often take shape over days or weeks.
Most of the drawing that I do ends up disappearing to the eraser, as I tend to have a less is more design ethos. I obsess over quality and weight of line and mark, because I find these elements carry so much of the weight of the work. For subject matter, I usually choose the human and animal figure because of its inherent ability to display beauty, humor and tragedy, often at the same time, and I do so stripped of context in order to invite the viewer to bring their own. - MT
Mark Traughber is a professional artist living and working in Louisville, Ky. Born in Todd County in southwestern Kentucky, he attended Western Kentucky University, where he studied art and sociology, and then received his MFA in studio art from East Carolina University.
He lives in Butchertown, Louisville, Ky.
The Future is Now
November 16th 2015 - January 8th 2016
The Green Building Gallery joined by Louisville Visual Art (LVA) is proud to announce the opening of The Future is Now. A public outreach program coordinated by Mr. Daniel Pfalzgraf, former Director of The Green Building Gallery and Curator at the Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany IN.
The Future is Now is a mentorship program that has matched six area high school students displaying an array of talent and artistic desire with six professional local artists. For the past several months the couples have worked together creating new works in a variety of materials while exploring some of the different practices and choices that follow the path to becoming a practicing artists in adulthood.
The group has also investigated the professional practices fine artists perform to prepare and create work for exhibitions. Mentors have taught the students about portfolio cohesiveness and helped them create work that highlights their personal talents as well as strengthen areas of weaknesses. This journey has now culminated in the gallery where the students have experienced the curatorial practices of exhibition design, installation and marketing.
Students featured in the exhibit are Isabella Ray from Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Ariana Sheldahl from Jeffersontown High School, Madeleine Herbert from Fern Creek High School, Hannah Thompson from Eastern High School, Molly Conard from Brown School, and Malika Johnson from Male High School.
Mentor-Artists include: David Bibelhauser, Ashley Brossart, Andrew Cozzins, Douglas Miller, Lisa Simon, and Ashley Stinson.
Natural Beauty: Photographic works by Nori Hall and Mitch Eckert
Mitch Eckert has produced a series of photographs using a variety of camera formats, from pinhole cameras to his iPhone. This collection of 14 pieces studies the rich surfaces contained within formal and botanical gardens while framing them within the stage of the constructed landscape. Each photograph explores formal arrangements of hedgerows, topiaries, vistas, glass house conservatories, and garden walls.
Nori Hall has found photography to be a magical arena where she can play. The intent is to provide for herself, and the viewer, pure aesthetic pleasure even as her imagery evokes irony between the ideal places she depicts and everyday settings. Hall's images emphasize order and solidity found within the landscape and arrive at a sublime abstraction of color and shape permeated with a lyrical, shadowy glow. The result is a consistently picturesque and romantic, but stylized, window on a world that crosses between reality and dreams.
After earning his B.F.A. in photography and sculpture from the Herron School of Art Mitch Eckert received an M.F.A from Ohio University where he focused on photography, printmaking and art history. Mitch is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Louisville. His work for the past fifteen years has focused on the multifaceted and complex interpretation of the still life. His current work explores the engineered landscape focusing on botanic and formal gardens. Throughout, he has incorporated traditional and digital photographic techniques.
Eckert’s work resides in several institutions and museums including Brown-Forman Corporation, Kentucky State University, the Photographic Archives at the University of Louisville, the Butler Institute of American Art and 21c. Museum.
Before pursuing photography professionally , Nori Hall worked as an architect in New York City and, later, as a project manager for real estate development companies in the San Francisco Bay area. Her education includes an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University, a Graduate Diploma from The Architectural Association, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College where she majored in economics and fine arts.
For the past two decades, Ms. Hall has been devoted to landscape photography. She shoot with a Hasselbrand medium format film camera and print digitally. She works in her backyard and those of friends, in formal English gardens, and in the rural Kentucky landscape. Ms. Hall is represented by Ann Tower Gallery of Lexington Kentucky.
Plan For An Undoing New Drawings by Douglas Miller
I am interested in indeterminacy. My drawings inhabit spaces that are movable, where digressions in narratives and often-abandoned subjects avoid conclusions. I work in the same way that an author revises text, continually constructing and deconstructing the story through the process of editing and correcting. Seemingly, this idea of continuous refinement relies on the pursuit for a perfected finished product. However, I rely on the provisional and the possibilities of change more than on completed resolutions. Through this process, I explore images from the natural world; specifically, our own relationship to the animal kingdom. My drawings exemplify the process of refinement and change just as the natural world is endlessly being altered, rearranged, destroyed, and rebuilt. - DM
Douglas Miller is a professional artist whose drawings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Additionally, Douglas does freelance illustrations as well as private and corporate commissions. Recently, Douglas received the first place prize at the Mazin Annual Art Competition and a national award from American Artist: Drawing magazine. Douglas has done numerous illustrations for Louisville Magazine and other publications. His artwork is in the collection of the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, the University of Louisville, the Speed School of Engineering, and numerous private collections throughout the world. Douglas recently received the prestigious Al Smith Fellowship Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. One of five given statewide to professional artists who have reached a high level of achievement in their careers. Douglas lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky.
Forum Confusio by John Begley
Louisville artist, curator and former gallery director, John Begley (BFA with Distinction, University of New Mexico, 1969; MFA, Indiana University, 1975) recently retired from the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville. Now working as an independent artist he currently maintains an active individual studio practice that combines a variety of his interests and training, including drawing, printmaking, book arts, installation and intermedia combinations that examine the nature of seeing, making and thinking about the world of art.
After joining University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute in 2001, he directed its galleries until his retirement in June of 2014, including its expansion to the Cressman Center for Visual Art and became the lead faculty in establishing its Master of Arts program in Critical and Curatorial Studies. The founding director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, now part of the University of Southern Indiana, he served for more than eighteen years as director of the Louisville Visual Art Association.
A recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany and Getty Museum Management Institute Fellowships, Begley oversaw the growth of the Art Association from a five member staff to a multi-function exhibition, education and advocacy art center with numerous art, community and corporate partners and over a million dollar budget. He has also been an active advocate for the visual arts in Louisville and its state and region. He helped found the long running Louisville co-operative gallery, Zephyr, facilitated and led the organization of the citywide art dealers and presenters organization, LOOK, and worked long-term as an advocate for the establishment of a city public art program, MetroLouisville’s Commission on Public Art (COPA). He also serves on numerous community and regional arts advisory boards and panels as well as being a frequent adjudicator for state, regional and national arts exhibitions and granting agencies including the IMLS as well as many individual visual art institutions.
Caliker by Colleen Toutant Merrill
April 3 - May 22, 2015
Colleen Toutant Merrill, "Deconstructed Mustered up Quilts from Kentucky", Manipulated and re-stitched found quilts and silk embroidery thread, 2012
The title of this exhibition, Caliker, comes from the book "Aunt Jane of Kentucky", by Eliza Calvert Hall, 1907. Caliker is a term used in reference to cloth (especially the cloth in quilts) throughout the book. Merrill takes a considerable amount of inspiration from the book for many of her works included in this exhibition.
"A quilt can convey a unique cultural identity as well as a sense of community. A particular pattern title, color or fabric becomes a reflection of time and place. A consistent or erratic stitch can determine whether the quilt was constructed individually or communally at a quilting bee. Outsourcing of domestic textiles and the popularity of commercial fabric has changed the identity and communal aspect of quilt making. Through re-configuring quilts I examine the social, political and geographical associations of quilt making." --Colleen Toutant Merrill
"Female Icons & Identity"
February 6th – March 27th, 2015
Female Icons & Identity is a group exhibition featuring local, regional, and national female artists whose work thematically deals with feminine identity. Identity as women, masculine/feminine duality, iconic female identity and disparities between real and fantasized ideals, shared identities of women within differing societies, and maternal ancestry.
New work by
Carlos Gamez de Francisco
"Size Matters", discusses formal aesthetics in art and is based on Thomas McEvilley's essay "On the Manner of Addressing Clouds". According to McEvilley, there is content in the scale of an artwork. Therefore, I proposed to play with the sizes and recreate the duality of content and form with this exhibition. The question is: What is art but permanent dualities? Is the size a formal element? Or is it content? Or maybe both? This is why I propose: "Size Matters".
--Carlos Gamez de Francisco
For more information and images by Carlos Gamez de Francisco, please click on the image to be directed to this artist's website.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 6-9p
October 17th – November 28th, 2014
Image: Detail of "Irony" by Patrick Donley
"I have my moments"
Opening Reception: Friday, August 29, 6-9p
August 29th – October 10th, 2014
Sheehan is an Assistant Professor of Fine Art teaching drawing at Indiana University Southeast. She is a nationally exhibited artist who received a Master's Degree in Drawing from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Sheehan's drawings share moments of experiences as they are perceived through lenses of time, space, and our physical senses.
"We perceive through our bodily senses, absorb and evaluate each encounter, and construct means to interpret, respond to and convey our understanding to others. This human space, between encounter and communication, is where we make our moments personal.
The activity of perceptual drawing holds me in that human space longer. In my effort to portray a moment in a drawn image, I consider the situation of the encounter and the depth of the physical and psychological responses triggered in the moment; situational elements like time, pace, movement, space, pressure, light, and darkness trigger feelings of anticipation, urgency, frustration, pain, anxiety, fear, annoyance, joy, vulnerability, frenzy, hope and despair. Moments are not snapshots. They build upon a combination of various perceptions and multiple responses. Some are fleeting. Some endure. My work seeks to actualize the moment.
In order to perceive these simultaneous stimuli and accurately identify the responses, I deliberately hone my senses and heighten my awareness by working Outside In and Inside Out. Outside In perception involves purposely shifting my senses (obscuring vision, changing balance, creating physical dissonance) in order to encounter familiar experience from uncomfortable or “outside” perspectives. This exaggerated sensory environment physically acknowledges the unwieldy task of representing present experience as image. It creates an element of bodily strain that enhances and accentuates the resulting emotional and interpretive responses--revealing previously unrecognized elements of the moment. Conversely, Inside Out perception is self-revelatory--starting with an internal insight, emotion, or belief and representing a situation certain to connect that internal starting point with recognizable environmental or experiential triggers that resonate personally.
These are my moments--shared."
--Emily Sheehan, 2014
Image: Withholding, charcoal, sanguine and sepia crayon, and pastel pencil on Canson edition, 65" x 51"To see more images of Emily Sheehan's work, please click on the image above to visit the gbg Tumblr page. To learn more about this artist, please CLICK HERE TO VISIT HER WEBSITE.
Glitches from the memory bank - New Work by Scott Scarboro
Opening Reception: Opening Reception: Saturday, May 31, 6-9p
May 30st – July 4th, 2014
"Glitches from the Memory Bank", a new body of work by artist Scott Scarboro focuses on artifacts, memories and icons from his childhood. The exhibition consists of videos, mixed media sculptures and machine stitched wall hangings.
Scott Scarboro is a multimedia artist from Louisville, KY now residing in New Albany, IN. He recently participated in L/o/u/i/s/v/i/l/l/e S/o/u/n/d/s, a sound collage created by ARTxFM for the Open Source Radio project of INCUBATE Festival in the Netherlands.
PRINT & PROCESS
Opening Reception: Friday, April 4th 5 – 9 pm.
Learn more about the artists:
What usually isn’t imagined is the artist who uses very methodical, technically specific, multi-stepped processes to create their personal work. The artists in PRINT & PROCESS – Susanna Crum, Shawna Khalily, Casey Roberts, and Rodolfo Salgado, Jr. – are all equal parts scientists, engineers, and creative problem solvers. To develop their vision into physical form, they must rely on strict rules to follow, or be burned by undesired outcomes. They must all understand mechanical and chemical reactions and how variations in those interactions alter the final product. They have to have blind faith in what they do, using history and memory to guide their rituals, step by step until the final reveal is born. These artists display a level of foresight and professionalism that neutralizes any notion of the classic “Artist Character” often depicted in movies and literature.
PRINT & PROCESS opens with a reception for the artists during the Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop on Friday, April 4th 5 – 9 pm. The exhibition continues through May 16th, 2014.
New work by Cincinnati, Ohio artists Chris Reeves & Matt Wiseman
Chris Reeves & Matt Wiseman
For the exhibition “Villains!” Chris Reeves and Matt Wiseman present a series of visual situations representative of ideas that can imply villainy – progress, inertia, no fun – and the objects themselves are meant to act as perpetrators of resistentialism. Reeves’ collages, a new body of work divided into five separate series, presents a “specified trouble” in that their representations of potentially villainous ideas are left up to the viewer to decode. Wiseman’s near impossible golf course provides plenty of opportunities for mental harm and damage. The works presented together are an exploration of what villainy means to the individual: sometimes heavy, sometimes trivial, but always present waiting to make our days more difficult.
New work by Ross Gordon
December 13th, 2013 – February 7th, 2014
Please join us this Friday, December 13th 5-9pm as we welcome one of Louisville's premier photographers, Ross Gordon, and celebrate his latest series of large-scale photographs, "Transformistas."
This new body of work that grew out of a month-long trip Gordon spent in Cuba this past year. Transformistas are the local drag queens and transsexuals who often have found themselves arrested and prosecuted if caught by police. Changes in cultural attitudes move at a snail's pace despite anti-discrimination laws that have passed. The strength, desires, and energy of his subjects shine as Gordon captures their lives as they continue being who they are despite the continued harassment and persecution they face daily.
For more images of this work, click on the image above, and please continue to visit the Tumblr page as more images are added.
NORTH MEETS SOUTH
Nashville artist Carrie McGee & Cincinnati artist Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Please join us as we welcome artists from two of Louisville's regional neighbors, Carrie McGee from Nashville, Tennessee and Jeffrey Cortland Jones from Cincinnati, Ohio. Both artists create stunningly beautiful abstract works with translucent, light-diffusing qualities that you will not want to miss seeing in person.
Image: Carrie McGee, "Wild Green Winter", mixed media, 42 x 60 x 4 inches, 2013.
JEFFREY CORTLAND JONES
Image: Jeffrey Cortland Jones, "Shore", enamel on acrylic panel, 14 x 11 inches, 2013
MATTHEW CUMMINGS & BRYCE HUDSON
September 6th – October 18th, 2013
Please join us this Friday,September 6th for the opening reception of CUMMINGS & HUDSON , an exhibition of sculptural glass by Matthew Cummings and abstract paintings by Bryce Hudson (both of Louisville, Kentucky).
The reception is from 5 - 9 pm.
Organic, geometric, color, contrast, depth, rhythm...while at first completely dissimilar in style, once together Cummings and Hudson's work begin to play in conversation. Their immediate differences only serve to accentuate the inherent stengths and elegance each bodies of work possess. After spending time with their pieces, viewers begin to see the subtle undercurrent that connects these two masters of their media. Both toy with viewers' perspectives, comfort with their beauty, and challenge perceptions. Above all else, both Cummings and Hudson have an astute understanding and control over the basic visual elements that make great art, and they exhibit the skill and technical mastery necessary for successfully creating their stunning pieces.
Simply put, both artists exemplify the best of their respective genres and have developed strong followings nationally and internationally as a result of their work.
To find out more about Matthew Cummings and Bryce Hudson, please click on the images above to be directed to their websites.
"We Out Here"
Please join us Friday, July 19th for the opening reception of "We Out Here" a solo exhibition of new works by Patrick Jilbert. The reception is from 6 - 9 pm.
Patrick Jilbert is an outsider urban artist of sorts, heavily influenced by song lyrics, slang, and arbitrary pieces of conversation overheard in his day to day life, as well as a random bits of Russian and German thrown in for good measure.
Jilbert is self taught, but started his career in art early on when he began creating skateboard graphics for Consolidated Skateboards (Santa Cruz, California) while still a senior in high school. He is a native Louisvillian and his highly recognizable style and cultural commentary has garnered international recognition.
"Most of my painting revolve around drawings, which is where my real background is. Usually I'll just start drawing without really having a clear picture of where it's going. I decide as I'm going what might work, and go from there. Sometime during the process the words come into play, and fit themselves into whatever I'm making. From there the words take a part in shaping what comes next... Sometimes the work has a meaning I am trying to convey, but I really like to leave it open to interpretation. I never mean for my subject matter to be taken seriously. A lot of what I make, I do because I find it amusing or funny."
"Door to Door" by Alice Stone Collins"
Alice Stone Collins
When we moved into our house in New Albany, Indiana during the summer of 2009, it took me at least six times of making the drive to a local Target without the need of my MapQuest directions. Going on jogs around the neighborhood, it took me six months, before learning the names of a few of my neighbors. Three years later, I am still learning their names.
While I didn’t know many of their names, I did know if they recycled and what they had for dinner. I knew if they bought the name brand or generic brand of cereal. I knew if there were drinkers and could speculate just how heavy. I could establish their political affiliations and just how strident. I could tell what cable provider they used and if they had kids or if they were cat or dog people. Sometimes, in passing, we would even wave to each other.
The rapid pace and increased responsibilities of modern life constantly draw us outside of our local communities. In this push and pull, we compile an abundance of “stuff” that might tell our stories more than anything else we communicate. In my own work and life, I keep returning to these questions of accumulation, need, and identity.
How do the choices we make, consumer and otherwise, shape our environment? What is the relationship between consumer goods and self-esteem? How does one carve and create a meaningful life in a society concerned mostly with meaningful purchases? Can one find what is beautiful and what is true and while searching for a 64-inch HD plasma TV on Black Friday?
These issues and questions of community and consumption continue to shape my work, especially in light of being a parent. In thinking about future generations, I believe art should leave a record for other generations to question, measure, and explore.
Please join us this Friday, April 12th for the opening reception of "AWAKEN" a solo exhibition of new paintings by Gibbs Rounsavall. The reception is from 5 - 9 pm.
"When my daughter Edie was born on June 24, 2011, my life, my practice, my everything was jolted into the stratosphere. Her presence has ushered in a heightened awareness and a personal sense of rebirth within me that paralleled her endless discovery of life and the world. Her exploration involves a sense of immediacy where everything in her line of vision and within her grasp is subject to her full attention.
This series is my attempt to model this focused attention with the voice of each piece imbuing life into the next, progressing in complexity just as Edie progresses everyday. Creating a sense of movement with color, line, and shape has always been a creative focus of mine. Through movement and rhythm, the surface becomes energized with a sense of harmony, a pulse, a life of its own. My interest in harmony led me to use the circle, the most common symbol in existence. Representing everlasting life and wholeness it provides a framework for infinite possibilities of creation.
To say that it is "inspiring" is not even scratching the surface of this new level of consciousness accompanying Edie's presence. Ironically, even as my time in the studio has been abbreviated, it has turned out to be the most prolific time of my life. The mysteries of life are more poignant now with the joy and beauty of each moment amplified through this new journey with her." --Gibbs Rounsavall, 2013
To learn more about Gibbs Rounsavall and his work, please visit his website.
"Real, Realer, Realist"
At The Green Building Gallery.
Please join us THIS Friday, February 22nd for the opening reception of "Real, Realer, Realist" a exhibition of figurative works by Steven Assael (New York, NY), Kelly Phelps and Sal Villagran (both of Lexington, KY). The reception is from 5 - 9 pm.
It is with great pleasure that the Green Building Gallery presents four contemporary masters of figurative realism, pairing together regional talents Gaela Erwin of Louisville, and Kelly Phelps and Sal Villagran of Lexington with internationally renowned artist Steven Assae of New York City.
"Real, Realer, Realist" explores the work of these accomplished realist artists, and how each has created their own approach and style associated within the genre. Steven Assael appears courtesy of FORUM GALLERY.
"Complimentary" is a group exhibition of local artistic partners curated by Daniel Pfalzgraf.
"Complimentary" explores the visual relationships between artists who share professional and personal lives together, and how those close relationships may affect or influence their work individually. Artists featured in the exhibit are Tiffany Carbonneau and Brian Harper, Cheryl Chapman and Julius Friedman, Aron Conaway and Hallie Jones, Russel and Shelley Vaughn Hulsey, and Michael and Mickie Winters.
Opening Reception will be Friday, January 4, 5-9p
|Brook White||Vian Sora||Aron Conaway|
|David Schuster||Joyce Garner||Nana Lampton|
|Becky Freytag||Sara Robinette||Denise Furnish|
|Cynthia Norton||Ron Jasin||Lori Beck|
|Lucy Brown||Jason Pierce||Gwendolyn Kelly|
|Michael Brohm||Chuck Swanson||Valerie White|
|Hallie Jones||Ty Kreft||David Mahoney|
|Ngoc Phan||John Begley||Kathleen Lolley|
|Geoff Carr||Clare Hirn||Christy Zurkhulen|
Bryce Hudson experiments and evolves with Presentation
Opening: August 6th, 2010 | Opening Reception (5pm - 9pm)
Through: September 22nd, 2010
Contemporary visual artist Bryce Hudson will exhibit his newest work at The Green Building Gallery beginning August 6th. The work is a further exploration into three of his known series The Beauties, The Equinoxes (Equilibrium Deco) and The Holding Pattern.
Following his own philosophy that experimentation and evolution are essential to the development of all artists, Hudson takes his work in new directions while staying true to his themes of identity, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. As he states, “In my opinion, an artist’s worth is based on his or her ability to grow and change with his or her surroundings and to also inspire transformation and progress in others.” With this, he literally takes his work to larger scale, with 6ft screen prints of The Holding Pattern, larger than previous work he has shown.
The exhibit will also feature work from The Equilibrium (Deco) Series and The Beauties. The Equilibrium (Deco) Series is a juxtaposition of two movements in the history of art and design – Minimalism and Rococo – opening up each piece to the viewers’ own interpretations on the depths of decoration, pop art, trend and pattern. Hudson’s work frequently explores balance, symmetry and harmony and their relationship to contemporary society in a post-painterly minimalist style. In The Beauties, the full spectrum of his interest in personal identity within the context of popular culture is intimately illustrated.
The Beauties series explores the conventions of beauty and sexuality and attempts to decipher the impact of these standards through digitally manipulated labels and advertisements. Hudson lives in Louisville and has an extensive exhibition history. His
work is in many important private and corporate collections in the US, South America and China.
Collaborative glass exhibit focuses on American apathy
Opening: June 11, 2010 5-9pm
Through: July 30th, 2010
In conjunction with the 2010 Glass Art Society Conference held in Louisville, The Green Building is pleased to exhibit work from three contemporary glass artists. McKinley Moore, Matthew Eskuche and Alexander Rosenberg will collaborate on a show entitled com-pla-cent, opening June 11th from 5-9pm. The opening will correspond with the Glass Art Society Trolley Hop that evening.
com-pla-cent is the result of years of discussion between longtime friends Eskuche and Moore who share similar opinions towards art, glass, and the world at large. Both artists will use glass and other mixed media to serve as a commentary on the overwhelming consumerist complacency of the American people and the general sense of apathy towards what is going on in the world around them. The show will also feature one piece by Alexander Rosenberg, a New England based artist whose style corresponds with the theme.
Moore is a resident artist at Louisville's Glassworks. His current work seeks to draw attention to society’s passive attitude towards many problems including, but not limited to: political corruption, war, the energy crisis, religion, and the destruction of the environment. He received a BA from Centre College in 2003 after studying for years under the tutelage of internationally renowned glass artist Stephen Powell.
Eskuche began working in glass in 1998 and has studied with some of the most sought-after artists in contemporary flame-working including Emilio Santini and Ceasare Toffolo. His work can be found in many publications and in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Racine Art Museum, the Lampwork Museum of Glass in Kobe, Japan, and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.
Rosenberg received his undergraduate degree in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design. It was while earning this degree that he discovered a love for craft traditions and material. He is interested in the value of things, learning and memory, action and reaction.
Iraqi artist Vian Sora paints a narrative of travel and culture
Opening: April 2nd, 2010 5-9pm
Through: May 14th, 2010
Vian Sora, an internationally recognized artist from Baghdad and now based in Louisville, will exhibit her works at The Green Building Gallery beginning April 2nd.
Sora’s paintings will blend her journeys through all parts of the world, from Iraq, to Turkey, to Dubai, and to the US. Primary works will showcase the vibrant history of Iraq, especially the legends and landscape of her homeland. Her work has been described by her collectors as “mystical, transformative and living adventures”. Her paintings are designed to reach out to the viewer and bring them into another place and time with majesty and projection.
Using bold colors, golds, and ancient symbols, she transforms the canvas into living legends of journeys in a Middle Eastern land where upheaval is ordinary, but compassion and family ties are paramount. Sora works primarily with oils, but utilizes mixed media and engraving techniques to create three-dimensional textures on canvas. The work is primarily expressionist and figurative, with contemporary abstract images used to convey moods and scenes from antiquity. Her works demonstrate the influences of the East and West on her painting and upon her existence.
Sora has exhibited in Dubai, Baghdad, Rome, Istanbul, Paris, Kuwait City, Sweden, Denmark, and Saudi Arabia, amongst others. From car bombings to threats to her family, and through extreme loss and pain, she has painted and filled the canvases with remembrance and songs of cultures still in preservation and experiencing resurrection. Hers is the story of many Iraqis who find that they must establish new lives for themselves in new lands, but still strive to preserve their culture and their identity. Sora’s story is one of sadness and joy, of upheaval and renewal and most of all of love. Today, she finds herself working on paintings to bridge the divide of cultures, history and beliefs.
Sora says, “My new home here in Louisville crystallizes my journeys and ignites a new desire in me to bring friendship and love to all those willing to listen and lessons for every culture.”
More information about the artist can be found at her web site at www.viansora.com.
Vadis Turner offers her modern Dowry to Louisville
Opening: February 5th, 2010 5-9pm
Through: March 19th, 2010
Complementing the saturated sweetness and flourish of romanticism surrounding February, NYC’s Vadis Turner will exhibit her confectionary work at The Green Building Gallery, opening February 5th. Dowry, her second solo exhibit in Louisville, will feature work playing on the roles of love, marriage, feminism, craft and sexuality in society. The show will run through March 19th.
With Dowry, Turner examines the transformative legacy in handmade objects, historically made by women, by creating a collection of contemporary heirlooms. The pieces re-imagine conventional handicrafts and rites of passage meant to represent the values of Turner’s generation. Heirloom objects include erotic swings made from vintage quilts, human organs made from discarded jewelry, and Faberge-like eggs made with human hair. Just as dowries were traditionally exchanged for societal and marital advancement, Turner’s Dowry will be sold or traded, this time for professional gain.
A Nashville, Tennessee native, Turner received her BFA in Painting and MFA in Studio Teaching from Boston University. Shortly after finishing school she began experimenting with media that connected to women’s roles such as wax paper, panty hose, tampons and quilts. Using her palette of found materials, she has created a visual language where everyday wares are transformed into vehicles for social commentary.
Turner has exhibited in Paris, New York, the National Gallery in Prague and has been featured in Vanity Fair (May, 2009). She is an artist member of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center Feminist Art Base and is in the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Other upcoming solo exhibitions include a show at the Quirk Gallery in Richmond, VA.
Gibbs Rounsavall scratches the surface of an organic process with new work
December through January, 2010
Opening: December 4th, 2009, 5-9pm
"Over the years, local contemporary artist Gibbs Rounsavall’s work has stretched from the polychromatic, linear pieces that "define eye candy" (The Courier-Journal, 2005), to graphite and line that inspire “intellect” (Leo Weekly, 2008) and has always had themes of science and nature running underneath. Rounsavall finds himself wandering down new paths with “Unearth the Divine”, a new series of work that strays from his previous color palette and construction but continues to explore those original ideas.
With “Unearth the Divine”, Rounsavall found himself focusing directly on process, opening himself fully to the channels of discovery and surprise. “Reflecting back on these past two years, it has become apparent that discovery involves a sense of unfolding in time and requires one to be equally active and passive”, says Rounsavall. Mix this with inspiration from another experiment with nature, Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs Boson particle, and the result is a series of large, black enamel, subtractive paintings with rippled, wave-like markings that literally scratch the surface of a new, organic direction in his work.
A show in two parts, The Green Building Gallery will house work from his more familiar genre of colorful pattern and design, and also invite the visitor to experience his process in a recreated studio space. The larger, organic studies will be exhibited at 720 East Market Street, next door to The Green Building. The rough texture of the building’s unfinished walls should provide an appropriate space for the process behind these paintings.
For this show, the 720 East Market space will hold hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm or Monday through Friday by appointment. The Green Building Gallery hours will remain Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm or by appointment.
The Green Building & The Green Building Gallery will be closed for the holidays starting December 19th and will reopen January 4th. Holiday hours at 720 East Market Street will be posted at that location.
Valerie Fuchs explores time and the temporal with “Concrete Video”
Opening: October 2nd, 2009, 5-9pm
Through: November 25th, 2009
Conceptual artist Valerie Fuchs explores time and temporal forms in her upcoming show “Concrete Video”, opening October 2nd. The show examines the transformation of moving video images and light into a physical form or sculpture. Using video stills as part of specifically visual work or physical form, Fuchs believes it allows for the still itself to become more defined as a “medium”, rather than just unseen vehicles for movement.
In her corresponding essay, “Towards a New Form: Concrete Video, an exploration on time and temporal forms”, Fuchs states:
“Concrete Video begins by assuming a total responsibility before the moving image language, accepting the premise that the sequence of images is an indispensable nucleus of communication. It refuses to absorb stills/sound/light as mere indifferent vehicles - taboo-tombs in which convention insists on burying the idea that film and video have a direct influence on our perceptions and our physical manifestations of reality...”
The show will express these thoughts through both visual and audio conceptual ideas, sometimes formed into one piece or several and then further transcended from light into the physical or the sculptural.
Louisville based, Fuchs has an M.F.A. in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.Arch from the University of Kentucky. Her current and upcoming shows include: Boys Don't Cry, Kentucky Short Film & Video Showcase, 21c Museum Hotel (Sept. 15th), Art Dialogues, Speed Art Museum (Sept. 17th), H2O: Film on Water, Great Rivers Arts, Bellows Falls, Vermont (Aug-Oct), Stripped, Sun Valley, Idaho (Oct-Dec), video collaboration with musician Ben Sollee (Oct 23rd), Sacred Water, Louisville Visual Arts Association (Nov), and Winter Count Solo Show, Indiana University Southeast (Jan-Feb 2010).
22 Louisville Artists Contribute to Children’s Counting & Art Book Benefiting Art Sparks
Opening: September 4th, 2009 5-9pm
Through: September 25th, 2009
Louisville, KY- The Green Building Gallery, in conjunction with Holland Brown Books, will present a group exhibition opening Friday, September 4th featuring the 22 artists who contributed to Louisville Counts! A Children's Counting & Art Book. The book is a fundraiser for The Laramie L. Leatherman Art Learning Center (Art Sparks Interactive Gallery), the children's gallery at The Speed Art Museum.
Louisville Counts! A Children's Counting & Art Book, is a project that assembled willing Louisville-based artists to create unique, child-friendly pieces of art to accompany 22 pieces of Louisville trivia. Each piece corresponds with a specific number, from 0-21, encouraging the reader to count their way through the book using everything from Muth’s Candies to baseball bats to Olmsted parks and even disco balls! Participating artists include:
The original artworks, on display September 4th - 25th, will also be sold in a silent auction beginning September 4th, and ending at the close of the show, September 25th. All proceeds from all sales of the book, as well as the gallery’s share of the sales of the corresponding artworks, go directly to Art Sparks.
“Art Sparks fosters a sense of joy and wonder, inspiring a world of imagination and play. All ages will love exploring the Louisville artists featured in Louisville Counts. The sense of visual playfulness makes it a fun book to share with the whole family”, says Cynthia Moreno, Director of Education at The Speed Art Museum.
The show will end with a closing party on September 25th from 5-9pm at The Green Building.
Sarah Lyon Debuts New Work with Solo Show
Opening: July 3rd, 2009 5-9pm
Through: August 28th, 2009
The Green Building Gallery is pleased to present a series of new work by local photographer Sarah Lyon. Debuting material prepared in 2009, the show features both black and white and color photography but goes beyond to explore bronze casting and installation.
Lyon’s fourth solo show in Louisville has her exploring everything from her city and country to the local Goodwill and a nearby foundry. Inspiration came from a challenge she gave herself to overcome distracting habits that had infringed upon her art making in the past. “It’s amazing how productive I realized I can be when every evening is not taken up by drinking,” says Lyon.
Lyon explored the lost wax casting process with a piece titled "30,000 Miles", a bronze casting of her old motorcycle boots which she wore throughout four cross-country motorcycle journeys starting in the summer of 2003. “During those motorcycle trips I pursued photography projects that established my identity as an artist. To express the enduring, personal influence of those journeys I created a manifestation to outlast me”, Lyon says of the piece. In another subject, Lyon hung a large map of Louisville on the wall and threw darts to determine where she would go to photograph. The result is a grid of 50 black and white photographs taken around the city. In deciding how to frame this project, she created “Somewhere Over the Framebow”, a contemporary assemblage of white-painted picture frames, ranging from whimsical to the ordinary, in which she explores feelings of nostalgia, emptiness, curiosity and playfulness.
The group of work will also include four large color prints of spaces around Louisville, a continuation of her “Louisville Portraits and Landscapes” series.
Lyon was born in Louisville and received her BFA from Miami University of Ohio. Her self published 2007, 2008 and 2009 Female Mechanics Calendars have received great response in the United States and internationally as the first of their kind. Her work has also been published in Esquire, Hutch, Trespass, Sustain, Bejeezus, Truckers News, Urban Moto, BMW Owners News, Curve, Today's Woman, and Louisville Magazine. Lyon lives and works in Smoketown and teaches black and white photography at Bellarmine University.
Melissa Farlow – “Private Thoughts”
Acclaimed National Geographic and Courier-Journal photographer Melissa Farlow returns to Louisville.
Opening: June 5th, 2009 5-9pm
Gallery Hours: 9am – 6pm, Monday - Friday
Cloistered Novices Peru, 1998
Farlow will showcase a collection of photographs taken from stories covered over the last 15 years.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Louisville Photo Biennale, which focuses this year upon former students and faculty of Louisville’s Center for Photographic Studies.
A Paoli, Indiana native, Farlow served as a faculty member at the Center for photographic studies. While in Louisville, she was part of the Courier-Journal / Louisville Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for photographic coverage of desegregation.
Her images have won multiple awards in the Pictures of the Year competition and other contests. Farlow received her B.A. in journalism from Indiana University and her masters from the University of Missouri, where she also taught photojournalism.
Opening: April 3rd 5-9 pm | Through: May 29th, 2009
Gallery Hours: 9a - 6p Monday - Friday
Here is everyone’s chance to be a collector. The Green Building Gallery brings Brooklyn’s Steve Keene – and his affordable art - to Louisville!
Keene firmly believes that art should be an interactive and accessible experience. He’ll come to The Green Building Gallery armed with thousands of canvases, and dive headfirst into a weeklong interactive painting experience.
Keene will be working in the gallery beginning Tuesday, March 31st to create works specifically for -and inspired by- Louisville, and you’re welcome to come watch.
Time Magazine’s Steve Lopez calls Keene an “assembly line Picasso.” Keene paints in multiples, often working around the clock to create his pieces, which he then sells at prices as low as three dollars!
Steve says, “I want buying my paintings to be like buying a CD: it’s cheap, it’s art, and it changes your life, but the object has no status. Musicians create something for the moment, something with no boundaries and that kind of expansiveness is what I want to come across in my work.”
Keene has been creating in this style since the early nineties, and has created CD cover art for artists including Pavement and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. His interactive exhibitions have taken place in the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Australia, and the Czech Centre in London.
Opening: February 6th, 2009 5- 9 pm | Through: March 27th, 2009
The exhibition will open in conjunction with the release of Bryce’s new book, Bryce Hudson: Explorations in the Shadow of Pop Culture from Holland Brown Books. The artist will be present at the opening for discussion and book signing.
The Green Building Gallery is proud to present 25 exceptional works of contemporary art by Bryce Hudson. In October of 2008 Hudson was invited by NY Arts Magazine to be an artist in residence at their contemporary arts project space NY Arts Beijing in Beijing, China. There, he started work on his Holding Pattern series. Exhibiting along side this series is an on-going body of work titled Equilibrium (Deco), which Hudson started in early 2008. Hudson lives in Louisville and has an extensive exhibition history. His work is in many important private and corporate collections in the US, South America and China.
In the Holding Pattern Series Hudson’s subjects are young women in their mid 20s to late 30s. Superimposed upon their faces are chromatic decorative patterns, the combination of which brings to the surface ideas of symmetry, objects of decoration and femininity. Furthermore, the experience of being a young woman in modern society and the associated pressures are examined.
In the Equilibrium (Deco) Series Hudson has begun to juxtapose two movements in the history of art and design – Minimalism and Rococo – opening up each piece to the viewers’ own interpretations on the depths of decoration, pop art, trend and pattern. Hudson’s work frequently explores balance, symmetry and harmony and their relationship to contemporary society in a post-painterly minimalist style.
Opening: December 5th, 2008 5- 9 pm | Through: January 30th, 2009
When you move out of your house, there's usually someone eager to buy it from you and make it their own. But what if you're moving out of one giant 100,000 square foot room?
In her book Big Box Reuse, and accompanying photographic exhibition, Julia Christensen takes us on a road trip across America to look at what becomes of the spaces superstores leave behind when they move out. These warehouse-like buildings have found their place in the built landscape since the first Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target stores opened in 1962.
Since the spring of 2004, Christensen has driven over 75,000 miles, visiting converted "big boxes" and meeting the people who are transforming these massive shells into useful structures for their community. She has documented what happened to the structures, the parking lots, and the surrounding communities. She has found out who wanted to reuse the buildings, why and how. What Christensen has discovered is that examining the big box building provides a wealth of information that will help us steer the future of our landscape with more informed decision-making processes. Among the things Big Box Reuse points out: despite the harmful construction of the big box, reuse is a powerful tool in the fight against the increasing dangers of sprawl. For every building that is reused, a new one does not go up; a monumental victory, as the National Trust for Historic Preservation recently indicated the energy used to destroy older buildings in addition to the energy used to build new ones could power the entire state of California for 10 years (LA Times, October 2008).
From churches, retail stores and charter schools to a courthouse, senior center and the Spam museum, Big Box Reuse shows the many practical reuses of buildings that initially seemed suited for one function.
Cynthia Reynolds :: small world
Opening: November 7th, 2008, 5-9pm | Through: November 25th, 2008
The Green Building Gallery announce their inaugural show, featuring new work by Louisville's own Cynthia Reynolds.
Reynold's 'small world', her latest effort, explores past and present conceptions of the world in which we live, and the differences and striking similarities that exist in these seemingly disjointed domains.
Miss Reynolds' work has been featured in exhibitions around the country. Many have been curated by some of the top names in the art scene today: Guggenheim curator Robert Rosenblum chose her work for the 17th National Viridian Artists Juried Exhibition and Adrian Sudhalter from MOMA was the juror for Expo 25. Other curators who have selected or juried her work include Cheryl Brutvan from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Kathleen Kvern from the Walker Art Center, Stephen Phillips from DC's Phillips Collection; and Janet Bishop from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
She studied at Centre College (winning the Art Prize), Kansas City Art Institute (where her work is represented in their permanent collection), and the University of Washington in Seattle (MFA, Ceramics, 1997). She was an artist-in-residence at Louisville Stoneware (2003 to 2006),and was awarded a Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith IndividualArtist Fellowship in 2006. Cynthia has completed commissions for Louisville's J.B. Speed Art Museum (Education Department), where she has also run workshops.
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