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JCC Exhibit Pairs Local Artists Across Generational Lines
By ERIN KEANE
June 17, 2013
A new exhibit is open at the Jewish Community Center Patio Gallery featuring an art exchange between established and emerging local artists. The show is called Pairallels – emphasis on the pair.
Curator Stacey Reason asked members of the Artists’ Breakfast Group, a group of Louisville artists who have been working together for nearly twenty years, to begin a piece of art that focuses on global and local perspectives. Members of the Louisville Artists Syndicate, a group of younger visual artists, did the same. The exhibit includes sculpture, collage, paintings and mixed media work.
When the pieces were half-finished, they were passed to a member of the opposite group to be finished. The artists didn’t collaborate directly with one another. Reason, who works with the Artists Syndicate, says she created the art exchange to cultivate dialog between the two groups of artists.
“The surprise element of the anonymous factor created some really interesting dynamic presentations in the artwork itself,” says Reason. “I paired the artists in ways that I felt could create an interesting conversation. Sometimes it was based on materials, sometimes it was based on content, sometimes it was based on the individual artists.”
Linda Erzinger, a member of the Breakfast Artists Group, began a collage on plexiglass, which Reason then passed to Brandon Harder, a recent University of Louisville graduate working in a studio in the Portland neighborhood, to finish. Erzinger says collaborative projects like Pairallels introduce an element of surprise.
“I’ve been working on plexiglass for a long time, but I’ve never engraved it. So I’m very curious to talk to the artist about his engraving process and maybe incorporating that into my work later,” says Erzinger. “That’s one of the things I like about doing an exchange. You get to present your typical material that you always work with, and you get a totally new perspective on how to use it.”
When did Erzinger know when her piece was ready to hand off? It’s part intuition, part finding a good place to get stuck.
“You just kind of know as an artist,” she says. “I got to the end of my imagery and I thought, I don’t know what to do next. If it were me in the studio working on that and getting to that ‘I don’t know what to do’ phase, I might have just gone to bed and worked on it the next day. In this application I got to hand it off to someone else.”
Even Reason, who had specific reasons for pairing Harder with Erzinger, was surprised by the final piece.
“I immediately loved it because it’s very graphic. It’s almost ominous, in the haziness of the plexiglass,” she says. “The artist I gave it to uses a lot of raw materials. I was very interested in giving him something that’s plastic, a very malleable material, when he’s used to working with metal or wood.”
Artists who contributed to Pairallels are Brandon Bass, Andy Cozzens, Sarah Duncan, Mallorie Embry, Linda Erzinger, Meghan Greenwell, Brandon Harder, Phillip High, Mary Dennis Kannapell, Shohei Katayama, Keith Kleespies, Sally Labaugh, Kathy Loomis, Kacie Miller, Karisssa Moll, Jacque Parsley, CJ Pressma, Kelly Rains, Lelia Rechtin, Alli Wiles, Jenny Zeller and Suzi Zimmerer
Pairallels is open through July 16. The next show opening at the JCC Patio Gallery is “Hanging By a Thread: the Life and Contemporary Art of Adrienne Sloane.”
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May 21, 2013
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“Pairallels” Crosses Generational Lines at JCC Patio Gallery, June 16-July 16
LOUISVILLE, KY (May 21, 2013) – What happens when two groups of artists across generational lines are asked to finish each others work? Twenty-two artists, 11 representing established artists from the Artists’ Breakfast Group and 11 from a younger collective of artists representing the Louisville Artists Syndicate were brought together by curator Stacey Reason to answer that question. The results will be on display at the JCC Patio Gallery (3600 Dutchmans Lane) June 16-July 16. An opening reception including comments from the curator and some of the artists will be held on June 16 from 2-4 p.m.
Each of the artists was asked to start a work based on the theme of “Cosmopolitan Localism,” connecting two scales of focus, global and local in order to reflect on the condition of contemporary life. After a set amount of time, the artists turned in their partially completed works and received an anonymous piece from the other group to finish. The pairs were specifically chosen by Reason.
“I was interested in the juxtaposition of these two very different groups of artists and the conversation that happens through collaboration in art-making,” said Reason. “When presented with an open-ended statement, how does one artist from one group finish the thought of another artist from the other group. The resulting exhibition is filled with surprises and discoveries only cultivated through such a distinct paring.”
Artists included in this project are: Brandon Bass, Andy Cozzens, Sarah Duncan, Mallorie Embry, Linda Erzinger, Meghan Greenwell, Brandon Harder, Phillip High, Mary Dennis Kannapell, Shohei Katayama, Keith Kleespies, Sally Labaugh, Kathy Loomis, Kacie Miller, Karisssa Moll, Jacque Parsley, CJ Pressma, Kelly Rains, Lelia Rechtin, Alli Wiles, Jenny Zeller and Suzi Zimmerer
The Patio Gallery represents a broad variety of different media, artists groups, and individuals. It features shows that include sculptures, textiles, photography, and painting with approaches that range from representational to abstract, from traditional to cutting edge. The Patio Gallery tries to foster an appreciation of today’s 2D and 3D artists and often includes artists who reside outside of Louisville and offer exhibits that address significant social issues.
About the Jewish Community Center
Founded in 1890, the JCC is a human service agency committed to enhancing the quality of family life and promoting the physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness of the individual. It provides health-related activities, cultural and educational programs that serve the community at large, including populations at risk. Membership and services are offered to the Jewish and general community. Through its wide array of programs, the Center pursues its mission of strengthening the individual, family and community. The JCC is part of the Jewish Community of Louisville.
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