LEXINGTON, Kentucky (January 13, 2022) — the Bolivar Art Gallery at the S of the University of Kentuckyschool of art and visual studies will open its first exhibitions of the new year from January 14. The gallery will feature works by Katie Bell, Joe Hedges and Tomasz Winiarski. The free public exhibits will open with each artist speaking about their respective exhibits beginning at noon on Friday, January 14.
Katie Bell is from Rockford, Illinois, and studied Fine Arts and Race and Gender Studies at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Bell has shown her work in various venues and her work has been featured in BOMB Magazine, Whitewall, Hyperallergic, Artnet, Sculpture Magazine and Art in America. Bell received a painting fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2015 and the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in 2016. Bell lives and works in New York, New York.
Bell creates paintings and sculptures from objects and materials she finds at salvage yards, and sometimes on Craigslist. She specifically looks for objects that transform according to their environment. His current job, “False Scene” focuses on the ideas of Russian constructivists.
“Using woodworking tools as a form of marking and building materials as a palette, I construct paintings and sculptures,” Bell said. “The compositions are in a freeze frame state, as if holding their breath until the viewer leaves.”
Joe Hedges currently lives in Pullman, Washington, and is an intermedia artist whose works incorporate oil painting and new media installation. Her work highlights the effects of technology on the human experience, offering juxtapositions with media objects and art history. Hedges has participated in national and international exhibitions. The artist has also led community public art projects in Ohio, Kentucky and Washington.
Exhibition of hedges, “Ctrl+A”, depicts oil paintings alongside recent media products that consume the world today to represent how the world and technology have shaped themselves over time. Her work bears witness to how artists have expressed their creativity differently throughout history, with the addition of technology. His works can be described as combinatorial and sometimes puzzle-like, making viewers interested in the ideas behind the pieces.
Tomasz Winiarski is from Bielsko-Biala, Poland. He studied at the Faculty of Graphic Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, where he defended a thesis at Studio Intaglio. The artist has won numerous awards for his work and has participated in over 200 exhibitions, both national and international. Additionally, Winiarski has presented his pieces in solo exhibitions.
Winiarski continues his graphic series “Perpetual Mobile” for over 14 years. For most of his work, the artist uses metal techniques. This series includes over 100 prints created using the classic mezzotint and drypoint techniques.
The artists’ exhibitions will be presented from January 14 to February 14. 12, at the Bolivar Art Gallery, on the first floor of the UK School of Art and Visual Studies building, located at 236 Bolivar Street. The public can view the exhibits during normal gallery hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies, artistic education, curatorial studies and digital media design.