Arts & Culture

UK Presents Artist Talks With Yoonmi Nam, Jesse Harrod, Jason Craighead, Taylor Baldwin

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photo of 4 prints of plant stems coming out of fast food cups by Yoonmi Nam
photo of painting by Jason Craighead

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2019) Beginning today, the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies will present free, public talks as part of its Visiting Artists Series. Each year the school hosts scholars and artists concerned with contemporary visual culture for lectures, exhibitions and workshops in cooperation with the Art History & Visual Studies program. Artist Yoonmi Nam will kick off this fall's series of lectures.

Yoonmi Nam’s: Noon today (Friday), Oct. 4, Bolivar Art Gallery

Yoonmi Nam’s work considers cross-cultural experience and a sense of transience through observations of everyday objects and occurrences. In her prints, drawings, sculptural works and installations, she uses familiar disposable objects and cut flower arrangements as subject matter and explores their materiality, ephemerality, persistence and the common and extraordinary way we structure our surroundings. A selection of Nam’s recent prints is currently on display at Bolivar in a solo show titled “For A Little While.” The opening reception for this show and the Mid America Print Council (MAPC) Member’s Juried Exhibition, which Nam served as juror for, will begin immediately following her talk.

Jesse Harrod: Noon Friday, Nov. 8, Art and Visual Studies Building, Room 136

Jesse Harrod's work manipulates and transforms materials to animate their sexual and sensual qualities and explore the intersections among queer kinship, support and sexuality. In sculptural installations, he works with rope as a pliable, linear element that is regarded much like a drawing tool, specifically utilizing knot making techniques such as macramé in ways that can be understood as simultaneously restraining and supporting.

Jason Craighead: Noon Friday, Nov. 15, Art and Visual Studies Building, Room 136

Jason Craighead's paintings are a dynamic and expressive combination of acrylic paint, oil pastel and graphite markings on canvas. His works emits an infectious, fervent energy; where every splatter, drip and scratch convey the artist’s emotional and profound spirit. Craighead's work echoes the well-known words of Edward Hopper, “If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” 

Taylor Baldwin: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 21C Museum Hotel Lexington

Taylor Baldwin's work seeks to conflate the act of making with an act of violence — or unmaking — whether enacted physically or cognitively, whether enacted on an object, an image or an idea. In his practice, he uses sculpture, video and installation as a tool to stitch together and/or confuse the discordant relationship between a physical object and the cognitive experience of it.

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, part of the 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 studioart history and visual studiesart educationcuratorial studies and digital media design.

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