Arts & Culture

'What is a Hole?' Asks Next Little/Gaines Artist

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2011) − For the first time, the Little/Gaines Artist Series, the popular collaborative artists series hosted by University of Kentucky's Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center and Gaines Center for the Humanities, will continue with events in the spring. The series spotlights the work of Kentucky artists and brings together artists in the same or different genres or media collaborating around a theme selected by the Little/Gaines Artist. The first spring event, which is free and open to the public, will feature musician and visual artist Robert Beatty at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Niles Gallery, at Little Library.

Beatty, an electronic musician, visual artist and Lexington native, works within the audio-visual medium to perform solo as Three Legged Race or with his psychedelic noise band, Hair Police. He also contributes to C. Spencer Yeh's Burning Star Core and designs for other experimental music bands.

In addition to playing music and his art, Beatty served as art director for UK's student radio station, WRFL, for the past five years.

For the Little/Gaines Artist Series, Beatty will collaborate with several artists to present "What is a Hole?," a video work-in-progress from his project, "Resonant Hole." Beatty describes the ongoing project as "a loose collective that generates anonymous alternate reality audio-visual output."

After a month-long recording session in the spring of 2009, "Resonant Hole" emerged from the music of numerous obscure bands. The project attempts to blur the lines between reality and fiction with music, electronic sound collages, otherworldly videos and hallucinatory variety shows.

Beatty's show will be the first of two spring Little/Gaines events. The second event will feature a UK student named the Little/Gaines Artist for March 2011. Both programs should last approximately an hour and will be followed by a reception.

For more information on the Little/Gaines Artist Series or on the Robert Beatty event, contact Gail Kennedy, director of Little Fine Arts Library, at (859) 257-4631, or Lisa Broome-Price, associate director of the Gaines Center, at (859) 257-1537, or visit the series on Facebook at

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