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Berea College – Doris Ulmann Galleries


address  101 Chestnut St.
 Berea, KY  40404
phone (859) 985-3530
hours Mon.-Thu. 9 am-6 pm; Fri .9 am-5 pm; Sun. 1 pm-5 pm
dulmanngalleries.berea.edu

Upcoming Events

The Department of Human Capital

Art Show
By Sarah Irvin Artist Statement: My practice is enabled by and exists within the context of motherhood as both a lived experience and social construct. By responding to the biological act of bearing an infant and the discipline of care-taking that is the commitment to “mother” a child, I seek to open up a dialog about what it means to take on these responsibilities and how these actions shape the individual performing them. The pieces are derived from the everyday, but the interface of materials and processes of art making with the everyday provides an entry point into broader topics of gender, production, reproduction, care, biological processes, and cultural systems.
Artist;Berea;exhibition;travel;environmental;Motherhood;gallery
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: http://dulmanngalleries.berea.edu/event/the-department-of-human-capital-by-sarah-irvin/
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Schedule
 • Mon 1/22/18 - Fri 2/23/18 at 8am-5pm 

Composed Constructed

Art Show, Sculpture, Installations, Ceramics/Pottery
Composed Constructed is an installation by Susan Beiner Artist Statement: The most recent concerns in my work deal with making what is organic synthetic. In todays’ world, most everything is manufactured of artificial materials. This extends to what was once all natural. Genetically altered foods, cloned animals and the hybridization of everything. Clay and ceramic materials for the most part are all derived from nature, elements that are naturally mined from the earth. This has lead me to want to use additional materials that are a result of an industrial process such as foam, plexi-glass and rubber. My use of excess has evolved to issues similar to those in urban sprawl – the sense of being surrounded by a manufactured and engineered environment. My current work displays a shift to ideas about installation, covering an expanse of space. Installation allows me to reassemble shapes, attributes, qualities and quantities on a much larger scale suggesting an essential connection to our physical space. My interest is fueled by elements of layering, fragmentation, multiplication, juxtaposition and complication. Intense brilliant color reveals an obviously artificial man-made reality. Color is swirled together in rhythmic sequences mirroring the activities of a microscopic sample or aerial topography. The encrustation’s are abstracted from real plant life, allowing the viewer to proceed into the interior pattern of a stylized manufactured plastic plant life. So as a viewer we are challenged by our own perceptions of what is authentic and what is not.
museum;gallery;art;artist;sculpture;
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: http://dulmanngalleries.berea.edu/
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Schedule
 • Mon 2/19/18 - Fri 3/30/18 at 8am-5pm 

Dragonslayer by Alexander Hanson

Art Show, Museum, Gallery, Sculpture
Alexander Hanson I want to know how we think we can ascertain anything optimistic about the world when we insist on looking through dirty glasses. My creative research focuses on the use of objects, constructed and found, as a way to ask pointed questions related to faith; and the use or abuse of it in everyday life. My work often takes form through installation or built environments; I use a variety of materials and objects to create instances where the viewer is invited to enter into a constructed fiction. I attempt to make work that invites, allows and provides people with the opportunity to see the world differently. I am interested in contradiction and how we use models and principles that do not stand on their own legs to value and derive meaning. I aim to create work that illuminates the complications behind seeing the world narrowly. I want to highlight the futility, hopelessness, and failure behind the challenge of extracting a pure or unadulterated meaning of the pieces of the puzzle we are given. Consider what it means to be broken vs. what it means to be altered. Consider everything is fragile and at any moment everything can change. Consider what makes us make decisions could possibly not be our soul or our learned experiences, but the balance or imbalance of certain chemicals in our blood at any given point in time. Consider we take part in destroying a world it is in our best interest to preserve. Consider in order to fix a hole, you have to destroy a pile of dirt. I employ sculpture as a way to point a finger at our conceived notions of truth and use symbols and objects to invite the viewer to use irreverent skepticism to freely laugh at, poke holes in and make light of those ideas as a last ditch effort to fully understand them. If magic doesn’t exist, then that is just fine; but rather than mourning, we should rejoice, because we should prefer a world where that is the case. I want to be able to constantly reconsider what I often believe to be underlying reasons for how to live a good life and how to make the right decision. What is right and what is wrong is never so simple. I want to know what joy is and how to find a real and lasting version of it. I attempt to introduce an audience to instances that can produce despair in the hope of moving them beyond paralysis in the face of seemingly hopeless situations. I want to be the person to shake people off the fence, not just so I can watch them fall, but so I can catch them before they hit the ground.
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Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: http://dulmanngalleries.berea.edu/event/alexander-hanson/
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Schedule
 • Tue 3/13/18 - Thu 4/5/18 at 8am-5pm