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  1. Friday, November 27, 2020

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Exhibitions

Elevate – Lexington

Showing at 21c Lexington On display from October 2019 - December 2020
  • James R Southard, Lest We Forget (stills of video), 2019. Single-channel video animations.

  • James R Southard, Lest We Forget (stills of video), 2019. Single-channel video animations.

  • James R Southard, Lest We Forget (stills of video), 2019. Single-channel video animations.

  • Mia Cinelli, Insatiable Spaces [parade candy] (detail), 2019. Vinyl print – original miniature sculptures: printed waxed paper, paper sticks, clay, acrylic paint, interior house paint, soap

  • Mia Cinelli, Insatiable Spaces [parade candy] (detail), 2019. Vinyl print – original miniature sculptures: printed waxed paper, paper sticks, clay, acrylic paint, interior house paint, soap

  • Lina Tharsing, Vinyl print. Original paintings from left to right: Empty Vase, Oil on panel, 2018, Offering, Oil on canvas, 2018, (top) New Symbols, Oil on panel, 2019, (bottom) Glowing, Oil on panel, 2019, You Can’t Steal My Magic, Oil on panel, 2019, (top) Hologram, Oil on canvas, 2019, (bottom) Setting the Scene, Oil on panel, 2016, Pine Mountain Portal, Oil on canvas, 2018, Plant Portrait III, Oil on panel, 2017, Plant Portrait VII, Oil on panel, 2018, (top) Eternal Return, Oil on panel, 2018, (bottom) Dream, Oil on panel, 2016

About the Exhibition

About the Exhibition

Elevate at 21c presents temporary exhibitions of works by artists living and working in the communities surrounding each 21c Museum Hotel property. Elevate provides hotel guests with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of 21c’s contemporary art space. To view these works, please stop by the front desk to arrange access to the vitrines on guest room floors.

Elevate at 21c Lexington presents the work of Lina Tharsing, Crystal Gregory and Alexa Williams, Mia Cinelli and James R Southard.

 

James R Southard
Lest We Forget, 2019

Floor 3

Lest We Forget is an animated video series created using historic Kodachrome slides taken by James R Southard’s father during the Vietnam War. The series illustrates fictional experiences created by Southard and his brothers, amalgams of pop culture, film, and television depictions of the war, as they struggle to imagine the reality of his wartime life. Southard says, “Since his passing, we are unable to ask him and only have his military record and these images.”

James Robert Southard is photographer, video artist, and writer. After receiving his MFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2011, Southard has shown his work in many international exhibitions, and traveled extensively while working to document cultures through film, video, and writing. He teaches photography at the University of Kentucky.

 

Crystal Gregory and Alexa Williams
Husk, 2019
Pressed sawdust, copper rings, and paint in a Kentucky field over three days.

Floor 5

Husk is the latest iteration of the collaborative sculpture work of Crystal Gregory and Alexa Williams. Using durable metal, concrete, and sawdust, the artists create sculptures that require constant rearrangement and care over time. Each project is carefully designed to build delicate and impermanent cast shapes sitting within particular landscapes. These site-specific works reflect an ongoing working relationship between two women.

The Husk project includes a temporary installation in each artists’ current home: the first at West Sixth Farm in the rolling hills of Kentucky (shown here), and the second on an open beachscape in New York.

Mia Cinelli
Insatiable Spaces [parade candy], 2019

Floor 6

“Engaging with the archetypal form of a house as a metaphor for the safe and familiar, I aim to explore the physical manifestations of yearning. As emotionally functional objects, these sculptures serve to address, alleviate, or activate our longing. Here, nostalgia and homesickness are similar as insatiable desires. These tiny spaces are sardonic faux-confections; simultaneously delightful and disappointing.” – Mia Cinelli

Mia Cinelli is a multidisciplinary artist and designer specializing in the design of images, objects, and experiences. With work ranging from experimental products to digital typefaces, her work conceptualizes frameworks for experiences which engender meaningful interactions. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art Studio & Digital Design at the University of Kentucky.

Lina Tharsing
Floor 12
“This series utilizes a new language of symbols borne out of my subconscious. After the death of my parents, images of fruit, hands, and flowers started to appear. Fruits and flowers often figure as offerings in the rites of the dead. Vanitas paintings by the Dutch masters frequently included fruit, vegetables, and flowers, meant to serve as moralistic reminders of the fleeting nature of existence and the inevitability of death. Hands and light represent life, energy’s ability to transform without destruction. This symbology has its archetypal roots, and to a large extent, I am moved unconsciously towards it. The importance of the archetype is not to explain it away and then have control over it, but rather, allow it to lead us towards a deeper, more intuitive understanding of our own ‘psychic constellations’ of memories and associations.” – Lina Tharsing

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