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MFA Thesis Reception Friday April 19

Solgonda

Solgonda

Solgonda: An Internet Art Gallery Installation by Joe Hedges as part of
Launch: University of Cincinnati Master of Fine Arts Students Thesis Exhibitions
The University of Cincinnati Sycamore Gallery
628 Sycamore St. Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Reception Friday April 19 6:30-10 p.m.
Artist talk Saturday April 20 12-3 p.m.
www.mfalaunch.com

Please consider stopping by my thesis exhibition.  The reception is free and open to the public of all ages and walks of life.  Come as you are and enjoy art, hors d’oeuvres (free food), wine, and fun.  My work will be on display during the Friday April 19th reception, the second of three consecutive exhibitions featuring nineteen Master of Fine Arts graduate students.  The exhibition will feature a diverse array of media including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, animation, mixed media, video art, internet art, and sound art from myself and several of my peers.

My own work combines assemblage sculpture, installation, and interactive digital art that makes use of my own photographic imagery and data from a variety of sources, using technologies such as HTML, PHP, JavaScript, etc. to arrange content into interactive scenes or pages.  After the exhibition the piece will be available online at www.solgonda.com.

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New Paintings

The show at DAAP was a success.  I will try and find some photos of the reception.  Here are some images of the paintings, as well as installation shots from the exhibition in 840 Gallery at the Department of Art Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati last week.  the paintings look so much smaller in these photos!  maybe the camera adds ten pounds to people but it subtracts a few feet from paintings.

It was so nice to see the paintings in a clean space with good light after living with them in my cramped and often messy studio for months.  I was especially pleased with the way the colors read in this space.  i received a great deal of valuable criticism and praise.  i feel pretty satisfied with this small series; i am considering ways i can expand and push things from here.  i am also working on an internet project that relates to these paintings; i hope to launch that in the next couple weeks.

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Hoarders: An Exhibition of Paintings

Joe Hedges and Nick Scrimenti, two artists in the University of Cincinnati’s MFA program, have created two separate bodies of paintings that overlap both thematically and stylistically. Many of Scrimenti‘s paintings are inspired by his stint working a summer job cleaning up the messes of deceased hoarders; Hedges has long had an interest in nostalgia and collecting, as manifested in his compositions of configurations of vintage boxes. Both artists are concerned with the ways humans relate, collect, and reconfigure manufactured objects.  Both artists paint with an intense interest in surface quality, layering, and the unexpected mark.

Please consider coming to DAAP next week to see some paintings by myself as well as some paintings by a fellow UC MFA candidate Nick Scrimenti.  Nick and I share an interest in the physical properties of paint and the surface of a painting.  His current paintings are partially inspired by a former summer job cleaning up the messes of deceased hoarders.  My current paintings deal with information storage.

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Motherlodge

I have been selected to participate in Motherlodge Live Arts Exchange in Louisville, KY. This weekend, March 29-April 1, Motherlodge Live Arts Exchange will present an art exhibit titled “Threshold”, featuring myself and over twenty other regional artists, as part of its Spring Live Arts Festival at the Rudyard Kipling in Louisville KY. Tickets for Motherlodge Live Arts musical and theatrical live acts are available in advance at motherlodge.com. The exhibit opens March 29, Thursday at 7:00pm and will remain open for the duration of Motherlodge Spring Live Arts Exchange, March 29-April 1. For a complete list of all live music, theatre, and events of Motherlodge Spring Exchange please visit www.motherlodge.com.

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Motherlodge

Two Hands

Two Hands, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, NFS

I have been selected to participate in Motherlodge Live Arts Exchange in Louisville, KY. This weekend, March 24-26, Motherlodge Live Arts Exchange will present an art exhibit titled “Shelter”, featuring myself and over twenty other regional artists, as part of its Spring Live Arts Festival at the Rudyard Kipling, Louisville KY. Entrance to the “Shelter” Pop Up Gallery is free. Tickets for Motherlodge Live Arts musical and theatrical live acts are available in advance at motherlodge.com. The exhibit opens March 24, Thursday 7-10pm and will remain open for the duration of Motherlodge Spring Live Arts Exchange, March 24-26. For a complete list of all live music, theatre, and events of Motherlodge Spring Exchange please visit www.motherlodge.com.

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Passages Gallery

View from My Bedroom

The View from my Bedroom in Over the Rhine, Oil on Canvas, 3' x 3'

I am pleased to have a piece selected to be included in an upcoming Juried exhibition entitled Emergence. This show includes art from regional BFA students and recent graduates like me. The show is at Passages Gallery and opens on February 5 from 6-9 p.m. Please consider coming out to see my piece and the work of other students from the University of Cincinnati, Miami University, and Northern Kentucky University.

Passages Gallery at Goodman is a new not-for-profit art gallery housed in a historic, 1920s, former elementary school in North College Hill, Cincinnati. The gallery’s mission is to bring art to the students and community of North College Hill.

Emergence Opening Reception
Saturday February 5th, 6pm-9pm
Passages Gallery
1731 Goodman Avenue
North College Hill, OH, 45239-4844

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Passages-Gallery/124280864290817

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