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.