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Momento/Memento

Friday night I celebrated the opening of a group exhibition, Momento/Memento at REVERSE space, a gallery in Brooklyn, New York. I showed digital paintings, and friends Jacob Lynn, Christy Wittmer, and Corrina Mehiel showed fiber works, sculptures, and photographs, respectively.

We had a nice little write up in Artfcity.com, calling the exhibition a must see event and describing my photos as possessing an “Alzheimer’s-like strangeness”

This was my first show in New York and I am happy to have shown alongside good friends from Cincinnati. Here’s an excerpt from the exhibition description:

OPENING FRIDAY, JUNE 19TH, 7 – 9PM, REVERSE will present, for the first time in New York, four Cincinnati-based artists working on the objectification of time and memory.
Consciousness is endlessly grasping for objects as moment boxes. Yet there is an important etymological distinction between our contemporary understanding of memento (commonly misspelled momento)—a French souvenir, which can take the form of anything from a cheap snow globe to an interesting rock—and memento mori, which symbolized the medieval practice of reflecting on mortality and the transient nature of the universe. It is in the gap between these two definitions of the same term that the exhibition MOMENTO / MEMENTO operates, as Joe Hedges, Jacob Lynn, Corrina Mehiel, and Christy Wittmer work to acknowledge an objectified attachment to moments in time.Photo Jun 19, 7 55 51 PM (1)

Read the entire description here: http://reversespace.org/momento-memento/

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Exhibition Invitation

After much deliberation, I decided my exhibition postcard should not be a postcard at all, but more of an invitation.  I spent a lot of time on the project so I figured I should invest some love and care into the invite as well.  I think the idea of opening something, of revealing and concealing, and of layers relates more to this project and my work generally than a glossy static image.  So I used envelopes to create a little suspense and used a custom stamp and a QR code to act as clues.

Besides being utilitarian, the QR code has become a symbol of the blurring of the physical and digital worlds.  The brown policy envelopes relate to my interest in the aesthetics of bureaucracy and cold war color (my box project), the Solgonda logo evokes petroglyphs, and the OCR-A extended font suggests computers (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OCR-A_font).

Half of the invites I created have real stamps affixed.  The other half, which I will distribute in mailboxes at universities and among friends in person, have fake stamps.  The stamp was an important design element but obviously not necessary for items that won’t be mailed, so a color printer, some stamp-edge scrap-booking scissors, and rubber cement was my solution to preserve the integrity of the design but not waste an extra 46 cents an envelope.  Not surprisingly, fake stamps are way cheaper than real ones!  To be thorough, I created my own postmark although I decided not to use it in the end as it is a little too fantasy for this project.

Solgonda.com QR codeYou can make your own QR code for free, instantly, for just about any website at www.the-qrcode-generator.com.  This site is nice as it allows you to specify the size in pixels.

For photo stamps, I used photo.stamps.com.  They are kind of pricey but the website is easy to use and the printing is of excellent quality.

I ordered the envelopes at  www.jampaper.com, home of lots of unique and cool paper products.

Go make something!

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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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