KENISE BARNES FINE ART

FINE ART GALLERY AND CONSULTING SERVICE SINCE 1994

Intent and PurposeMeg Hitchcock, Michiyo Ihara, Eleanor White

January 11 - February 23, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

M E G  H I T C H C O C K

Meg Hitchcock’s work begins with sacred texts; she cuts tiny individual letters from various scripture and uses the isolated typeset characters to create intricate designs. Letters are cut from a Bible and rearranged into a passage from the Koran, letters from the Koran are transformed into verses from the Torah, and so on. Her work addresses the limitations of language and interpretation and questions the exclusivity of fundamentalist belief systems. By deconstructing and recombining holy books of diverse religions, Hitchcock undermines their authority and animates the common thread that weaves through all scripture. A former evangelical Christian, Hitchcock is interested in the psychology of authority, surrender, and transcendence. The repetition of cutting and placing letters simulates the liturgical sacraments of the Church and alludes to the recitations of Eastern religions. The labor-intensive aspect of her work is a meditation practice as well as an exploration of the various forms of devotion. The work is a celebration of the diverse experiences of spirituality, as well as an acknowledgment of the desire for connection with something larger than oneself. By blurring the boundaries between religions, Hitchcock suggests that the holy word of God may be nothing more than a sublime expression of our shared humanity.

Meg Hitchcock’s work is in the collections of Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Library, Yale University, Nouf Al-Saud of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, Christopher Rothko, New York, NY, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA, to name a few. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The New Criterion, Art in America and many other publications. Hitchcock earned a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA and studied at the Fortman and Cecil-Graves Studios, Florence, Italy.

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Ladder & Key

Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (SARTS), Reconstructing Sacred Text

Religion News Service, Far From the Museum of the Bible...

Buzzworthy, Artist Deconstructs Sacred Texts to Show Them in a New Light

Colossal, New Text Drawings Formed by Letters from Religious Texts by Meg Hitchcock

Strictly Paper, New Cut Paper Religious Rewritings by Meg Hitchcock

The Boston Globe, The Library, Illuminated Anew, in Bold Mass MoCA Show

M I C H I Y O  I H A R A

Japanese-born artist Michiyo Ihara uses only paper and pencil to create artwork that expresses the complexity of the universe. Beginning at the center of the white paper, she makes her first mark. Building outward with amazing skill and intricacy, she rotates the paper to continue the drawing. Each tiny symbol, sometimes animal, plant or planet, exists within a cell-like membrane. One little universe begets another as they grow outward in a beautiful, imperfect near symmetry. Ihara begins each drawing title with the word snowflake to reference the infinite and unique possibilities of creation.  

The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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Art By Nature, Through the Eyes of Michiyo Ihara

Elemeno-p, Art, Words and Images That Inspire

Westchester Home, Old Versus New: Victorian Home Gets Modern Update

E L E A N O R   W H I T E

Working with a multiplicity of nontraditional media, Eleanor White strives to transform materials while honoring their innate associations. Rose petals, crushed emu or chicken eggshells, wood ash, glass bottles, dandelion fuzz, cocoa powder, playing cards, gold leaf, hourglasses, straight pins and zinfandel wine are some of the familiar materials in White’s work. By her own admission, she creates “obsessively constructed objects and drawings”, her obsession and formal training manifest in meticulously crafted objects. White literally and metaphorically layers materials; object and meaning inform one another in her captivating work.

Eleanor White has been awarded numerous professional honors including a Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books from The New York Foundation for the Arts, the New Art Annual award from the Stamford Museum, CT, the William H. Rinehart Award from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, the Jacob K. Javits National Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, and has earned residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA. White earned her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. The artist lives and works in Beacon, NY.

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Ladder & Key

Upstate House

Rockland County Times

Midge's Mind

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