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About the Exhibition

CCBC Essex Gallery
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Bohlander - Chipps - Hileman - Hutton - Kyner - Tolbert

This exhibition is an example of something that is important to remember in this strange time period we are living through: connectivity.  

 

A majority of the artists in “Intersections” have worked together/shown together, or have had some prior artistic relationship, whether it was through peer-to-peer critique, or mentor to mentee interaction.  

 

As a faculty member here at CCBC (and having taught at other institutions) Trisha Kyner is the hub of the wheel for “Intersections.” Kyner’s interactions with Skip Chipps, Jani Hileman, Sara Hutton, and Lauren Tolbert provided the framework for the exhibition, which explores the conceptual and technical connections of their work.  

 

A new “intersection” occurred completely by accident (something one of my own mentors would have called a “happy accident”) when the work for “Intersections” began arriving in the gallery. I couldn’t help but notice how the texture and palette of Jeff Bohlander’s work fit so well with the pieces in “Intersections.” Bohlander’s mixed media pieces were waiting to be picked up from an exhibition that had been switched from physical to virtual in the wake of the pandemic.

 

The meeting of these works- those slated for “Intersections” and Bohlander’s from the now postponed “A Thousand Words, Vol. 3” coming together in such a way… It's the type of kismet that I did not expect to experience at this moment in time.

 

But it was one that fit the theme of the exhibition perfectly.

- curator Nicole Buckingham Kern

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Artists

The goal of my work is to tell a story. It will not be the same story to everyone, as each viewer brings their story. I always considered myself a painter who combines painting, collage and assemblage with contemporary concepts. Though I normally begin a piece with an idea in mind or “end vision”, the process itself is often intuitive, allowing me to be led in unexpected directions. In this sense I feel a kinship with Dada, and Surrealist artists and poets.
 

Juxtaposing seemingly incongruous images to create new, sometimes odd, relationships. My work is often about memories and evoke a deep love of history and a sense of space and place, family and heritage. It is narrative in nature, but what I want most is that they initiate a dialogue with the viewer. Force the viewer to engage the piece and allow his or her own history to be reflected in it. I have also lately been exploring the realm of abstraction, yet I still attempt to maintain a narrative component through the use of words and bits of imagery.

Jeff Bohlander

Skip Chipps

For most of my life I have chosen to “fit in”, to not stand out or draw attention to myself. I have been the wallflower at the dance, but through art I have learned that I am unique and that is not something to hide in the corner. Individuals have the right to be exactly that: individual. I explore these themes in my work somewhat surprisingly though the multiple. I am inspired by genderbending and non-binary forms and recent work utilizes the dynamics of the simplest of geometries and platonic solids. In several of these works I use eye catching, glittery material because in comparison to other things, it creates spectacle. Glitter demands attention and has long association with queer culture and activism. I have been exploring mold making and making multiples in my work over the past year. I have been using porcelain casting slip to create these works. Using molds is one way of mass producing cast ceramic objects. I am particularly interested in the inherent beauty of porcelain; a clay that is closest to glass, it engages with a unique kind of beauty. I allow the porcelain to remain unglazed and then I polish the surface using diamond sanding wheels to allow the natural beauty to shine. This process also creates a very smooth surface on the porcelain. These surfaces, paired with the glitter surfaces in my works, creates a tension within the pieces exploring the individual versus the collective, the one among the many and the other themes I investigate throughout my art. My current paintings express movement, isolation, moods and beauty in a confined society.