Subtle Imperfections

Exhibit dates: October 12 – November 24, 2012

Janice Jakielski and Mark Hosford both investigate personal relationships through the use of play.  Hosford’s vibrant and lucid screen prints are representations of his vulnerabilities and human interactions.  Jakielski’s intricately hand crafted bonnet like objects inspired by child hood memories are poetic metaphors of communication.  Hosford and Jakielski use a decadent palate to ease the complexities of social interactions and allow the viewer to escape into a fantastical reality.  The love of craft and making is evident in both bodies of work.

At the opening reception Mark Hosford will have completed Redux’s newest mural! The Blue Ribbon Revival and Mechanical River with Joel Hamilton will also perform live music at the opening reception from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. The food truck Pot Kettle Black will be available for food and refreshments.  The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Mark Hosford playfully alludes to the Surrealists’ ideas that psychological truths can be revealed through drawing. In his Rorschach drawings, he takes for his starting point light gray ink jet blots, which were invented to help psychologists lead their patients to reveal repressed meanings through free association. Hosford transforms these symmetrical organic forms by inlaying penciled-in images of his own eccentric devising; monstrous creatures and hybrid beings reminiscent of the dark animation of the Brothers Quay and Jan Švankmajer. Hosford’s vibrant and meticulous screenprints focus on investigations of the human condition, utilizing a stylistic amalgamation of his childhood affinity for comics, animation, punk, metal, tattoo, horror, sci-fi, street art, and counter culture.

Janice Jakielski makes objects for the body in order to transform the world and how we perceive the world.  Through the use of humor, meticulous detail and ambiguous function Jakielski invites her audience to investigate closer, closing the physical gap between viewer and object.  In this way the details of the workmanship become a whisper, flirtatiously seductive in it’s discretion.  By disrupting or enhancing the senses Jakielski’s props make possible an exaggerated self-awareness, a break in the normalcy of daily experience.  With the body dressings she is creating a liminal space between the imagination and reality.  This work is a social experiment of sorts, a mediated event to explore communication, comfort and complacency through play.

About Janice Jakeilski

Janice Jakielski was born in Maytown, Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramic Art and Design at Alfred University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Jakielski has been an artist-in-resident at the Roswell Artist in Residence Program in Roswell, NM; the Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, The Archie Bray Foundations for the Arts, Helena, MT.  During the summer of 2012 she will be a fellow at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, CA.  Her work has been shown at the Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA, The Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR; Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY, Vertigo Artspace, Denver, CO and the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

About Mark Hosford

Mark Hosford, born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974. He moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1993 to pursue a BFA in Studio Arts at the University of Kansas. After graduating in 1998, he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After receiving his MFA in 2001, Hosford accepted a teaching position at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Art. Hosford has served as president of the Southern Graphics Education Outreach and Vice President of Outreach for the Southern Graphics Council, the largest international printmaking organization. Specializing in printmaking, drawing, and animation, he uses narrative imagery in his art to explore societal curiosities and personal investigations. Hosford has a national, international, and regional exhibition record, including exhibitions in Poland, Germany, South Korea, China, New York, Boston, and California. His work is included in numerous public and private collections. He is represented by Taylor / Bercier Fine Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee.

Read about the exhibition in this and this article by the Charleston City Paper!