Exhibit Opening Reception and Artist Talk: PLAYNTINGS: un[bound]Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
Location: McMaster Gallery, 1516 Senate Street
Artist: Lily Kuonen
Lily Kuonen received her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently she is Associate Professor of Art and Foundations Coordinator at Jacksonville University in Florida. Her work has been included in numerous group juried and invitational exhibitions (over 50 in the last five years) both nationally and internationally including: Sarah Smith Gallery, Yale University; Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, AZ; Atelier Gallerie, Lacoste, France; Bargehouse, London; Bakehouse Art Center, FL; Lovey Town, WI; BOCA Museum of Art, FL; The Arlington Arts Center, VA. Kuonen has recently traveled throughout the US and abroad, completing a summer long artist residency in Lacoste, France, and thus far, in 2017 she adds four more solo shows to her roster. Kuonen regularly contributes interviews and exhibition reviews for BURNAWAY Magazine in Atlanta, GA.
About the Exhibit: PLAYNTINGS: un[bound] features hybrid combinations of painting drawing and dimensional constructions by Lily Kuonen. She is an Arkansas native, born in the kitchen of her parent’s house, and from her experiences has learned to stretch and repurpose materials, alter forms to connect to place, and respond to surrounding visual and temporal cues through site-responsive works. She constructs layered and at times oppositional surfaces that rely on optical interplays. These visual sources are paired conceptually with forms that explore temporality, fragility, pressure, balance, comfort, interdependence, desire, and self-reliance. The work spans the space of the gallery from the ceilings, walls, and floors, at a full range of scale from both intimate to more expansive.
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Visual Art and Design