Crossing Borders: Exploring Transitional Spaces
January 9 - February 17Free
Curated by Jake Ford
Beth Heustis, Keegan Kruse, Whitney Olsen, Jackson Taylor, Cher Von, and Jessica Whittington
Crossing Borders: Exploring Transitional Spaces exhibits the unique perspectives of six artists as they interpret the theme of “crossing borders.” The work on view questions boundaries between life and death, creative processes, political divisions, and cognitive perceptions.
Crossing Borders was inspired by the 2016 -2017 academic theme for the School of Liberal Studies at Spalding University. This theme celebrates the life long passion of Mother Catherine Spalding and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth which continues on through Spalding’s mission to provide quality education with an emphasis on service and the promotion of peace and justice. The artists who where invited to exhibit all have a passion for spreading diversity and innovative thought through their creative processes. The work of Kentucky artists Beth Heustis, Keegan Kruse, Whitney Olsen, Jackson Taylor, Cher Von, and Jessica Whittington embody the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth as they investigate a variety of discourses important to our local and regional communities where crossing a border is not only needed but necessary to build relationships and decrease the divisions which inhibit peace, justice, and equality for all humans.
Beth Heustis is a Louisville native who received her BFA in Studio arts from the University of Louisville and is currently working as a preparator at KMAC. Heustis’s current work deals with the inconsistencies of memory recall and how they effect our perception of reality.
Keegan Kruse is a local artist and photographer who received his BA from the University of Louisville with a focus in photography. He is currently the Chief Photographer at Café Press. His most recent work looks at how different stages of life effect the creative process. Kruse draws on past moments of creativity and collages them into new forms dealing with time, memory, and growth through periods of stillness.
Whitney Olsen is a local glass artist who received her BFA from the University of Louisville. She currently works at Flame Run and is building her own glass and neon studio. Olsen’s work deals with personal growth and acceptance through meditation. She uses light, drawing, and collage, among other mediums, to show how the seemingly fragmented parts of a person are actually a complicated web of light and dark energy which swells and pulses with the rhythms of the universe.
Jackson Taylor is a Louisville based artist from Lawrenceburg, Ky. He is currently working on receiving his BFA from the University of Louisville. Jackson’s work is rooted in the historic process of stone lithography. Much like the chemical subtraction and reproduction of ink in lithography, Taylor’s work deals with the decay and growth through life and death cycles. His use of imagery from war films, mass media, and personal collections give his work a deep and sincere social commentary mixed with mysterious other worldly lens.
Cher Von is a Louisville artist who travels the world delivering powerful and emotive sound and movement performances. Cher Von’s work incorporates wordless vocalizations, free
movement, and natural found materials into profound performance pieces. Her performance
for Crossing Borders deals with comfort zones, intimacy, and social constructs about the body
and human contact.
Jessica Whittington is a Kentucky artist who received her BFA from the University of Kentucky.
Her current work was derived from her experience with the North Dakota Access Pipeline. Her concern for the state of global climate change has moved her to create work which comments on our relationship with the environment, consumption, and how to change our need for more and more waste.
Reception: Friday, February 3, 2017, 5-7 p.m.
Performance by Cher Von: Friday, February 3, at 6 p.m.