Two Kent State Solo Exhibitions, Prints and Paintings Open Downtown
The Kent State University School of Art Collection and Galleries presents two exhibitions opening in December at off-campus galleries: “Memoirs of Disintegration” by Marie Bukowski and “Folds, Gestures, Movement” by Jenniffer Omaitz. “Memoirs of Disintegration” is a collection of recent prints created by Ms. Bukowski and will be on view at the Kent State Downtown Gallery from Dec. 5, 2018, through Jan. 12, 2019. “Folds, Gestures, Movement” includes paintings by Ms. Omaitz that were created from 2015-2018 and will be on view at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center from Dec. 7, 2018, through March 30, 2019. Receptions for both exhibitions will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5-8 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Kent.
The Kent State Downtown Gallery is located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is located at 215 S. Depeyster St. in Kent. The gallery exhibition space is located adjacent to Nineteen10 bar and restaurant on the first floor. Artwork is on view during hotel hours.
Ms. Bukowski is an internationally recognized printmaker and the director at Kent State’s School of Art. Her prints form a kind of diary throughout a specific period of time, difficult or calm. They are “memoirs of disintegration,” but they are also a record of recovery and reconstruction after disintegration. Her work is motivated by secret thoughts and private experience, some trite and banal, some complex and glorious, but all of it obsessively recorded.
“Folds, Gestures, Movement: Works from 2015-2018” consist of a breadth of paintings from two ongoing series; “Solid Movement” and “Folding Gesture” by Ms. Omaitz, a Kent State M.F.A. painting alumna. “Solid Movement” is an investigation into gesture and its ability to encapsulate time and psyche, fuse internal and external and record conceptual state changes in solidified form. “Folding Gesture” explores changes in spatial order that appear fractured or fragmented. These states can remain calm or reconfigure coherence in the painting.