In February, BRG Spotlights Latest Works from Kelli Scott Kelley and Kathryn Hunter with Jamie Baldridge Making His Debut as a BRG Artist Member
Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) is proud to feature the latest works from three of its artist members – Jamie Baldridge, Kelli Scott Kelley and Kathryn Hunter – during its February exhibition. The three-person exhibition will be on display at BRG February 1 - 26, 2015 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12-6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday).
A ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Reception will be held – in partnership with BREC - at the gallery, located inside City Park (1515 Dalrymple Drive) to celebrate the exhibition on February 4, 2015 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public.
On Sunday, February 8, the gallery’s ARTiculate Artist Talk series will offer an intimate look at the inspirations, techniques and thoughts that led to the works featured in the gallery. Each of the three exhibiting artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions from those in attendance. ARTiculate begins at 4 p.m. and is also free and open to the public.
Visitors to the exhibition will be treated to Kelli Scott Kelley’s allegorical “Monsters,” Jamie Baldridge’s surreal baroque photography and Kathryn Hunter’s playful prints.
Jamie Baldridge – Monuments of Want
Jamie Baldridge makes his debut as a BRG artist member with Monuments of Want, a jarring photography series that transforms unexpressed dialogue into ephemeral surrealist expression. Baldridge creates baroque images that tell stories of imperfect heroes and heroines, bringing to light his internal doubts, personal philosophies and current obsessions. Enchanting, stark and probing, he creates strong images that examine life beyond experienced reality. Baldridge creates highly manipulated tableau vivant photographs referencing literary, philosophical, religious and artistic themes such as symbolism and psychological dream imagery.
Jamie Bladridge is a native of New Iberia, LA. He earned his B.F.A. and M.F.A. at Louisiana State University and has gone on to exhibit in galleries throughout the world. He has published two books and his work has been featured on album covers and commercial campaigns, as well as in ARTnews, Zoom, Harper's Bazaar Russia, Photo+, Juxtapoz, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Dubai's The National and many more. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute and Cornell University in addition to local collections in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art & Louisiana State University's Special Collections.
Baldridge currently resides in Lafayette, LA and is a Professor of New Media & Digital Art at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.
Kathryn Hunter - Suspended
Kathryn Hunter blurs the line between fantasy and nature in her latest exhibition Suspended. After retreating into the mountains of Montana and Wyoming for almost ten years, Hunter returned to the south bringing with her a love for nature and storytelling that transcends the page. Through the use of printmaking, Hunter shares her love affair with the plants, animals and natural elements that have shaped and inspired her. With prints and large installations that are playful yet sophisticated, Hunter inspires viewers to become fellow adventurers. Hunter uses primarily ink, paper and collage in her printmaking and installations.
Kathryn Hunter, a BRG Artist Member since 2008, earned her BFA in printmaking at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT and her MFA at Louisiana State University in printmaking. Hunter has been featured in The Mississippi State University Cullis Wade Depot Gallery, LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans and the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA. Her works can be found in the collections of The Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University, The Louisiana State University Museum of Art, The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, LA and in the special collections of the Hill Memorial Library at Louisiana State University. Her work has been published in The Chronicle of Secret Riven, A New Trend in Letterpress Printing (Japan), Uppercase Magazine, New Typography (Hong Kong) andReinventing Letterpress: Inspirational Pieces by Contemporary Practitioners. Hunter owns Blackbird Letterpress in Baton Rouge, LA, a shop that specializes in custom letterpress printing & design.
Kelli Scott Kelley – Heroes and Monsters
In her latest exhibition, Heroes and Monsters, Kelli Scott Kelley uses illustrations to give faces to the creatures that intimidate and harass our culture. Throughout history, monsters have been used to identify a particular issue or incident. Kelley, fascinated by their metaphorical use, creates her own monsters that are delicate and striking, transforming atrocities such as war, environmental deterioration and greed into allegorical beasts. Kelley's work is primarily comprised of mixed media narrative paintings, drawing and objects. She has also collaborated to create video and performance works.
Kelli Scott Kelley, a BRG Artist Member since 2003, is a Baton Rouge native. She received her BFA from the Louisiana State University and her MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kelley's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in the Měsíc ve dne in Czeske Budejovice (Czech Republic), Bangalore University in Bangalore, India, The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (TX), Taylor Bercier Gallery, The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder, CO) and most recently The Martine Chaisson Gallery in New Orleans. In 2012, she was awarded a $32,000 ATLAS Grant (Awards To Louisiana Artists and Scholars) to complete her art book project, Accalia and the Swamp Monster. In September 2014, the LSU Museum of Art - in a joint event with LSU Press - began a travelling exhibition of the artworks featured in the book. Kelley is a Professor of Painting at Louisiana State University.
For more information on Baton Rouge Gallery, or this exhibition specifically, visit batonrougegallery.org or call 225.383.1470.