Monday, June 29, 2015

Relay Week 2: Mary Kudlak

We've begun Relay Week 2 here at Hera! Mary Kudlak is in town from LA working hard on her installation The Party's Over!


Installation Hours
Monday: Until 7
Tuesday: 10-7
Wednesday: 10-7
Thursday: 10-7
Friday: 10-6

With the holiday weekend coinciding with the exhibition, we will be hosting TWO receptions for Mary. 

Friday, July 3 6-8pm & Saturday, July 4, 12-3 pm (BBQ!)
  MARY KUDLAK is a Los Angeles based visual artist. Her work ranges from 2D prints and paintings to 3D objects and installation work. Focusing mainly on domestic spaces, her work presents the viewer with scenes of everydayness. Sometimes ironic, often comical imagery along with multiple perspectives combine to create playful visuals that the artist carries throughout all mediums. She received her BFA in studio art from the University of Rhode Island and her MFA in printmaking with a thesis in sculpture from Pratt Institute. Her exhibition venues include kunsthalle Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY; Lot 53 Art Space in Los Angeles, CA; Cabarrus Art Center in concord, NC; Feinstein Gallery in Providence, RI; and Cushing Gallery in Newport, RI.



Monday, June 22, 2015

RELAY Begins TODAY!

Relay kicks off this afternoon with Abigael McGuire starting the work on her jungle of e-waste. She'll be in the gallery from 1-6pm finalizing her prep work tackling most of the physical work Tues-Friday. 


Gallery Expanded Installation Hours
Mon 1-6pm
Tues Collecting Materials in the AM, 1-6pm
Wed 9am-12pm, 1-6pm
Thurs Collecting Materials in the AM, 1-9pm
Fri 9am-12pm, 1-6pm


The finished piece will be fully installed and on view Saturday 6/27 10-4 with a reception from 6-8pm. Come stop by anytime she's at work and see this first transformation of the gallery.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kirby Nunez at The World's Smallest Art Gallery


Kirby Nunez s is exhibiting in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through July 24, 2015.


Kirby became an artist slowly and then all at once.  Art was his passion early in life, but by the time he was in high school it began to take a back seat.  He began college at the University of Rhode Island as a Kinesiology major, but soon realized after taking a few art classes, that his passion for art was still there and he wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.  This made him switch from kinesiology and Business to Fine Art and Textiles, and he never looked back.  It didn’t take long for Kirby to start gaining recognition for his art work, and as a junior he was awarded the David Ketner Memorial scholarship for most outstanding junior artist. 
 Kirby, now a senior at the university, makes art with subject matter that reflects both social and personal issues that are important to him.  His work sometimes deals with the darker side of society tackling subject matter such as a population of our planet that often goes unnoticed, the homeless.  Kirby’s pieces also deal with many personal experiences such as his growth as an artist and a man.  He lays all of his feelings and emotions out there for the viewer to see.  His positive view of his life is easy to see in these works.  Kirby’s style is graffiti-influenced, because that is where he started.  One artist that also had a major influence on him was Jean-Michel Basquiat.


For his exhibition at the World’s Smallest Art Gallery, Kirby’s subject matter explores his upbringing in an urban community.  Nostalgia is the main source of inspiration for him.  While growing up his experiences became imprinted in his head.  Because of this he chose to reprint all those vivid images from his head onto clear and colored sheets of acetate. The composition of these images are placed in “boxes” and cubes. He prefers to refer to them as blocks, acting as a metaphorical reference to the structure and system of where he grew up.  As a series this work speaks to both his childhood and the current situations that still arise in the urban neighborhoods.  All the figures are nameless and faceless because they can be replaced by anybody else in society.


Kirby is currently working on creating a website where viewers can purchase his work and other merchandise.  If you want to know more about Kirby and his work he can be reached by email  nunezkirby@gmail.com.
* The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is:
·      A kiosk on the South County Bike Path (http://southcountybikepath.org). It is located in Peace Dale where the bike path crosses Route 108. The kiosk is a beautifully designed and built structure that has two display cases. Each measures 42” X 41” x 1”. The cases are weatherproof and have sturdy locks.
·      A joint project of Hera Gallery (http://heragallery.org) and  Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. (http://www.peacedale.net).
·      A place to show your artwork. Hera Gallery will be managing the kiosk as a place for artists to display their work. You may have a six-week, one-person show in the kiosk on a first come, first serve basis. Work is not juried, but must be “family friendly.” Artists are asked to choose work that does not depict nudity, sexuality or violence. Neither Hera Gallery nor PDNRI will insure the work. Artists display work at their own risk.
·      A way of having your work seen by a lot of people. The bike path has very heavy traffic, especially during the Spring, Summer and early Fall. Many bikers, runners and walkers pass by every hour. There will not be sales from the Kiosk, but your display can include your contact information. Hera Gallery will publicize The World’s Smallest Gallery on its website, blog, and Constant Contact mailings. A Facebook page will be developed.
·      A way to beautify the community. The stretch of the bike path where the kiosk is located contains other artwork including murals, sculpture, mosaics, and landscape architecture. The World’s Smallest Art Gallery will add to the beautification of this area.
Rhonda LaPorte is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact Rhonda at rhondalaporte@gmail.com to get more details and to schedule a show.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Further On Down The Yellow Brick Road

Michael Yefko
 Have you been Further on Down the Yellow Brick Road yet? If not, there are so many works to discover here at Hera from Jack Massey and Michael Yefko!

Jack Massey
Michael Yefko
Jack Massey

Exhibition is on display until June 20th. Don't miss out on all the works that you can discover just a little further on down the yellow brick road!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRY: GEOMETRY


Concept: Geometry is the branch of mathematics concerned with the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogs. In the arts it has referred to the shape and relative arrangement of the parts of something and includes concepts such as the golden ratio and the use of geometric symbols. It can be found historically in Islamic & Renaissance art, folk art quilts, and was embraced as an aesthetic by the great masters of modern art in the 20th Century. It continues to thrive today as exemplified by artists utilizing algorithms and expressing them through visual means. When art and math are used in conjunction, moments of true interdisciplinary coordination occur.


This national juried exhibition at Hera Gallery seeks to exhibit a varied perspective on contemporary views of geometry including, but NOT limited to, pattern (whether in data or aesthetic), fractals, string theory, along with the formal vocabulary of geometry from mathematicians like Euclid to artists such as Mondrian. 

Juror: Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum


Application Deadline: Friday, July 17th, 2015. 


Exhibition Dates:  Saturday, September 12th - Saturday, October 10th, 2015


Eligibility: Open to works of any medium depicting GEOMETRY as the main subject. 3D limited to 100 lbs and must fit through a 5’10” x 6’8” door. 2D must fit through said door.


Entry Fee: Each artist may submit 3 entries for $30. Judging will be done from digital files. Fees are non-refundable.

Download the application HERE.