Art faculty exhibition, Hybrid II, at URI Fine Arts Center

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KINGSTON, R.I. – February 4, 2009—The University of Rhode Island’s Art and Art History Department will host its second exhibition, HYBRID II, Feb. 3 through Feb. 24. The exhibition, free and open to the public, is located in the Main Gallery of the URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

The exhibition showcases the works of seven artists: Barbara Pagh, Lilla Samson, Ben Anderson, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Kim Salerno, Jeff Bertwell, and Kimberly-Blue Wade. Approximately 15 large works and two large installations will be on display.

The title HYBRID centers on a type of creative eclecticism existing among URI’s art faculty members. All use non-traditional methods and techniques to explore ways to tackle formal issues such as line, color, and shape through the use of tape, wood, cut canvas, handmade paper objects, installation, digital imaging, drawings, digital prints, animation, and film media among other materials and disciplines.

A large percentage of the works in the exhibition rely on installation instincts to define elements of narration and visual expression. In many cases the viewer is encouraged to re-examine various realities of emerging visual experiences as boundaries and priorities of two- and three-dimensional space take on compromising roles.


Barnacles and Birdtails mixed media on paper by Lilla Samson.

Woodpecker and Tulip, sculptures by Ben Anderson.