4 x 4
Benjamin Jones / Lydia Walls /
Linda Hall / Joseph Kurhajec
opening reception / Friday, May 17th, 7-9pm
exhibition / May 17th – June 29th
Left to Right: Benjamin Jones, Le Reveil Qui Sonne, 1985-1991, mixed media on paper; Lydia Walls, Burt Reynolds, 2013, gouache and graphite on panel; Linda Hall, Hollow Dogs, 2013, mixed media; & Joseph Kurhajec, Shaman, n.d., unique collograph
Join us for the opening of 4 x 4
Friday, May 17th from 7-9pm
featuring the work of
Benjamin Jones, Lydia Walls, Linda Hall & Joseph Kurhajec
4 x 4 features the work of 4 artists and 4 compelling series. Though each artist is unique, their common visual threads are raw and bold, weaving the work together.
Benjamin Jones, a notoriously reclusive artist, is ready to reveal the inner voices and thoughts behind his iconic drawings by opening the pages of his visual journals. HISTORY, Jones’ title for this series, includes journals from 1985 to the present, allowing viewers to handle and explore 15 of the intricate books for themselves.
Though a few were previously shown at Freight + Volume Gallery in New York, and the Whitney Museum of Art owns two, the artist never intended for so many of his intimate journals to be seen by the public. But now is the time since they mark an end of a chapter. Jones says he is “on the verge of introducing a completely new drawing style.”
Each page is a deliberate composition designed to get every element just right before starting larger finished drawings. The pages become individual treasures in themselves, mixing poetic text and bold imagery.
Benjamin Jones Bio
Lydia Walls’, powerful portraits honor 100 SOUTHERNERS who have shaped the culture in which she was raised.
Walls always loved portraits but “didn’t have the confidence to paint people,” she says. After visiting Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, his crude yet riveting portraits set her free. It’s important to Walls that the series of 6”x 6” paintings are accessible to everyone. Enjoy these delightful portraits, steeped in nostalgia, celebrating Johnny Cash, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mayor Ivan Allen, Helen Keller, B.B. King, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Mitchell, Little Richard, James Brown, two famous southern animals – Willie B the gorilla and Uga the dog – and many more.
Lydia Walls Bio
Linda Hall’s HOLLOW DOGS AND OTHER HOLY REMNANTS blends the feminine craft of quilt-making with the traditionally masculine sport of hunting. Handmade quilts collected from friends are sewn around life size taxidermy forms made of Styrofoam. Her other-worldly creatures are embellished with layers of paint and beads. According to Hall, once the shape is set, the form is removed leaving hollow “containers for the spirit.” Included are a full grown grizzly bear, raccoons, dogs, coyotes and deer, displayed in a tradition similar to 19th century trophy rooms. The artist seeks to re-ignite our universal connection to wilderness and a wild side in all of us that is in danger of being lost.
Linda Hall Bio
Joseph Kurhajec is a world traveler who currently lives in Merida, Mexico, Paris and upstate New York. His collographs – relief printed from plates enhanced with paint, fur, reptile skins, human hair and cloth – are one-of-a-kind images. Deeply influenced by African fetishes and ritual objects from prehistoric cultures, his work seems to come from another place and time. SPIRITUAL MYSTERIES presents Kurhajec’s powerful and intriguing unique prints.
Joseph Kurhajec Bio
For interviews and high quality images, contact Danielle Carlson