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Upcoming Exhibitions

Holly Hanessian, Touch in Real Time

Artist Talk @ CEAM: Thursday, February 18, 5pm

Touch in Real Time Pop up Project: Friday, February 19, 12 to 2pm in Kenan Plaza, West Lawn

Touch in Real Time is a participatory project that explores the intimate act of touch in our digital age. In 2012 Hanessian (Professor of Ceramics at Florida State University) began this project in which she shook a stranger’s hand with a wet lump of clay, imprinting the participant’s hand with her own. The handshakes would last 15-20 seconds, the amount of time it takes for the brain to release the bonding hormone oxytocin. Hanessian has performed Touch in Real Time at sites throughout the country, including the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC; The Society for Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA; The and the Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA, among others, and the residual objects have been exhibited alongside the documentation from each site at venues including The Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA (2013) and the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC (2014).
Handshake in Boston
Touch in Real Time, Handshake in Boston

Kristan Kennedy, Sunday

March 4 – April 16, 2016

Exhibition Walkthrough with Artist: Friday, March 4, 4pm

Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 5 to 9pm

The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and Flagler College are pleased to present new work by Portland, Oregon based artist Kristan Kennedy. Kennedy pushes the boundaries of gesture and abstraction, laboriously working and reworking the surface of her paintings (most often on un-stretched, raw linen). She leaves them in dye baths for extended periods of time, washes and scrubs, affixes stray bits and pieces collected from her studio and from friends, all the while adding gestures with acrylic, sumi ink, and bleach, among others. These actions serve to obscure details while uncovering others. This, paired with the artist’s penchant for utilizing armatures (or whatever architectural elements are handy) on which to drape her paintings, results in a body of work that is simultaneously subdued and uncontrolled, punchy and eloquent.
K.Y.S.T.C.T.Y., 2015, Felt Drape, Bleach, Acrylic Ink, Gesso, Porcelain, Courtesy of the artist and Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon.