Pegasus Gallery

“silence like lasagna”

JOE BUN KEO

January 18 – March, 2019

Opening Reception on Thursday, February 7, 5:30-7 p.m. in Pegasus Gallery

 

Joe Bun Keo employs written language and the juxtaposition of everyday objects to develop unexpected narratives and dialogue. The existing identities that new and secondhand “readymade” objects possess are manipulated through arrangement and recontextualization.   Bun Keo’s installations and sculptures address “… reoccurring issues of art and labor, family life, cultural identity and linguistics.”  Most recent projects include headphones, beer cans, sandals, pillows, bottled water, Mylar balloons, food, commercial signage, ladder, soap, rope, typed and hand-written text.  It’s Bun Keo’s use of evocative art work titles and text within the actual works that guide audience viewing and message reception.

Joe Bun Keo earned his B.F.A. in sculpture from the Hartford Art School and lives in Hartford, CT.  See more of his work and curated projects at http://joebunkeo.com/.

The Pegasus Gallery is located in the Jean Burr Smith Library on the first floor of Chapman Hall.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TOM SMITH, BEWILDERNESS

November 1, 2018 – January 7, 2019

Reception on Thursday, November 8, 5-7 p.m.

 

“Flow,” 2017, rendering.

Tom Smith’s sculptures and paintings are produced in dialogue with the natural world. Smith describes his practice as “observing and chronicling the infinite works of nature—in particular, the minutiae of sticks.” Line is employed here as an evocative structural device that permits simultaneous readings of containment and of infinite outward growth. Sculpture of bent, twist-tied, wrapped and painted branches form open cocoon-like matrices where complex structural form is amplified by light and cast shadow. Paintings resemble thickets and nets of segmented arabesque. Gestural marks resemble the irregular jointed structures of branch and vine forms. Smith’s work imparts an interior perspective of human and environmental interactions that are imbued with intimacy, sensitivity and flux.

Tom Smith has led a 20+ year career as an architect, teacher and freelance illustrator. He attended Virginia Tech School of Architecture, Hampshire College, Pratt Institute, and the Rhode Island School of Design, and he lives in Colchester, CT.

 

The Pegasus Gallery is located in the Jean Burr Smith Library on the first floor of Chapman Hall.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.