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Dynamic Intimacy at Kean University

Kean University’s Howe Gallery to Present Dynamic Intimacy

Union, N.J. - Kean University’s Howe Gallery will present Dynamic Intimacy, a group exhibition featuring the work of eight contemporary artists working in a variety of disciplines and media, November 1 – December 19, 2018. Dynamic Intimacy explores the central theme of self-identity in relation to intimate space whether physical or space within one’s mind. Dynamic Intimacy  features works by Keiran Brennan Hinton, Polina Barskaya Kaluzhsky, Aubrey Levinthal, Melissa Murray, Matt Nolen , Ekaterina Popova, Aubrey Saget, Ekaterina Vanovskaya.

“The works within the show tell stories of intimate spaces, whether physical or mental, that continually transform in synchronicity with daily life” said exhibit curator Anna Shukeylo. 

Matt Nolen creates intricately sculpted porcelain portraits that are “often informed by the inner landscape of self”.  Keiran Brennan Hinton depicts familiar spaces in a fantastical palette often playing with the viewer’s eye while Polina Barskaya Kaluzhsky paints spaces most intimate to her, making rooms she depicts just as much of a self-portrait as the figure appearing within them.  Aubrey Levinthal embraces a similar notion, expressing impressions of both the mood and the space alike in one image. 

Melissa Murray takes on a more philosophical approach depicting both symbols and excerpts of her current subject matter tied closely with being a mother. Ekaterina Popova looks at domestic spaces with an eye for a brighter palette, highlighting the beauty of messy everyday life. Aubrey Saget takes excerpts of familiar spaces and focuses on small vignettes such as a cord running along the lines of a couch. Ekaterina Vanovskaya draws upon memory of rooms with or without blurred figures, drawing upon themes of “melancholia and a search for a sense of place”.

Curator Anna Shukeylo is a visual artist and educator. She earned her MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited throughout New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Indiana and internationally in Paris, France. Shukeylo’s work has been written about in Fresh Paint Magazine,, Art with YAB Blog  and other publications. She is currently a full-time fine arts Lecturer at Kean University. 

Kean will host a reception with the artists on Thursday, November 15th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


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