Hinge Artist Lecture-Name: Hinge Artist Lecture-Date: October 20, 2016Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CDTEvent Description:Artist lecture starts at 4:30pm at the Springboard for the Arts Office, 201 West Lincoln Ave, followed by a guided walking tour by Gina Hunt of site specific art installation on the Kirkbride grounds. (Transportation to the Kirkbride grounds is not provided).
Gina Hunt’s practice focuses on the complexities and subjectivity of visual experience, manifested through the physical materials and traditions of painting. A strong fascination with the technologies of imaging through the medium of light inform her work. She engages structure, indexicality, pattern, and process in ways that approach both the photographic and the sculptural.
A strong fascination with screens as mediators of light has generated her... work over the past year. Hunt has researched screens of different scales, from the barely perceptible grid of the digital screen, to the small, tessellated grid of the warp and weft of textiles, to the architectural patterns of window screens, which our bodies inhabit and physically encounter.
In 2015-2016, Gina worked in the Middle East as a practicing artist fellow in Doha, Qatar.
While in residence, one aspect of her research focused on the modular, structural, and material components of regional architecture and temporary construction sites. The material, formal, and conceptual aspects found in architecture are translated in her paintings, sculptural work, and installations. Her work generates optical phenomena, such as interference patterns, by use of layered, cut-out patterns paired with a keen curiosity and exploration of color theories. Recent paintings and installations are made of theater scrim, which she often hand-dyes, laser cuts, and stains with acrylic paint.
During her residency at Hinge Arts, this material research further developed into site-specific installations created with translucent theater scrim. These projects respond to and investigate the visual components of places in transition.
“I have chosen these very specific materials because of their use in architectural construction sites, which are places of transition. These materials connote change, the passage of time, and temporality. I have approached these topics in a myriad of ways but have yet to use the massive scale and history of a place like the Kirkbride for inspiration and context.
I have been dependent on the building, its history, and its design in these projects and it has been exciting to incorporate a grand building with such a complicated, extensive, and evolving history into my practice.”
Gina Hunt received a BFA in Painting, Printmaking, and Art History from Minnesota State University, an MA in Painting from Minnesota State University, and an MFA in Painting from Illinois State University. Recent awards include the 2015-2016 Artist in Residence Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar, a 2016 residency at the Badlands National Park, a PLRAC/McKnight Emerging Artist Grant, and a 2015 nomination to the Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant Program. Her work can be seen at www.gina-hunt.com.