Kristin Richards | Jennifer Hansen Gard
April 2-25, 2015
ROY G BIV Gallery presents the work of Kristin Richards and Jennifer Hansen Gard. Richards’ installation allow domestic objects to transcend their function. Gard will use her ceramic vessels in a continued meal sharing performance.
Richards’ installations transform familiar, domestic objects into something that transcends their functional existence. Her piece dwellings consists of 4 microwaves running with building materials inside, all placed atop a lawn of artificial turf. Her work plays with societal ideals and norms and natural versus artificial. Richards questions our understanding of normality, suburbia, and the “American Dream”.
Kristin Richards received her MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale School of Art in 2013 and completed her BA in Studio Art at Asbury University in 2011. She recently completed a residency at Hafnarborg Museum in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, and was awarded a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Kristin has participated in exhibitions throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, Kentucky, Arkansas, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Hansen Gard
Gard will present her performance series The Relational Table in which she will convert the gallery into a gathering site of shared meals to take place every evening. At the opening, Gard will prepare and share a meal with one guest, using Gard’s hand-made ceramic vessels. Each subsequent night from 5-7 PM, the guest will become the host and will share a meal with a new guest. The project examines art’s role as a vehicle for interaction and the gallery’s role as a central place of gathering.
Jeni studied art education from 2003-2007 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education with an emphasis in ceramics at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. In 2012, Jeni graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Arts in Art Education with an emphasis in ceramics. She is currently a candidate in the Master of Fine Arts Ceramics program at Ohio State University.
“….As we become more and more ingrained and dependent on our technology, we seem to be losing touch with one another, without any notice or care. With Jennifer Hansen Gard’s and Kristin Richards’ artwork, it is important to look past the surface at the power that lies within the contexts. The quiet worlds created by each artist comment on contemporary society’s lack of interaction. While Richards removes people further, Gard draws in people to enjoy the company of another person. The microwaves stand astute, while the tin foil spins and sits calmly almost begging to burn. On the other hand, a table waits for another pair of people to come enjoy companionship in the face of our society, of instant gratification.”