Kate Bell | Rachel Yurkovich
July 2-30, 2016
ROY G BIV presents work by Kate Ball and Rachel Yurkovich. Ball’s stop-motion animations explore the complexities of human-animal interactions. Yurkovich’s videos of living things depict instances of inhibited consumption.
Bell will screen stop-motion animations that explore human-animal interactions. Ball builds her characters and sets from traditional printmaking processes (etchings and collagraphs) and found objects. Then through stop-motion animation, Ball depicts human perplexity toward animals through humor and parody. Her work explores contradictions of human-animal interactions, where curiosity and compassion often result in confusion or corruption. Just like her animation, the reality in Ball’s work is constantly changing and unsettled.
Ball is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. She holds an MFA in New Media from the University of Cincinnati, an MA in Printmaking from Easter Illinois University, and a BFA in Printmaking from Ohio Wesleyan University. She has exhibited throughout Ohio at venues such as Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Meyers Gallery in Cincinnati, and Cobernick Studios in Columbus.
Yurkovich will screen videos that depict uninhibited consumption and the damaging consequences it brings. She uses insects, birds, and plants as stand-ins for human desires, indulgence, and self-destruction. Some of her videos are based on pre-existing phenomena, such as the fact that chickens enjoy the taste of their eggs and that praying mantises eat each other after mating. Yurkovich recreates these situations and documents them in her videos, which serve as allegories for the modern struggle to monitor appetites and avoid overindulgence.
Yurkovich works with living things as the primary medium for her work. She was born in South Carolina then moved with her family to live in Macedonia and later the Czech Republic. Returning to the United States, she received her BFA in Sculpture and Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, OH, the Paul Robeson Gallery in Newark, NJ, and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol, CA.