Derek Franklin, Marylhurst’s director of art programs, curated a group exhibition at The Carnegie in Covington, KY, featuring artists from across the country, open now through July 1, 2018.
In addition to its rotating gallery space, The Carnegie introduced a season-long exhibition in its Duveneck and Reiveschl Galleries. Derek Franklin curates My Arms are Like Joy Joy Joy! based on a series of studio visits with artists from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
The Carnegie’s exhibitions director, Matt Distel, wanted to open up networks for local artists. He was glad to find another “studio junkie” in Derek Franklin. Over four days, Distel and Franklin visited the spaces of about 25 local artists. Franklin chose five of them for this group show, and added four from Portland and New York.
Exhibiting artists include: Amanda Curreri (Cincinnati), Rob Halverson (Portland/ LA), Kristan Kennedy (Portland), Ramondo Love (Cincinnati), Lydia Rosenberg (Cincinnati), Jason Carey Sheppard (New York), Sayak Shome (Cincinnati), Rebecca Steele (Cincinnati) and Emily Weiner (New York).
My Arms are Like Joy Joy Joy! is social-minded rather than genre-focused. Art is a means of activism or meditation. The world is in trouble, but there are ways to deal, the artists suggest.
Inspired by the anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who protested low wages with the slogan “We cannot live on clams alone,” artist Amanda Curreri has tied mussel shells on sticks as noisemakers. Visitors are invited back to The Carnegie for food and talk on Nov. 12, or they can sign up in the gallery for one of Curreri’s CLAMS dinners on Oct. 26.
Throughout the exhibition, artists are seen figuring out how to negotiate everyday life. Kristan Kennedy washes her dyed linen paintings as a way of embracing pure chance. Romando Love writes poems about evil people. And Lydia Rosenberg collects “The Right Tool for the Job” — an array of lock picks — on a ring.
The Carnegie is the largest and only multidisciplinary arts venue in Northern Kentucky, with The Carnegie Galleries, the Eva G. Farris Education Center and the Otto M. Budig Theatre housed together. Its mission is to provide an extraordinary venue for the arts and arts education. Located at 1028 Scott Boulevard in Covington, KY, the gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. More information at TheCarnegie.com.
Derek Franklin is director of art programs and assistant professor at Marylhurst University.