ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – Los Angeles artist, Luke Haynes, will be exhibiting his artwork at the Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery through January 23. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, January 16 at 7pm. The exhibit, “Quilt Context: A Change in the Understanding of Domestic Objects,” will showcase his talents in the discipline of fabric art.
Haynes is continually looking to innovate and design new ways to create art. His works can be classified as quilts since they follow the traditional methods of construction, but they are much more. His concepts and images pull from the annals of historical painting and sculpture but are also allowed to pull from craft and the domestic. Since the medium is atypical, this allows for pieces that have multi layers of visual as well as conceptual intrigue.
“My most recent works investigate nostalgia and function,” said Haynes. “I work with quilts because they embody these subconsciously while lending a unique materiality to the process and resultant product. I can work with disparate pieces of fabric and create a cohesive final product that is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Haynes continued, “Within contemporary quilting, people are exploring using the medium for both functional quilts and wall hangings. The resulting dialogue between quilting as a pastime of assembling purchased fabrics and quilting as a skill of constructing usable objects from unusable cloth reflects a current societal tension in the culture of quilters. For each viewer the alchemy is within the craftsmanship and creative eye of the individual quilter.”
Haynes, who studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York, is also currently showing his work in the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, and the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery is located on the second floor of Shannon Hall and is open to the public 1pm-5pm Monday through Wednesday and 5pm-8pm on Thursday. Admission is free.
For more information, please contact the Ohio University Eastern Campus at 740-695-1720.