DELAWARE ART MUSEUM HOSTS COMMUNITY EXHIBITION OF FOUR REGIONAL ARTIST COUPLES
Featuring Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius, Shoko Teruyama and Matt Kelleher, Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie, and Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson
The Delaware Art Museum’s community-generated Outlooks Exhibition Series showcases regional artists of national and international stature. The Museum is pleased to present its next Outlooks exhibition, which will be on view May 14 through August 14, 2016, in the Ammon Galleries. Duality features four artist couples–Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius, Shoko Teruyama and Matt Kelleher, Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson, and Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie. Artistic practice is often thought of as a solitary endeavor with an emphasis on individual expression. Duality explores the creative and collaborative effects of life-work partnerships. The 39 works featured in the exhibition include paintings, ceramics, glass, and textiles, revealing dual, and often complementary, artistic viewpoints and technical skills.
Guest curator Heather Gibson Moqtaderi developed the concept for the exhibition and invited four artist couples to create new works for Duality. Currently the Art Collections Manager and Associate Curator for the University of Pennsylvania Art Collection, Moqtaderi has served as guest curator for exhibitions at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Richard Stockton College.
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Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius
Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius approach painting through an evolving, layered process. The couple is well-known for their illustrations ranging from book covers to record albums and package and product designs for companies including Apple, Jeep, Macy’s, and Warner Brothers. Recent works offer the artists’ fresh take on botanical still life with pattern and realism.
Based in Philadelphia, Triplett and Curtius are graduates of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Curtius currently teaches illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadephia, PA. Ten works from the couple will be on view in the exhibition.
Shoko Teruyama and Matt Kelleher
The ceramic sculptures of Shoko Teruyama and Matt Kelleher portray a cast of characters drawn from Teruyama’s imagination. Teruyama draws these whimsical elements on Kelleher’s earthenware hand-built sculptural forms, using sgraffito, a decorative technique by which the artist scratches into the top layer of the glaze to reveal areas of the surface underneath.
Teruyama received her MFA in Ceramics from Wichita State University and was a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Kelleher teaches Ceramic Art with an emphasis on functional pottery in the School of Art and Design of Alfred University in New York. He received his MFA in ceramics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his MA in printmaking from the University of Northern Iowa. Eleven works from the couple will be on view in the exhibition.
Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson
Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson collaborate on glass vessels and abstract sculptural works in glass. Dix designs glass forms, and Hokanson applies complex multi-layered patterns. They also incorporate Italian and Swedish glass-blowing methods in addition to their own experimental techniques.
Dix and Hokanson received their professional training at the Pilchuk School of Glass. Dix holds a BFA in Sculpture from Indiana University Bloomington. They are based in Easthampton, New York, where they own and operate Hokanson Dix Glass. Twelve works by the couple will be on view in the exhibition.
Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie
Large-scale installations by Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie originate with Heather’s paintings, which the artist digitizes and incorporates within pattern-based designs. Hitoshi then fabricates these designs in an array of textiles, wallpapers, and non-traditional substrates. The resulting installations are infused with references to historical art and design sources.
Heather holds a BS from the State University of New York at New Paltz, an Associate Degree from Fashion Institute of Technology, and a certification in Art Education from Brooklyn College. She serves as adjunct faculty at Moore College of Art & Design and Philadelphia University. Hitoshi Ujiie received his BFA from Kyoto Seika University in Japan and his MFA from the University of Georgia. Six works from the couple will be on view in the exhibition.
About the Outlooks Exhibition Series
The series contributes to the Museum’s mission of providing an inclusive and essential community resource. All Outlooks exhibitions are displayed in the Ammon Galleries on the Museum’s second floor. For more information, please visit delart.org/exhibitions/outlook-exhibition-series/.
Organizers and Sponsors
This exhibition was organized by the Delaware Art Museum. Support is provided in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
About the Delaware Art Museum
Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, a major collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.
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