|Centre alumnus explores the paranormal in his art
RELEASED: Jan. 13, 2005
DANVILLE, KYThe Centre College art program will present a mixed media sculpture exhibit titled "Spectral" by artist Adam Kenney. Kenney's works will be displayed Jan. 14-Feb. 10 in the AEGON Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center on Centre's campus. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9-4. A public opening reception for the artist will be held Jan. 14, 4-5 p.m. in the AEGON Gallery.
Adam Kenney graduated from Centre in 1998. At Centre, Kenney worked in the hot glass studio and studied with Centre Stodghill Professor of Art and internationally known glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell.
For the past three years, Kenney has worked under Curtis Brock at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tenn., as he pursues post-baccalaureate studies in fine art. Last fall, Kenney returned to Centre to serve as the graduate assistant in studio art.
Judith Pointer Jia, Centre assistant professor of art, says, "Adam has been a wonderful addition to our studios. The fact that he's worked for and studied under several professionals in the glass field has given him valuable perspective and insight into the art-making process. Our students are responding to this and benefiting from it."
According to Kenney, his objects and installations are meant to "evoke a playful sense of uneasiness." He says he "likens his work to paranormal experiences which both repel and attract us with mystery."
Kenney explains, "In this exhibition, I want to bring paranormal experiences out of the shadow and into the spotlight. I use the illusionary qualities of glass and light to reproduce those subtle effects that initiate a paranormal experience."
Kenney continues, "Whether playful or morbid, my aim is to inspire remarkable personal narratives as a response to the unknown."
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