Aug. 30, 2013
Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284
Kerrigan opens exhibition season in the Farmer Family Gallery
The Ohio State University at Lima welcomes artist Emmett Kerrigan, who opens his exhibition, The Region, from Sept. 5-Oct. 4, 2013, in the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall. The opening reception for his exhibition is from 6-8 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 5, 2013.
The exhibition, The Region, will feature around a dozen paintings and wood constructions. An ardent Chicagoan, much of Kerrigan’s work is driven by a fascination with Americana and the proliferation of lost opportunity and ethos. He found it impossible to grow up driving by the steel mills covering Northwest Indiana and not put them in his work. In the artist's hands, factories become fabled monoliths of production. Upon closer inspection, we notice portals that hint at the lives of generations bound in wayward urban planning. Without ever using figures, his work instead invites viewers to insert themselves into his invented spaces.
Like Kerrigan’s layered abstract farmscapes, these works are seductive with their clean, frosting thick application of color. The paintings are in full conversation with his sculptures, which employ the forming techniques common in fabrication and manufacturing. His work is often displayed in large, organized groupings, which lends it a powerful aesthetic optimism. It is at this intersection of observation and memory that his work gives us an experience that is both singular and inclusive.
Emmett Kerrigan received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1993. He also attended summer programs at Chautauqua School of Art and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown extensively throughout the Midwest, including a solo exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum in 2010. His work can be found in numerous prestigious corporate collections, including Wellington Management, Kirkland & Ellis, and The Sandor Family Collection, amongst others. He is currently working on a 50-foot installation for Eaton Corporation’s new world headquarters in Cleveland. With a foot in Chicago’s street art community, Kerrigan has sustained an unbroken studio practice while balancing a hectic life as a father and an agricultural trader.
The artwork will be on display from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays through Fri., Oct. 4, 2013, in the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall. Both the opening reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.