Current Exhibitions at Gallery221

Although I am not you, I am not other than you either

Installation of Kenny Jensen's "The Other Tree"

July 22 – September 19, 2019
Gallery3 | 3rd Floor DLRC

Reception: Thursday, August 29, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Panel discussion with Kenny Jensen to begin at 6:00 p.m.

A Florida native who spent much of his childhood outdoors, artist Kenny Jensen (b. 1977) maintains a deep connection to the state’s unique natural environment. Jensen actively collects, categorizes, and re-contextualizes found organic objects and phenomena, which in turn serve as inspiration or raw material for sculptures, installations, paintings, photographs, and videos. His exhibition Although I am not you, I am not other than you either in Gallery3 contemplates current social issues like tribalism, xenophobia, and climate change apathy/denial by drawing comparisons between human behavior and natural processes found in insect and plant life. Jensen, who received his BFA from Carson Newman University in 2000, currently lives and works in St. Petersburg, FL.

“My newest sculptures and paintings are the result of my studio practice evolving and expanding over the past few years. Shifting away from using found specimen as the primary art making materials, I have begun to push toward more intentional manipulation and reproduction of the natural forms and patterns using more traditional sculptural materials. These new creations remain faithful to the original forms, while simultaneously exploring ecstatic new possibilities through wild exaggerations in scale, composition, and color."

Una pausa en un apuro

Installation of Gabriel Ramos's "Una pausa en un apuro"

Reception: Thursday, August 29, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Panel discussion with Gabriel Ramos to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Gabriel Ramos (b. 1987 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) is an internationally recognized artist currently living and working in Tampa Bay, FL. In Una pausa en un apuro at Gallery221, Ramos’ wire and fabric installations, which are largely inspired by his childhood memories of Puerto Rico, explore concepts of fragility, the ephemeral quality of home, and the potentiality of line and shape. Ramos received his MFA from Cornell University in 2018.

"The line for me is the vehicle for invention. With a simple line my world is transformed. A single line can make you doubt your reality. A line can have an infinite number of configurations. Within my work gravity determines how the line is presented but the use of a material such as wire challenges it. El garabato or in English 'the doodle' portrays an automatic sense of failure. However 'the doodle' also exemplifies the potentiality of the line in humor and action."

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