Exhibition explores connection between visual art and literature
Published 9:00 am Sunday, January 13, 2019
The written word receives new life at the Freeborn County Arts Initiative thanks to a show celebrating interaction between art forms.
Freeborn County Arts Initiative incoming president Marla Klein said pieces in “Theatre of the Mind” can be inspired by quotes, novels, advertisements, song lyrics — any written word.
“We’re excited to see what, the reason why people chose what they did and what inspires them,” Klein said.
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The Arts Initiative board had the idea for a few years now, and Klein said now seemed like the right time to make it happen.
“We just really like the theme a lot,” she said.
Artists have taken the prompt in their own directions in creating approximately 25 pieces spanning mediums from paint to textile to photography to sculpture and more, all on display starting Saturday.
Three of those pieces include acrylic on canvas creations from the mind of artist Haim Park. This is Park’s first time displaying artwork at the Freeborn County Arts Initiative. The trio, “Campanella,” “Ceaseless” and “The Coronation,” are all inspired by a Korean poem whose title roughly translates to “Flower,” Park said. It’s a short poem, but it speaks of an ungendered figure — whom Park interpreted as a female — who, before her name was called, was just a movement, then became a flower.
It’s about movement. The word is onomatopoeic in Korean, and usually associated with small animals, like the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings.
“Campanella” is the first piece Park painted. She typically works with ink.
“I read it and I just (thought), ‘Ah, I feel like this would be a perfect painting I could present my ideas with,” Park said.
The trio of pieces joins other works in Park’s repertoire inspired by literature. Some pieces were for her own frame of reference — buildings sketched out to help Park visualize descriptions in Ayn Rand books — while others were watercolors based on song lyrics.
Klein said the Freeborn County Arts Initiative is excited to showcase more artists from across the Midwest through this show and future shows.
“I’m excited, personally, for this show, because I get to see what inspires other people with their artwork,” Klein said.
The Freeborn County Arts Initiative is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will host a closing artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. March 2.
Who: Freeborn County Arts Initiative
What: “Theatre of the Mind”
When: The show opens Saturday, with a closing artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. March 2.
Where: Freeborn County Arts Initiative gallery, 224 S. Broadway Ave., Albert Lea
How much: Free to the public