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The 228 - Alyssa Rose Bliven

  • JDAC 700 East 12th Street Hastings, NE, 68901 United States (map)
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Hastings College presents alumna Alyssa Rose Bliven in the JDAC Gallery. 
Artist lecture and reception: October 14th from 4-6 pm

This exhibition will be available for viewing
JDAC Gallery Hours
700 East 12th Street
9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday - Friday
Saturdays 9:00 am -1:00 pm

Artists Statement:
I am an object maker.
I am not interested in conventional ideas of progress and my process is a reflection of this: a stepping to the side, a move backwards, and a jump back to where I was/am. It is never a straight line to my goal. I maneuver from one material to the next, wax to clay, from metal to fabric or leather, and back and forth and so on. I shift between these materials in search of a resolution to the uncertainty I see in the world. This transformation creates a helpful confusion to the materiality of my work. The confusion in materials takes the viewer to a place where they focus more on the ideas within the objects than the materials they are made of.

I am specifically interested in these object’s relationships; their relationships to each other, the space around them (whether made or not), the relationships to the body as an object, and how the objects interact amongst themselves and begin to form their own entities through these connections. Objects fascinate me with their histories, stories, and functionality. I choose to suggest a history, story, or function that sometimes is frustrated by the object itself. Though self-involved, these objects cry out to the viewer asking for anything but pity. They have personality and beg for empathy.

Earlier Event: October 14
Up Close: The Origins of Halloween
Later Event: October 14
Artist Reception @ Art Bar