Solo shows at The BOX Gallery: Emily Duke and Katelyn Evans; opening reception, Friday, Jan. 19, 5-8 pm

My Private Identity 2017 by Emily Duke

IN THE DARK AND THE DAY
by Emily Duke
The BOX Gallery

BE GOOD
by Katelyn Evans
The Small Box

January 19 -February 17, 2018
Summit Artspace on East Market St.
140 E. Market St., Akron

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, January 19, 5-8 pm
Free and open to the public.

The BOX Gallery in downtown Akron is hosting two solo shows from Friday, January 19 – Saturday, February 17, 2018: In The Dark and The Day by Emily Duke and Be Good by Katelyn Evans. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, January 19, from 5-8 pm at the BOX Gallery.

Emily Duke earned her MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2016 and BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI in 2009. Her work has been shown nationally in Texas, Georgia, Florida, and other states across the country. Duke has been featured in Hyperallergic, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, THE Magazine, and the Akron Beacon Journal. She is a current faculty member at Kent State University.

The work exhibited in Duke’s solo is a reflection on themes of Modern design closely looking to seminal historic objects and events: the Charles and Ray Eames walnut stool series of 1960, Eliel Saarinen’s “Room for a Lady” exhibited at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1934, and the archetype of the ever-evolving dressing table throughout the 1900’s. Her interest lies in the complicated relationship between modernism and the space of the home. The mixture of these reference points has led Duke to the inclusion of handmade gridded ceramic tiles, light fixtures, fabrics and mirrors to emulate a utopic domestic space.

Katelyn Evans is a multi-disciplinary artist rooted in formal exaggeration—vibrant colors, simplified and abstracted shapes, and patterns— while exploring the everyday and personal interests. Primarily working in screen-printing and collage, the artist seeks inventive ways to push the material beyond fine art practices to create playful and inviting pieces. Evans’ work has been exhibited locally as she completes her final semester at Kent State University for a BFA in Print Media.

Be Good emerged from a creative block of sarcastically drawn explorations of symbols and phrases. Evans became lured by these phrases because of their universal, catchall intentions that can apply to many things but relate to people differently. In her creative process, Evans began to pair the phrases with her visual language, and this combination became her entryway into exploring drawing in printmaking. Her featured works including uniquely made monoprints, a temporary wall drawing, and a special silkscreen zine in a limited-edition of 40 showcases her creative process and connects the theme of her work.

The BOX Gallery will also be open on Saturday, February 3, for the Artwalk from 5 – 9 pm in addition to its regular hours. Admission is FREE and open to the public.