Wednesday February 20, 2013
Works showcase Louisville neighborhoods, landmarks
Louisville’s neighborhoods, landmarks and surrounding rural areas are vividly portrayed in photos, paintings and dimensional art in a new exhibit on display at Louisville’s historic Metro Hall, Feb. 25 - June 8.
The exhibit, titled “Shared Boundaries”, is part of the ongoing Rotunda Art Project. It features three artists, each taking a distinctively different approach to examining places in and around Louisville:
· Rachel Seed’s photographs freeze scenes and locations in the Portland neighborhood.
· Martin Rollins uses colored oil pastels to capture moments in time of neighborhoods including the Highlands, Clifton, Crescent Hill, Germantown and St Matthews.
· Bette Levy’s old farm tools and hand-knitted embellishments express the history of her family and others in rural areas of Jefferson County and beyond.
“This eclectic display capturing scenes from our historic neighborhoods and reaching out to our rural roots should appeal to a broad range of people and it’s a great fit for this art series,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Whether it’s viewing art, attending our monthly music shows, grabbing lunch on Food Truck Tuesday or discussing new ideas for our city’s future, we want people to enjoy Metro Hall and use this historic public facility to its fullest.”
The exhibit is curated by Daniel Pfalzgraf, a multi-media artist and curator who has been exhibiting art professionally for over 14 years. He is currently director of The Green Building Gallery and also director of Media Services at B. Deemer Gallery in Louisville.
The Rotunda Art Project series is produced in partnership with the Louisville Commission on Public Art, with assistance from the Louisville Visual Art Association.
Visitors may see the exhibit anytime the building is open to the public, which is generally weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There is no charge to enter Metro Hall, but people are required to go through security and show a photo ID.
Daniel Pfalzgraf is a multi-media artist and curator who has been exhibiting art professionally for over 14 years. He is currently the Director of The Green Building Gallery and the Director of Media Services at B. Deemer Gallery in Louisville. He was previously an assistant preparator at the Speed Art Museum and the Media Coordinator at Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, GA. He has also worked as an independent curator creating exhibitions under the name of LoCAL.gallery.
Pfalzgraf’s art is represented locally at Swanson Contemporary. His current series of work, “Blindly Following History” are blind contour drawings of portraits that are then painted in with oil paint and old, used motor oil.
Pfalzgraf received a BFA from Murray State University (1999) in sculpture and drawing. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Louisville and Atlanta.
With the art and artists I selected to exhibit in Metro Hall, I wanted to examine places in and around Louisville filtered through time. From specific landmarks in the various neighborhoods of the city, to the rural surrounding areas, Bette Levy, Martin Rollins, and Rachel Seed all give us a second look at our day-to-day surroundings.
Rachel Seed’s photos freeze the Portland neighborhood into a singular moment in time. Her attention to composition, to the color and textures of the area breathes new life into the old buildings and scenes that are often go unnoticed to as we travel from “point a” to “point b”.
Through simple manipulation of colored oil pastels, Martin Rollins captures a real sense of precise moments of time in the neighborhoods of his drawings. You know when you see each work the exact the time of day, the temperature, and the feel and smells of the Highlands, Clifton, Crescent Hill, Germantown, and St. Matthews. His drawings don’t just reproduce the appearance of our city – they provoke emotional understanding of the community.
Bette Levy’s use of old farm tools and hand-knitted embellishments reminds us of the importance of heritage, relationships and craft often associated with the rural life found further out in Jefferson County and beyond. Levy’s artwork elegantly expresses both her family’s personal history and the history of families all around the Metro area.
– Daniel Pfalzgraf, 2013