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Kim Bernard + Randal Thurston: Opening Reception

Kim Bernard + Randal Thurston
Exhibit Dates: July 6 - July 30, 2016
Opening Reception: July 9, 5-8pm

Kim Bernard is a Maine based artist, showing her sculpture, installations and encaustic works nationally and has been invited to participate in many exhibits, some of which include the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum and UNH Museum of Art.

Hydrogen Atomic Orbitals is an arrangement of thousands of 1" diameter black and red ceramic balls, clustered in patterns, hanging from the gallery walls. Typically known for her kinetic sculpture, informed by the basic laws of motion, Bernard finds inspiration for this installation in the beauty of mathematical functions. Having chanced upon patterns made by hydrogen atoms while conducting a Google search on Quantum Mechanics, Bernard offers the viewer a simple and tangible way of visualizing submicroscopic behavior of electrons in matter. Imagine cross sections of hydrogen atoms, protons and electrons orbiting around, magnified a bazillion times, following an orderly natural system as familiar to us as the Fibonacci Sequence or Golden Mean.

"It's fascinating that there are predictable patterns in matter and motion. I'm interested in creating work that demonstrates this phenomena simply, with an aesthetic that allows the viewer easy access, and provides a tangible way of seeing physics."

Massachusetts based artist Randal Thurston makes site specific installations using cut paper silhouettes that evoke complex natural interwoven patterns.

Thurston was born in Fall River Massachusetts, and attended what was Southeastern Massachusetts University and is now UMASS Dartmouth. He received a BFA in Printmaking in 1979 and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University graduate program and received an MFA in Printmaking in 1983.

His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of fine Arts in Boston, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Kohler center for the Arts in Sheboygan Wisconsin, the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln MA, The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and Otis College in Los Angeles. In addition to my work in galleries and museums, I have also created large-scale public art installations for the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts and am currently working with the Mass Department of Transportation in developing Integrated Art for the Green Line Extension Project.

"Drawing is how I think. It is a universal language that distills experience, aids in developing perspective and provides a platform for personal reflection. I've spent the last 30 years creating silhouettes whose believability rests solely on my ability to accurately summarize identity through a solitary outline. A silhouette allows us to both recognize a thing and to project our personal experience onto its ebony surface. While we can recognize and understand flat shapes whose nuances happen to remind us of things we have actually seen, I also find that silhouettes are richly symbolic. They become not just echoes of the visible world but catalysts for engaging our memories of the things they are shadows of.

My work is about beauty and mortality. The imagery I use and the installations I create embrace wonder and temporality as a way of exploring what it means to be alive. The flora and fauna of natural world are rich in beauty and metaphor; my goal is to create work that reacquaints us with the world we live in and remind us of how fragile it is."