School of the Arts

"Two Visions" opens in Gallery

painting Kino by Kirill Novikov

Painter Kirill Novikov and Sculptor Justin Poole will present an exhibition for the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend titled “Two Visions” in January.  The show opens on Thursday, January 14, with a reception from 4-6 pm and a Gallery Talk by the artists at 6:00 pm in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Gallery.  The exhibition runs through Friday, February 5, 2010. 

Novikov is a former student from IU South Bend, where he took classes in Fine Arts.  He went on to receive his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Central Arkansas after a three year career as an engineer.  He has taught studio art at the University of Central Arkansas and is currently teaching at Miami University in Columbus, Ohio.  While his body of work includes figurative, abstraction and landscape pieces, his most recent paintings are of impressionistic landscapes.  About his work in the exhibition, Novikov says,

The work in this series is based on my impressions of nature.  I begin with building up the surface with texture that is often organic in appearance. I'm building a surface as well as an image.  Paint is applied in such a way as to reveal the surfaces underneath. Layers of paint are added in this process.  The dragging action creates a continuous free flowing energy of the surface.  Much like water enveloping the rocks as it flows over them. The dragging of the paint and revealing textures underneath is akin to erosion.  The paintings are a combination of color, rhythm, symmetry, order and disorder. I try to capture the energy of the paint moving over a textured surface. 

Poole earned his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from Adelphi University in New York and his Masters in Fine Arts in Sculpture from Indiana University, Bloomington.  He is currently working in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the proprietor of Justin Poole Sculpture, which is a sculpture resource for mannequin manufacturing and museum display.  About his artwork, Poole says,

The primary tenant of my creative endeavors is to allow for the interpretation of more than just one story – When I make sculpture I always have a narrative as my objective but I also try to leave enough room to allow for the viewer the possibility to have their own interpretation. I think this is the essence of the poetic experience and I aim to accommodate the viewer’s imagination in everything I make.  

Admission to “Two Visions” is free and open to the public.  The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Gallery is located at 1720 Ruskin Street, South Bend.  Gallery hours are noon to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and 11 am to 3 pm Saturday.