Gallery exhibit shows everyday objects in new lightWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
In their exhibition, “Beneath the Surface,” Bowling Green artists Joseph Pintz and Kristen Martincic aim to show everyday objects in a new light. Pintz fashions architectural elements like silos and grain elevators out of clay while Martincic creates paper prints of bathing suits.
Their work will be on display at the Hudson Gallery, 5645 N. Main Street, in Sylvania, through July 16. An opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. June 10. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
“These two artists have taken these mundane objects and turned them into these amazing art forms,” said gallery owner Scott Hudson. “Joe’s stuff is so heavy and Kristen prints on this thin Japanese paper — it looks like hers would blow away on the wind and Joe’s would just sit there — but the two of them together are looking at these objects from the past, things that impacted them growing up and putting them out there in their voices, so there’s a similar vein running through that.”
The married couple, both art instructors at Bowling Green State University, will soon be leaving for the University of Missouri. Pintz has accepted a tenure track position starting this fall and Martincic will also teach at the school.
“With the two of them leaving the area, we thought we needed to do a last hurrah show for them,” Hudson said. “They are both such great leaders of young artists. They are on to bigger and better things, but I think it’s important the community knows we’re losing a great asset in the art world in both of these artists.”
Hudson said Pintz carves from a single block of clay the way a sculptor might with marble.
“No one does that,” Hudson said. “His work is functional, nostalgic, earthy. He really gives such great spirit to these old, sort of utilitarian products we don’t see anymore today. He takes all this time to carve out a bread bowl or a chicken feeder. It’s just amazing stuff.”
Martincic’s work is also impressive, Hudson said: “Her attention to detail is like none I’ve ever seen. Her work is always so meticulous, light and airy, and full of so much meaning.”
In an artist’s statement, Pintz said he is interested in how change in scale and repetition of form has the ability to transform an object’s meaning.
“My minimal forms strive for a quiet simplicity,” Pintz said. “These straightforward objects celebrate the poetics of the everyday.”
Martincic said her prints, focusing on swimwear from the 1920s to 1940s, explore the mix of protection and exposure a bathing suit provides.
“A lot of the translucent paper I’ll leave exposed and parts I’ll print on,” Martincic said. “I think there’s a vulnerability to it.”
In her artist’s statement, Martincic said she is interested in exploring the connection between the body and water.
“Being submerged makes us consider our bodies in new ways and affects how we navigate through space,” Martincic said. “From swimwear, I became interested in environments associated with water such as pools and shower stalls. I have been investigating this by wrapping printed imagery around constructed panels, moving image to object. They simplify and compress three-dimensional space and invite the viewer to reconsider what lies beneath the surface of the familiar.”
Both artists said they will miss Bowling Green.
“Some of our friends had to go wherever jobs led them and moved a lot, but it’s been really nice for me to be in one place and get really solid experience there and that’s what I think paved the way for me to get the job in Missouri,” Pintz said. “I learned a lot from being here.”
Martincic, who graduated from BGSU, said the school holds a special place in her heart.
“[Janet Ballweg] was my professor and mentor as an undergraduate and to be able to come back and work with her as an instructor side by side and get to know her more as a teacher as I was teaching as well has been an amazing thing,” Martincic said. “I know I’m going to miss that a lot.”
For more information, visit the website www.hudsongallery.net.