September 14, 2019 - October 18, 2019
Exhibition Rural Urbanism celebrates and explores the creative vision of paintings and sculptures from international artists Nicola Katsikis, Ekaterina Ermilkina, Granville Beals, Matt Bilfield and Soren Grau. The featured artists examine the role of rural urbanization and the effects on common prosperity and stability alongside sustainability. Within urban centers multiple cultures develop, interact, and create social change, which is reflected in the works of these artists.
Nicola Katsikis draws upon her extensive background in design and color but also keeps working on new ideas, experimenting with new materials and techniques. Her artworks feel serendipitous, unforeseen, and opportune.
Born in 1975 in Saratov, Russia, Ekaterina Ermilkina's oil painting are inspired by the unique beauty and rich culture of metropolitan areas.
Abstract sculpture artist Granville Beals' sculptures use raw industrial scrap and metals which he manipulates to defy the expectation of the medium. While he fabricates much of his work from new pieces of select metals, he is passionate about repurposing industrial scrap to create his art. The process of re-purposing and manipulating materials that might otherwise be destined for the foundry presents unique challenges that spark his creative impulses.
Matt Bilfield is somewhat of a neat freak and minimalist who thrives on order and pragmatism, he is drawn to detail oriented, creative outlets to express his inner vision. These factors influenced his career selections to focus on graphic design and explore three-dimensional art. His works range from pop art to minimalist abstract art with movements relatable to urban planning.
Danish painter Soren Grau works in a style that is an amalgamation of Street Art, Neo Expressionism, and Suprematism. With both cultural icons and world events often acting as inspiration, he strives to communicate meaning through both figures and colors.
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