An International Contemporary Art Exhibition

Curated by Rian Kerrane

Exhibition Dates: August 11 – September 30, 2012

Reception: Saturday, August 11, 7-10pm, Members 6-7pm

Initiated by Rian Kerrane, a native of Ireland, Hybrid asks fourteen artists to “cross over”. The artists’ work examines the experience of crossing the Atlantic in the current political climate while acknowledging historic influences from each artist’s perspective; identifying experiences of (dis)placement and immersion in cultural and social surroundings from either side of the Atlantic. RedLine provides the first venue for a pair of exhibitions, the second of which will take place in Ireland, allowing each artist to engage both with “local” proximity and “foreign” distance in turn.

The wide range of included media and the diverse origins of the participants are intended to incite a stimulating translation and critical examination of ongoing cultural conversations and personal experiences of the hybridization of our lives, expectations, ancestral backgrounds, geology, perceptions, identities, of immigration, and of both the geographic distance and human commonality of the artists.

Shaped by Kerrane’s personal ties with the included artists, Hybrid emerges from a reflective process of curatorial matchmaking. Working in sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, film and installation, the works of these two groups of artists both mirror and confront one another. Hybrid acknowledges and pays tribute to complex local experiences in a common global culture, reflecting Kerrane’s eighteen years of continually (re)crossing the Atlantic.

The seven artists from Ireland are Elizabeth Kinsella, Mark Joyce, James L. Hayes, Sarah Lewtas, Ian Gordon, Aisling O’ Beirn, and Deirdre O’ Mahony. Seven Artists from the United States are Rian Kerrane, Eric Waldemar, Viviane LeCourtois, Christopher R. Perez, Homare Ikeda, Lee Lee, and Melissa Borman.