Rye, Driver to collaborate on a new installation at Zephyr


LOUISVILLE – Frankfort artist Reba Rye is sharing a new collaborative installation with ceramics artist Stephen Driver at Zephyr Gallery, 610 E. Market St.

Rye, an Associate Professor of Art at Kentucky State University, has exhibited extensively throughout Kentucky and both she and Driver are past Al Smith Fellowship recipients.

This dialogue installation reflects the delicate balance between value placed on either form or function and raises historical questions relating to the interface between purpose and pleasure.  Or, more simply, wonders about the entropy that plays out as human hands cyclically interface with other forces of nature.    

Both artists use natural materials from the earth to create, or identify, objects that are illusive in their position in this world.  They seamlessly sway back and forth between function and form.

An artist rooted deeply in traditional pottery techniques and aesthetics, Driver creates paintings that are plates and landscapes, easily moving from wall to table and back, gently deceptive in either reality.

Rye has collected smooth rounded stones on the beach of Lake Michigan that once were buildings and are now becoming vessels and plates.  Accenting this dialogue are minimalist drawings and large scale photographs on fabric by Rye of ocean/sea related images. 

The exhibit continues through Sept. 29 and can be viewed during regular gallery hours, Wednesday-Saturday, 11-6. Zephyr will also be open for the First Friday Gallery Hop, Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m.

Rye also just completed a two-year collaborative public art project with New York artist Rachel Seed in the Portland Community of Louisville.  Administered by the Center for Neighborhoods through their P.A.I.N.T. Program, the project was funded by grants from the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund of the Community Foundation of Louisville, and by the External Agency Fund of Louisville Metro government.

Outdoor sculptural shelters were designed and installed highlighting the three sets of photographs, each of which deal respectively with some aspect of the past, present and future of the Portland community.

Black and white historical photographs from the Portland Museum’s archives, Rachel Seed’s portraits of contemporary residents and portraits made by students in a seventh grade class at Western Middle School under the guidance of art teacher, Amanda Thompson, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School in the Portland neighborhood were used in the project.

The shelters invite visitors to enter, rest and seek a protective covering created by the planting beds designed to host vegetation that will climb up and over the structures on mesh trellis to provide shade.

The three outdoor installations are located at the front lawn of Western Middle School, corner of 22nd Street and Rowan Street;  The Portland Promise Center, 1831 Baird Street, in the small park area across Baird Street; and the front lawn of the Portland Museum, 2308 Portland Ave.

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  • Looking forward to seeing this. Reba Rye is an inspiration to the creativity of anyone she comes into contact with. She is honest and sincere in crtique. Every student at KSU should try to take one of her classes before graduation.