Carnegie Center Announces New Exhibit, “Second Time Around: New Works by Shayne Hull and Mike Harrod”

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            The Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, “Second Time Around: New Works by Shayne Hull and Mike Harrod.”  The Carnegie Center hosted an exhibit of Shayne Hull’s work in 1997, and Mike Harrod’s exhibit “Mike’s People” was on display there in 1995.  “Second Time Around: New Works by Shayne Hull and Mike Harrod” will be on display November 16 through December 29

            Shayne Hull is well known as an artist on both sides of the river, having been named as one of Louisville’s Top Visual Artists by Louisville Magazine.  He is currently working on series of portraits of 100 notable Louisvillians on display at Proof on Main and recently designed the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Commemorative bottle and the logo for the First Capital Bank “Live” at the Clifton Center concert series.  Shayne distorts, manipulates and otherwise alters his humorous portraits of his children, political figures and people in the news.  “Basically, for this show, I’ve done something totally new for me, continued working on something I recently discovered, and worked in the vein of some of the stuff I’ve done in the past,” says the artist.  “The totally new thing is reworking old pieces, not just retouching them, but using the old image as a starting point to something new. The thing that I recently discovered and am continuing to explore is digital photo manipulation.  Lastly, I will have small batch of hard-edged enamel paintings of political figures.  Not that I’m that political, but some of those politicians have the most interesting heads.” 

            After an absence of several years from the art world, New Albany artist and former Jeffersonville Chief of Police Mike Harrod has produced a series of “people sculptures” based on familiar artists, accompanied by his version of an iconic painting by each artist.  Part fiber, part assemblage, Mike’s sculptures express his own style and views while giving the viewer a kind of primer in art history.  About the work in this exhibit, Mike says, “My ‘people art’ really stems from an interest in human behavior.  I try for personality, attitude, energy, freshness, detail.  For me, these sculptures are paintings without canvas.  I feel more at ease outside of the canvas, without the restriction of borders, working up and out rather than within… I want my ‘people’ to be accessible and familiar, something that everyday people can connect with.”  Mike was a student of one-time Carnegie Center board member Jonas Howard, professor of art at IUS, who encouraged Mike to produce a body of work for exhibition that became the 1995 exhibit “Mike’s People.”

The Carnegie Center for Art and History, a department of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, is a contemporary art gallery and history museum that offers a full schedule of changing exhibitions and other educational programs.  The Carnegie Center is also home to two permanent exhibits: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage, an interactive multimedia exhibit on the Underground Railroad, and Grandpa Makes A Scene: The Yenawine Dioramas, a hand-carved, animated display of life in turn of the century Georgetown, Indiana.  The Carnegie Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am-5:30 pm, and is located at 201 East Spring Street in historic downtown New Albany, Indiana. The Carnegie Center for Art and History is fully accessible.  Admission is free.  Visit www.carnegiecenter.org for more information on exhibits, events, and classes.

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