April 25th, 2014 – Brandon Bass “The Delicate Fabrics Too”

Brandon Bass is a mixed media artist and graphic designer currently living in Louisville, KY.
Like a crate of old vinyl contains samples for a music producer to rearrange into a chopped-and-screwed creation, a stack of magazines and paper ephemera from yesteryear serve as the palette for BBASS’ mixed media work. Combining this collage style with elements of typography gives each composition a message that attempts to unite the visual subject matter and communicate an idea that goes beyond the original intent of the 1950’s advertisements, newsprint, and illustrations employed in the designs. An avid wordsmith and graphic designer, the artist’s goal is to create images that elicit a visceral response immediately but also convey a sense of ambivalence and ambiguity through the use of unusual phraseology and wordplay. Unlike communication design, which requires that a specific message be delivered to a specific audience, BBASS’ work is intended to generate curiosity and lead viewers down several avenues of interpretation.

April 11th, 2014 – Maria Zaikina “LANDSCHAFT MIT HAUS”

This week Keith Waits spoke with artist and curator Stacey Reason. Listen below for our music pairings and a discussion of how art in galleries is changing and evolving.

Stacey Reason is an artist and curator working in Louisville. Currently she is a candidate for a Master of Arts, Curatorial Studies, and Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management at the University of Louisville. She holds a BFA from Murray State University, where she was Magna Cum Laude. Her two-part thesis exhibition A Reckoning of Internal Affairs began at the Huff Gallery at Spalding University in March and will continue at and April 18 – May 30, 2014, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN.

April 4th, 2014 – Sarah Havens – “If I had a boat”

Listen in for an hour of hat-centric songs as we spoke with milliner Sarah Havens about her process and upcoming events! With Derby right around the corner, you won’t want to miss this one.

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Each of Haven’s hats is a unique creation often designed with a specific person in mind.  Her handmade lids are characterized by embellishments that are sewn, not glued, so they can be changed for something new for every event. This versatility allows the hats to be worn for many different occasions and in various seasons.

“After each hat is formed in straw or felt, I then remove it from the block and cut away the parts that aren’t part of the design,” Havens explains. “I size the piece to an appropriate stiffness; add millinery wire to the brim to hold its shape; and then add the ‘sweatband’ inside the hat. From there, I add trim and lining, if needed. I then style the hat with the help of a little steam, and pinch it in certain places to ensure the hat compliments and frames the client’s face in the most attractive way.”

Havens’ hats are available at The Gift Horse in Louisville, KY and she will be a part of the KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway on April 11, 2014. She is also the featured artist at the Louisville Visual Art Association’s April Food for Thought: LUNCH & LEARN series. Havens will discuss her practice, including a live demonstration, and offer hats and fascinators from her most recent collection for sale at the Louisville Boat Club on April 8, Noon to 1:30PM. Tickets are only $15 for LVAA members and $25 for nonmembers. The price includes lunch, dessert and beverages. Sure to be a sell-out, make your pre-paid reservations, today!

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