Come get your dose of local art for the opening reception of “Trophies and Medals: Birds and Beef” by local artist Sarah Jane Horvath. Coinciding with The Akron Art Walk, the solo exhibit will be showcased at 22 High Street Gallery, attached to Uncorked Wine Bar in downtown Akron.
The opening reception is Saturday, March 4, from 5 to 11 p.m., and the exhibit will be on view through March 25.
A few years ago, Horvath was renovating her house when she removed a crumpled newspaper from inside the bathroom wall. It was dated Tuesday, March 5 , 1957. Printed images included Mickey Mantle and a hot-off-the-line Studebaker.
Advertisements ranged from selling adding machines and brand new vacuum cleaners, to funeral home services and housing divided by skin color. Linear drawings would later develop from the use of these images as source material. These sources represented fleeting moments for Horvath, as well as the human experience of attachment and impermanence. This would become “Trophies and Medals: Birds and Beef.”
“Upon looking at one of these linear drawings, contemplating what my former professors would say, wondering if I’d talk about it the same way, worrying if I’d be able to defend myself for making these decisions, I said aloud, I think a spider monkey lives here,” Horvath said.
For Horvath, this was a turning point. Playful characters started populating the abstract habitats she created. Quirkiness became a priority, along with her personal imagination and intuition. “Trophies and Medals : Birds and Beef” demonstrates the transition from art student to working, growing artist.
Horvath is a working artist living in Kent. Her creative influences include Agnes Martin for her approach to expression through quiet compositions, as well as Ingrid Calame for her storytelling method of mapping surfaces.
Horvath’s study of Buddhist philosophy has persisted as an underlying theme throughout her career as an artist and has become a concurrent course of study while she attended Miami University for painting and drawing.
After she earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2006, Horvath moved to Athens, Ga. She participated in a variety of activities ranging from sea chantey singing with a Grammy Award-winning musician to playing in a pétanque league and defeating celebrity chef Jacques Pépin. In 2008 she attended the University of Georgia Study Abroad program in Cortona, Italy, as a fine arts student, teaching assistant, traveller and growing artist.
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