Kenyon College


January 24, 2014–March 2, 2014  [+]

On view January 24-March 2
Opening reception: January 24, 5-8 PM; Subrural Performance: 7 PM

Sabbatical Exhibition by Karen Snouffer, Professor of Studio Art in collaboration with Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack

Subrural is an immersive exploration of the increasing homogeneity and continuing dichotomies of urban and rural environments. This work seeks to address the cultural anxiety experienced at the intersections of these familiar yet unpredictable places and ecologies. Repeated forms in painted plastic and screen are metaphors for the commonalities of the urban and the rural. Contorted, undulating vines; rigid power towers; and swaths of enlarged, disembodied insect wings capture the experience of driving between the city and country. The sounds of insects chirping and the drones of urban life bring the work to tension-filled climatic moments as the power of nature meets industrial intervention.

Subrural is supported in part by the New Directions Grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association, a Kenyon College Faculty Development Grant and a Graduate Student Association Travel Award from Towson University.


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Dan and Lesley Rife

This is amazing-so strong and meaningful. Speaks to all of us. You’ve outdone yourself. Wish we could be there to see it. Danny says it’s way cool and speaks of you.

9 years ago