Art Gallery Exhibits

Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Rules and Play 2017
July 11th – August 18th, 2017
Gallery Hop Reception: Friday, July 21, 5 – 9 PM
Discovery Night: Thursday, August 3, 6 – 8 PM

Now in its third year, Rules and Play is a unique exhibition of interactive installation art created by programmers, artists, and game developers. Originally conceived by the game development collaborative group, RunJumpDev, a non-profit organization focused on the development of independent computer games in Kentucky, Rules and Play 2017 will showcase submitted works of interactivity selected by RunJumpDev members from a global call. This collaboration between RunJumpDev, LexArts, and the Living Arts and Science Center will feature unusual hybrid works that are part installation art and part computer game. The Living Arts and Science Center will host the exhibition in its new Lucille Caudill Little Discovery Center’s Glo Gallery and the renovated historic Kinkead Gallery.

The exhibition will run July 11th through August 18th, featuring a Gallery Hop showcase on Friday, July 21st from 5 to 9PM, a virtual reality presentation during the August 3rd Discovery Night from 6 to 8PM, as well as several workshops scheduled during the exhibition offered through the Living Arts and Science Center. More information about the collaborative group RunJumpDev and particulars regarding the exhibition can be found at Participating programmers, artists, and game developers include: Call & Response: Chris Wininger, Andrew Allred, Ainsley Wagoner (Lexington, KY), Every Picture Tells a Story: Chris Wininger (Lexington, KY), Super Button Pusher Turbo Alpha Z: Amanda Hudgins (Lexington, KY), Mirror Mirror: Matt Hudgins (Lexington, KY), quartet-o-phone: Nick Warner (Lexington, KY), Jhand Jhive: Nick Warner (Lexington, KY), PARA-BULL-A: George V. Landon (Richmond, KY), Dreams: HVRE (Lexington, KY), Two Confessions: Jake Elliot (Elizabethtown, KY), Nour: Terrifying Jellyfish (St. Louis, MO), Super Furry Neon Cat Heads: Shylo Shepherd, Shea Rembold, Brian Web, and Leonard Wedderburn (Lexington, KY).

Colors of Rhythm: Contemporary Hip Hop Art
August 26 – November 1, 2017
Gallery Hop Reception: Friday, September 15, 5 – 8 PM
Discovery Night: Thursday, September 7, 6 – 8 PM

With its roots in Jamaican music, the world and cultural phenomenon Hip Hop first developed in the South Bronx of New York City in the early 1970’s. From its humble beginnings during a “block party” on August 11th, 1973 in the 100-unit apartment building on 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, Hip Hop has always been an interdisciplinary art form combining music, art, performance, and dance. The visual arts expressed through graffiti spray painted on the buildings and subway railcars of New York City by such artists as Lee Quiñones and Phase 2, music produced by DJ’s like DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash extending the beat through mixing and scratching R&B records with MC’s (rappers) like Melle Mel providing lyrics over the top, and performance presented by b-boys and b-girls breakdancing to the new sounds.

Hip Hop began as a cultural reflection of contemporary urban life primarily seen through the eyes of African-American youth living in large metropolitan areas. Today, Hip Hop’s appeal crosses race, gender, and social economic status as a voice for positive social change. Hip Hop is universally recognized as one of the most popular art forms in the world. The Living Arts and Science Center will showcase in the exhibition Colors of Rhythm: Contemporary Hip Hop Art (August 26 – November 1) works created by a local group of artists participating in the “new movement” of producing art to the sounds of Hip Hop as performed live by spinning DJ’s and MC’s rapping. This phenomenon first developed in Lexington during open mic night at the Foundation in the basement of the Album on Limestone. DJ’s, MC’s, and artists gather together once a month like Bebop musicians of the 1950’s to freeform and improvise for self expression. Artists Bryce “MrMad100s” Oquaye, Justin “Justin3000” Stewart, Josh “JFrancisPen” Penrose, Geoff Murphy, and Tressina “Tressa” Bowling often participate in these happenings and will be featured in this exhibition that combines performance, music, and art. Live performances of artists creating works to the Hip Hop sounds of a spinning DJ will be presented during the LASC’s September Discovery Night on Thursday, September 7th from 6 – 8 and the Gallery Hop reception held on Friday, September 15th, 5 – 8.