It is good to celebrate, and hold conversation around, art (both pop & fine). And it makes sense to showcase original works by contemporary artists to do this. As such, we’ve started profiling a recent exhibition or series found in our community — or just an artist whose recent work slakes or invigorates the heart.
This Tuesday’s artist is Gina Hurry. You’ll find commentary, personal reflection, and other verbal foliage on her work in the following post. If you have something to show the editorial staff and the rest of The Curator readership, too, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Gina, gleaned from her website and other sources:
“…. [T]here is more to good and beautiful than safe and simple … I have seen colors of deep grief, death and darkness — fear, loss, deep groaning and loneliness. And I have also seen and breathed in colors I cannot describe because of their transcendence filled with kindness, beauty, and hope … I believe that beauty is meant to be a gift.” –Gina Hurry
“Along with other Jewish and Christian artists who hew at the meat and bones beneath the surface of Bible narrative, Hurry is a visual prophet for our time. Her blog writings reveal a deep longing for intimacy with God and sorrow over lack of unity in the church and world. She believes in fighting through the ‘ugly stages’ and enlisting beauty as an ally. The process of beauty overcomes chaos and destruction and is at least partially an antidote to the sickness of the world and a reminder of another place.” —Marisa Martin, WRN
Gina Hurry helps head a wonderful arts collective in the Birmingham area, InSpero — a movement of human hearts toward the re-envisioning, and reclamation, of city space through art, its practices and disciplines (its results, as well), and through the creative/creationary nature inherent in community-forming that gets flushed out because of it all. She believes, in her work with InSpero and as an artist, “beauty is meant to be a gift.” The city of Birmingham, AL, has a bustling arts community, which Gina aids, nurtures, and connects and re-connects to itself.