In the second episode of the new IFC comedy show Portlandia, Fred Armisen exclaims, “We put birds on things!” in a hilarious sketch about the ubiquity of bird-decorated arts and crafts in hipster culture. Like Armisen, Northern Kentucky University’s Director of Exhibitions David Knight has picked up on this trend. The NKU Gallery’s new exhibition For the Birds is on display through March 4.
The invitational group show features Tony Becker, Dan Dezarn, Diana Duncan-Holmes, Ana England, Steven Finke, Gary Gaffney, Stephen Geddes, Mayme Kemplin, Terri Kern, Wayne Levin, Casey R. Milliard, Ken Page, Cheryl Pannabecker, Alice Pixley-Young, Randel Plowman, Laura Rosenfeld, Sheida Soleimani, Ruth Wartman and Laura Young, all of whom work with the imagery of birds. Soleimani’s photographs of dead and crucified birds deal with mortality and symbols of the soul. Pixley-Young’s installations employ silhouettes repeated into patterns. Others work in sculpture, ceramics, painting, collage and more. The galleries are located in the Fine Arts Center at Northern Kentucky University.
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