Carroll Community College opens two diverse art exhibits

Viewers at the Gallery in the Scott Center at Carroll Community College will be greeted by an ode to the African-American men of Baltimore City, while visitors walking through the school's Babylon Great Hall are treated to the emotional journey of an artist, as her life takes her from Seoul to Baltimore to Philadelphia.

The school opened two new gallery exhibits Thursday from artists who studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


"Stay Gold," in the Scott Center, features portraiture by Tyler Farinholt. In the exhibit, Farinholt drew black-and-white charcoal portraits of African-American men, but surrounded the drawings with brilliant gold textured paintings, hung from golden scrolls throughout the exhibition hall.

Farinholt said he was inspired partially by medieval and religious paintings in his attempt to portray his subjects with strength, nobility and power. He said it was his background studying art history that led to this concept.

"I was always interested in the depiction, or actually the exclusion, of African-Americans from a lot of portraiture and artistry," Farinholt said. "I'm hoping this starts those conversations."

Jessi Hardesty, curator of collections and exhibits at the school, said she first saw Farinholt's business card in a coffee shop and was instantly drawn to the power in his portraits. She said she feels Farinholt's work is vital for the Carroll County community to see.

"Most of the time when you think about formal portraits, you're thinking of stuffy old white kings in gaudy frames, but Tyler's portraits are very young, very fit, African-American males," Hardesty said. "With how diverse America is and how diverse it's becoming, I thought it was important to make all of the portraits you see not just be really old white dudes."

While Farinholt's portraits create a bold, direct image to confront viewers, the mixed-media creations by Jinie Park in her exhibit "Observations in Paint" are more fluid, with the abstract pieces inviting viewers to make their own connections.

Park's work consists of painted designs on folded, sewn and found fabrics, creating work where the canvas has as much a role in the final project as the paint itself. Park said she's always had a fascination with cloth, and takes great joy in knitting, sewing and handling fabric with her hands.

The pieces are often playful, with tears and various imperfections allowing the viewer a glimpse into the process of creation.

"I build a wooden structure, or sometimes just buy one, and from there I sew the fabric into a light weave and stretch it," Park said. "I'm creating unexpected holes and some uneven stitches, then I use stain and paint, not to make any kind of shape but to try and communicate a feeling."

Many of the pieces are named after various locations or feelings from Park's past. She said while viewers will never be able to recapture the state that she's attempting to create in the pieces, she hopes they can bring in their own feelings and memories to the work.

Hardesty said Park's work immediately jumped out at her when she visited her studio and found herself surrounded by these creations.

"She talked about how the pieces are unconventional," Hardesty said. "She wants the process to be enjoyable and playful and have a meditative sort of quality."

Between the two shows, Hardesty said viewers have the opportunity to look at how differently artists with different backgrounds can approach a show at the same location.

"It's really important, particularly for my students, to be able to compare and contrast two contemporary artists who are about the same age, from the same school, but working in very different styles," Hardesty said.


"So you have one show that's really figurative and monumental, and another that's completely non-representational and contemplative."


If you go

What: "Stay Gold" and "Observations in Paint"

When: Gallery in the Scott Center is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Babylon Great Hall is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The exhibits run through March 24.

Cost: Free

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