Gallery r presents a Rochester Biennial exhibit
Left: A piece by Jesse Walp
As part of a new collaboration, Gallery r is hosting an exhibition featuring the ceramics, wood and installation work of College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at RIT alumni Bethany Krull and Jesse Walp.
Gallery r, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) and Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) have teamed up to organize the New Rochester Biennial. Memorial Art Gallery previously held the Rochester Biennial, an invitational exhibit that showcased top-notch regional artists, six times.
Working together, the three local, mid-sized art spaces will present engaging creative projects by a diverse range of artists as each location is set to hold an exhibition focused on artist partnerships.
“We are excited to work with RoCo and VSW to start a new conversation with our shared artists and audiences,” said John Aäsp, director of Gallery r. “RIT’s downtown art space serves as our direct connection to the Rochester art community, so we are especially pleased to collaborate with other mid-sized art spaces and engage all of our audiences together.”
The Gallery r show that will showcase Krull’s and Walp’s talents will be on view from Oct. 6-28. A free, open-to-the-public opening reception is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6. It’s a First Friday event.
A gallery talk with Krull, Walp and artists exhibiting at RoCo and VSW will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Visit Gallery r’s website for details.
About the artists
Krull is a 2007 graduate of RIT School for American Crafts’ MFA ceramics program. Her work consistently addresses the complicated and contradictory relationship between humans and animals. She has exhibited nationally and is part of collections at the Burchfield Penny Art Center in Buffalo and the Meadows Museum of Art in Louisiana.
Krull currently resides in Buffalo and teaches ceramics and art foundations classes.
“Returning to Rochester to show at RIT’s downtown art space is a great opportunity for me,” Krull said. “After graduating from the MFA program in ceramics 10 years ago, I’m looking forward to exhibiting in Rochester at an RIT space again. The show will be a survey of works I’ve made over that time, along with select works by my partner Jesse Walp, whom I’ve collaborated with on several exhibitions.”
Walp is a 2008 graduate of RIT School of Art’s MFA sculpture option within the fine arts studio program. Primarily using wood, Walp creates organic sculptures that seem to have a life of their own, often referencing vines, buds, sprouts and fruits. Walp’s pieces have familiar appearance — the craftsmanship shows no signs of the artist’s hand, making the workseemotherworldly.
Gallery r is open from 1-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and admission is always free.