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April 19, 2013

Immigration, secrets inspire EOH exhibits

The Daily Star

---- — Secrets and stories about immigration are the inspiration for two exhibits opening Saturday at the Earlville Opera House Galleries.

Contemporary artist SoukJin Park uses yarns and threads to explore connections between the psyche and healing in three recent series in her exhibition “Unlocking Secrets.” In the series “Secrets,” the artist used the transformation of fiber into incredible hats as a means of sharing the terrible burden of a secret. In her “Pink Ribbon” series, she explored the social attributes of the color pink in wearable art to examine the boundaries between secret and public, between innocence and corruption. In her most recent work, she explores thread as a symbol for transforming weakness into strength, as shown by the weakness of a single thread and the strength and durability of woven fabric.

Park was born in Korea in 1983, and went to the Hong-ik University. After receiving her BFA in 2005, she came to the US to attend The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art with an MFA in Fibers in 2009.

Ithaca artist Jane Dennis comes to the EOH Arts Café Gallery on April 20 with her “Immigration Series exhibit,” a mixed-media installation that visualizes myriad stories as told to the artist by people immigrating to the United States, as well as by Customs and Border Protection officers.

Dennis’ work is a hybrid of sculpture and painting, using materials such as wood, metal, paper, plastic and canvas. She uses as much recycled materials as she can, especially materials that have a “visible history.”

Dennis is a member of the State of the Art Gallery, an artist cooperative in Ithaca. She has exhibited in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Florida.

A reception for the artists will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free. The date also marks the opening of EOH’s annual KidsART exhibit in the West Gallery, with artwork from high school students in several Central New York schools on display. The reception will include special teen musical guests playing live music. Exhibits will run through May 25.