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New Gallery 842 art exhibition features works of artist Craig Hill

Jul. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Art lovers have a new exhibit to check out in downtown Huntington for the next few weeks.

Titled "Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth," the exhibition at Gallery 842 features the works of visiting artist Craig Hill. The gallery is located at 842 4th Ave.

Hill is a painter and a professor of art at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The exhibition opened July 5, and will run until Aug. 23. It features a mixture of large paintings and smaller collages.

Hill's work features astronauts, cowboys and superheroes spread off across bizarre dream-like worlds.

"It kind of flutters between pop culture imagery and surrealism," Hill said. "There are moments of abstract impressionism. I would classify my work as a kind of pop surrealism. My work also recognizes issues of gender. You take these recognizably masculine figures and juxtapose them with things that are recognizably feminine. They address gender stereotypes."

Hill has been working as an artist for about 15 years.

"I started off as an abstract painter," he said. "I gradually transitioned into pop culture imagery dealing with a lot of different issues. I deal with gender roles, I deal with spirituality and consumerism and how childhood imagery affects people's development."

Hill earned his bachelor's in drawing from the Atlanta College of Art and his master's in painting and printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Hill has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions across the country at such venues as the Danna Center Gallery at Loyola University in New Orleans, La., the Shremshock Gallery in Westerville, Ohio, and the L2 Gallery in Washington, D.C.

"I can't speak for the artist, but I do hope that people take away a renewed appreciation of the images that surround us everyday," said John Farley, director of galleries at the Marshall University School of Art and Design. "Because he was trained as an abstract painter you can see a lot of that in there. There's an interest in color theory and composition. In this case you have non-objective marks paired with obvious representational images that everyone can connect with. Part of the intent is once you take these recognizable images and put them in a new context you start to think about them in new ways."

All works in the gallery are for sale.

Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery 842 is open from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.