"Heart and a Half"
15" Width x 15" Height x 3" Depth.
John Austin Kinnee - Toledo Area Artist
Every Object has another life hidden by its original purpose. I see this concealed entity within and create a new life unrelated to its first aspiration. A nail, a screw, a wrench become a piece of art, a pun, a unique interpretation of humor or love. The leather jacket from a thrift store, cut into pieces, becomes the canvas for a new project. The discarded wood from an old barn becomes the frame to encase a new creation.
Hearts are one of my favorite designs. Nails and screws and shell casings fashioned into heart shapes show us how easily we can hurt what we love the most. Hammering sharp objects into a beautiful landscape or a treasured, iconic symbol demonstrates how quickly perfection can be marred by our careless or deliberate actions.
Many people look at my work and say, I can do that" but will you? Do you see what I see? A sculpture you can hang on the wall from smothering that wasn't there before.
1980 - 1985 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Specialization in Ceramics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1993 Jewelry Repair, Diamond Setting, Wax Modeling & Casting, Stewarts International School for Jewelers, Jupiter, FL
1994 Roulet Medal, 76th Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition. Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo, OH
1985 The Robert & Marion Gatrell Undergraduate Student Award, The Ohio State University Undergraduate Art Show. Columbus, OH
1998 80th Annual Toledo Area Artists Show, The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
1995 Solo Show, The Tillman Gallery, Toledo, OH
1994 76th Annual Toledo Area Artists Show, The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
1994 Group Outdoor Exhibition, Christian & Braun Studio, Auburn Township, OH
1993 First Night Toledo, Toledo, OH
1992 Photo Collage Group Exhibition, Gallery Ten, Rockford, IL
1990 Sign of the Times, Kensington Market, London, England
1985 Saint Mary's Macedonian Eastern Orthodox Church, Columbus, OH - 8' x 4' Ceramic Mosaic of the Madonna and Child, in collaboration with Don Heinfeldt.
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