Studies In Industry

August 20 – October 16, 2022 2022-08-20 09:00:00 2022-10-16 09:00:00 15 Studies In Industry Banana Factory Hallway true MM/DD/YYYY
Venue: Banana Factory Hallway

Industry has shaped our modern society for many years. In the city of Bethlehem, the steel industry was influential to the growth and economy of the area. This exhibition highlights how artists are influenced by this imagery. The artists in this exhibition use materials and images related to industry while emphasizing the history of the Lehigh Valley.

Artists featured in this exhibition include:

Alyssa Feather
Kurt Dyrhaug
Coral Penelope Lambert
Hillel O’Leary
Lauren G Koch
Emily Baker

This exhibition is curated by artist Katie Hovencamp:

Katie Hovencamp received her BFA from Arizona State University in 2009 and her MFA from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014. Hovencamp has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions within the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her work has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, Chicago Reader, and several online and print publications. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Student Achievement Award for Contemporary Sculpture in 2014 and the University Graduate Fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University in 2012. Hovencamp has participated in residency programs at Vermont Studio Center, Serde Interdisciplinary artist group in Latvia, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. In 2016, she was awarded an artist residency with International Sculpture Center at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ. She has taught at various institutions such as the Edna Vihel Center for the Arts, Totts Gap Art Institute, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Area Community College, Keystone College, and Northampton Community College.

About the Artists:

Emily Baker
My most recent research and sculptures allude to the fall and potential rise of the metal manufacturing industry. This subject matter is not without political undertones. Considering a recent promise made by the former President Trump to, “remove the rust from the Rust Belt”, my passion for metal (and a slight romanticization of industrial practices) led me to understand manufacturing from a historical, economical, and global point of view. All of the sudden, I too want to remove the rust. And while I have no solutions, I seek discussions about automation, technology, and a necessary evolution of an outdated view of labor.

Kurt Dyrhaug
Kurt Dyrhaug’s drawings explore agricultural and nautical elements from experiences living in Southeast Texas. His work evokes the form and function of these mechanical forms, providing new associations of meaning. Reconstructing forms of this nature alludes to a variety of interpretations and potential applications based on the relationships of scale and materials. Dyrhaug’s current drawings utilize gesso, sand, string, and metal coatings on paper to create a variety of textures. Bronze and iron metal coatings and patinas are applied to these surfaces to provide both colorization and atmosphere.

Lauren G. Koch
Lauren (she/her) is a Creator, Wanderer, Alchemist, Healer, Teacher, Feeler. Originally from the Georgia Piedmont region, the unseated land of the Creek and Cherokee, she is now based out of Maryland, land of the Algonguin, Siouan, and Iroquois. Her work explores communing with ghosts, through interpreting the residue left by fleeting personal experiences and remnants of collective memory, to release - to feel - to speak - when she doesn't have the words. She demonstrates this through sitting with the uncomfortable feelings to reveal and interpret the layers through her art and journaling practice. Lauren is for curiosity, intuition, and getting her hands dirty - The art of experimenting and connecting through lived experiences. Her explorations in natural colorants, textiles, found objects, and other materials further fuel her passion for process over product. The tactile nature and repetitiveness of the processes she uses, from textiles, printmaking, to metal casting and fabrication, have become very meditative and cathartic for her.

Coral Penelope Lambert
My work explores forces of nature, including the effects of time and seeks to address darker issues related to Earth’s resources. I have a deep appreciation of where materials come from which is combined with my fascination of how things come into being. I am interested in creating an experience that resonates with the viewer in physical and mindful way. My ideal studio is the foundry which becomes a laboratory where I can explore the union of concept and the transformation of materials through processes paralleling nature. Responding to metal’s rich history and molten transitional state, I engage with it as a living material; it breathes, oxidizes, and flows. The work emerges from the mold raw and elemental as if raised from the earth’s depths where something mysterious and magical has taken place.

Alyssa Feather
Alyssa Feather was raised in Windber, Pennsylvania; a coal mining town, and was heavily influenced by industrial materials and construction machinery that her father used for his business. As a metalsmith, Alyssa attended Miami University for graduate school and began to explore the juxtaposition between industrial materials and organic forms. She leans into the tradition of vessel making by silversmiths and combines this with the formal relationship between plant and human reproductive organs. Her work is constructed out of an expandable metal mesh that focuses on describing forms through light and shadow to create complex sculptural photographs. Alyssa’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a current instructor at Harrisburg Area Community College.

**exhibition image: Kurt Dyrhaug, Device in Progress 87

Venue Information
Banana Factory Hallway
Banana Factory
25 W Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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