Stories We Tell Ourselves-Rio Faculty Art Exhibition in Huntington
August 18, 2014
Dog Fight-Ceramic, by Kevin Lyles and Benjy Davies
Stories We Tell Ourselves
"Stories We Tell Ourselves" is the title of an exhibition of original artwork by Kevin Lyles and Benjy Davies. Professors Kevin Lyles and Benjy Davies will exhibit their sculpture, prints, drawings, and collaborative work at Marshalll University's Birke Gallery in September 2014. The show will run from September 8-October 10, with an opening reception on Monday, September 8th from 5-7pm.
Lyles' work is often inspired by nature, and relies heavily on figurative elements such as animals, buildings and trees. Often, he uses grids and repeated patterns to create a structure in which organic shapes and forms can resonate with man-made elements. A reverence for the earth and nature are evident in the pieces. Recently, he completed a large-scale outdoor stainless steel and stone sculpture for the new headquarters of the Bob Evans Farms Corporation and is currently working on a number of commissions for other clients. He is a professor of art at the University of Rio Grande, where he has taught since 1990. Examples of his work may be found at kevinlyles.com.
Davies' work is largely self-referential and narrative. His Daily Drawings project, which was started on March 1, 2008, contains over 2,500 drawings, 100 of which will be displayed at the Birke. These drawings range in tone from irreverent and sarcastic to gloomy, introspective, silly, disconnected and serene. Pop culture, art history and family dynamics are common elements in the scenes. In addition to a variety of recent exhibitions, Davies was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grant in 2011, and completed a commission for Bob Evans Corporation in 2014. He currently serves as the Chair of the School of Fine Arts at Rio Grande, where he has taught since 2005. In January, he will begin a sabbatical project involving Appalachian landscape painting. His website is luckymanpress.com.