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Art Gallery to Feature Work of Sculptor James Kitchen

Posted April 2, 2013

The Western New England University Art Gallery presents “The Universe of James Kitchen: Universal Connections," an exhibition by sculptor James Kitchen from April 14 to May 18. The Gallery, located in St. Germain Campus Center, will host an opening reception Sunday, April 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Kitchen will offer insight into his work during a special gallery talk on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Sleith 100. General Art Gallery hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All events are free and open to the public.

The main piece, titled “Einstein’s Onion,” will be unveiled on campus April 8 at noon. Measuring 9 feet tall and 4 feet in diameter, the sculpture weighs approximately 200 pounds. All of Kitchen’s work in the exhibition serves as a link between the arts and sciences and will symbolically merge the various disciplines of learning on campus through art.

Kitchen has been welding scrap metal into sculpture for the past two decades and continues to gain recognition in the world of fine art, selling to an ever-widening circle of collectors nationwide. All of the metal in his sculptures come from local farms, antique stores, auctions, and occasionally a neighbor who leaves a pile of interesting objects in his driveway. “Rescuing time-worn pieces of metal, once tools or ancient machinery, but now found discarded, is a passion of mine,” says Kitchen. “Animating cold lifeless scraps and instilling a personality or creating an emotional response when viewed by others is a magical process that I am unable to articulate.”

One of Kitchen’s most notable pieces, a 35 foot-tall bird, won at the Paradise City Arts Fair last spring in the “People’s Choice Award for Outstanding Outdoor Art” category and has since been installed in downtown Springfield. His work has been exhibited throughout Massachusetts.

Kitchen’s exhibition is part of the University’s celebration of Earth Day in April.

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