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Sculptor Kyle Hossli Art Exhibit at Forest Park

September 18, 2012

Kyle Hossli art exhibit at Forest Park  
"The Recreations"

Sculptor Kyle Hossli’s exhibit ‘The Recreations” is now on display through Oct. 12 in the Gallery of Contemporary Art at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park. A reception will take place 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.

Hossli’s work has been described as "confident, concise and with a playfulness."

With this latest exhibit, he references a range of media and its influences to create embellished versions of specific senses, he said in his artist statement.

“I strive to make objects that will help viewers recognize how the body physically reacts to the contemplative elements of the pieces,” he said.

Hossli, who currently lives in New Orleans, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010, majoring in sculpture and extended media, and minoring in crafts and material studies, glass. Two years ago, he worked in Pittsburgh as an assistant to Matthew Isaacson, interim art department chair, ceramics instructor and gallery coordinator at STLCC-Forest Park.

"I'm happy with the way things have turned out in the gallery there at STLCC," Hossli said from his home in New Orleans. "The work is the culmination of  a year's worth of assembly that has coincided with my move to Louisiana. My transition to the Crescent City has influenced the decisions made in my studio and I was interested in putting these ideas front and center for the series I have brought to St. Louis," he said.

"I wanted the sculptures in the show to focus on form and one object's relationship to another. By keeping the objects humorous (with the sweat drips, pursed lips, and a wooden buttocks), I hope to persuade more people to engage with the the larger theme of rapture in the work," he explained. "I choose the word rapture because it embodies the levity that exists in the distilled expressions of each sculpture."

He pointed out examples in the exhibit. "The work 'She' is the best example of this, having a face which I carved to stand as the frozen exaggeration of emotion. There is intentional excessiveness, but the objects are clean and contained. 'Lush,' the largest piece in the space, presents two seemingly disconnected items, the goal was to show their likeness from the curves in the maple torso to the shape and stitching of the recreational seat. The parallels are not simply physical however, and this is hopefully considered come the opening."

"I hope for the work to be energetic and fresh so that all viewers can take away something positive from the show," he said. He will not be present at the reception.

The gallery is located to the right of the Library lobby, and hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call the gallery at 314-644-9231 or the Art department at 314-644-9350.