Shawn Ballarin is a multimedia artist living in Lincoln. After receiving his BFA from the University of Nebraska, he attended graduate school at Illinois State University. Ballarin can be defined as a multimedia artist because his works stems from painting, printmaking, video and bookmaking. This specific exhibit, Horizons and Patterns, features paintings with the theme of traveling, isolation and change through simple, sometimes primal subject matter. By mixing abstraction and representation, Ballarin hopes those viewing the work will find the paintings, specifically from the brushstrokes, as a comforting quality to contrast the reflection idea of our human reaction to find peace or beauty when faced with struggle or pain. Ballarin used a combination of painting and printmaking to allow the viewer to search through the layers and patterns of each piece and discover there may be more than meets the eye. Ballarin stated, “When I paint, I never start by making sketches. Rather, I paint in a loose manner allowing layering, accidents and surprises to occur as each painting develops.” Along with the opening reception there will be a gallery talk Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Through February 27
Shawn Ballarin: Horizons and Patterns
Gallery 72, 1806 Vinton Street
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 5, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sat. 10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m.