By: Erin Williams—
Muncie, IN—As part of the PlySpace 2019 spring programming, the public is invited to explore and interact with an exciting, family-friendly installation and exhibition by PlySpace Resident Fellow, Kevin Titzer. Nowhere To Be And All Day To Get There will open on Thursday, April 4th, from 5 – 8 PM at the PlySpace Gallery (608 E. Main Street), as part of the April First Thursday in downtown Muncie, Indiana. Light refreshments will be served, and the artist will speak about his work at 7:00 PM. PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council which provides artists a space to create and connect with the Muncie community through collaborative projects.
Nowhere To Be And All Day To Get There is the fifth installment of an ongoing project started at the end of 2017 in which Titzer traveled to different communities, including Guadalajara, Mexico; Bloomington, Indiana; and Alma, Quebec, Canada, to create sculptures using local resources. Through the process of scavenging materials and meeting people in each region, he worked to capture the feeling and history of each location through an installation using its objects and refuse. About the site-specific nature of this project, Titzer says, “Often different communities value and discard different things. This makes each installment of this project unique and impossible to create in any other place or time.”
The installation at PlySpace reflects the time Titzer has spent in Muncie using found, donated, and scavenged materials from the area. The found-object sculptures and structures in the installation will feature interactive elements, electronic movement, or sound, which can be activated by the viewer. Titzer says his final exhibition is a mix of his own experiences and reactions while at the PlySpace Residency in Muncie. “I’m left with an amalgam of images that filters through the studio. What emerges is an impressionistic view of my time spent in a specific region. In this respect, the art often reflects aspects of that community, but isn’t a one-to-one portrait per se.”
As the PlySpace Resident Fellow, Titzer has been collaborating with Ball State University School of Art Students in two 3D Foundations classes to explore the use of alternative materials in sculptural practice. Through a series of workshops and class visits with the students, he has discussed how found and scavenged objects can be creative catalysts for sculptural ideas. Each student will design and craft a different found-object bird sculpture which will contribute to the final exhibition.
The PlySpace Gallery will be open for additional viewing hours on:
Friday, April 5th from 3-7 PM
Saturday, April 6th from 10-2 PM
Thursday, April 11th from 3-7 PM
Friday, April 12th from 3-7 PM
Saturday, April 13th from 3-7 PM
Kevin Titzer was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana in the United States and has been based in the Saguenay region of Quebec for the last nine years. He has been exhibiting professionally in art galleries for twenty years, and his work has been shown in Canada, Mexico, Japan, UK, and across the United States. You can learn more about his work at www.kevintitzer.com and on the PlySpace website at www.plyspace.org. Questions about the exhibition or program can be directed to Erin Williams, PlySpace Residency Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PlySpace is a program of Muncie Arts and Culture Council in partnership with the City of Muncie, Ball State University School of Art, and Sustainable Muncie Corporation. PlySpace is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.