State of the Art

Flora, Fauna and New Perspectives


Surface Noise Presents Chloe Lee

Surface Noise (600 Baxter Ave.), Louisville’s newest record store, is exhibiting the work of Chloe Lee July 13 through Aug. 4. Lee’s work combines bright neon colors with female characters and creatures, featuring elements of pop surrealism and psychedelic imagery. She is heavily influenced by natural flora and fauna, and these are often displayed in her art. The gallery will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. July 13, with limited edition stickers and mugs sold exclusively at the event.

Surface Noise and its gallery are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Contact the shop at 502.654.7375.

“The Shape of Flowers” at B. Deemer

Louisville native Liz Price returns to the area with a show at B. Deemer Gallery (2650 Frankfort Ave.) July 7 through Aug. 7. Price’s newest paintings draw their inspiration from flowers, household objects and patterned fabrics. After completing a BA from the University of Louisville, Price obtained an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she now resides.

B. Deemer Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Eyesight Series at Craft(s) Gallery

Craft(s) Gallery and Mercantile is exhibiting the work of glass artist John King through July 28. This exhibit will feature King’s “Eyesight Series,” inspired by his recent diagnosis with a neurological disorder that is causing his eyesight to slowly deteriorate. The cold glass techniques King used to create this series of pieces he learned from his father, and they include chipping, blasting, acid etching, tinting, painting, casting, laminating and grinding.

King’s parents both worked with glass, the artist says: “My father worked in art glass and was a prominent artist in Louisville in the 1980s and 90s, showing regularly at the Kentucky Arts And Crafts Foundation and Gallerie Hertz, among others; and my mother worked in industrial glass, which may be why I chose to create glass art using industrial glass techniques.”

King was without a home or studio during the past few months, and says this non-ideal situation helped produce a truly unique line of work: “I worked on these pieces all over town including Okolona, Portland, Clifton and on two occasions renting a cheap motel room in Southeastern Kentucky in order to use the small tabletop and bathtub for acid etching. …It wasn’t an ideal setup, but forced me to execute the work differently, and so the finished product is often different than if I had every tool and supply I wanted at my disposal, which in the end gave me a completely unique product that I am excited about. It could have only been created under these unorthodox circumstances, and likely circumstances that could not be recreated, making a truly unique work.”

King was previously artist-in-residence at the Louisville Free Public Library, and is well known in the Louisville area for his annual “Louisville Is For Lovers” musical compilation series.

Craft(s) Gallery (572 S. Fourth Street) is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday.