Fine Arts Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Student Life

FORM Gallery Presents “hillbilly modernism”

By Ashley Mantrana ’20

The Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History presents hillbilly modernism or: how i learned to swim an exhibition of recent work by Hayley Blomquist at the FORM Gallery in Calkins Hall, October 23-27. The works on display include five brightly colored banners with clichéd and sentimental imagery.

Blomquist’s inspiration came from her interest in the division between fine art and kitsch. Kitsch includes art, objects, or design that are often viewed as garish or sentimental, but may also be appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

“I wasn’t aiming to make unique work,” said Blomquist. “I wanted to use very hackneyed words and phrases that are often frowned upon in art-making.”

Hayley Blomquist is a senior at Hofstra from McKinney, Texas. She will graduate in May of 2018 with a major and concentration in fine art and painting.

Hayley has completed internships at the Pierogi Gallery and Gagosian Gallery in Manhattan and is currently interning with artist Chloe Wise. She plans to continue working in the art community at a gallery or as an artist’s assistant in tandem with having her own artistic practice.

For more information, call the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at 516-463-5474.

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