- Gina Hunt
My paintings, site-specific installations, and sculptures function as conceptual platforms to research the complexities of vision and the subjectivity of visual experience. Long-term research interests involving technologies of imaging through the medium of light, including the history of early photography, optics, and the physiology of vision inform my work. I work extensively with theater scrim, which has the magical ability to become translucent or opaque, depending on the light source. Scrim becomes a filter and mediator of light, creating an analogy to how visual information is transmitted from the source to the viewer.
A fascination with screens as mediators of light is driving my recent work. I research screens of different scales, from the barely perceptible grid of the digital screen, to the small, tessellated grid of the warp and weft of textiles, to the architectural patterns of window screens, which our bodies inhabit and physically encounter. Each of these screens has the ability to create temporary interference patterns that activate our perception of space, light, and color. I have a strong curiosity about the relationships between these physical spaces of light mediation (architecture and fabric) and the digital screens we consistently use to view visual information.
Gina Hunt creates abstract paintings, sculptures, and site-specific installations as interdisciplinary platforms to research the complexities of vision and the subjectivity of visual experience. A strong fascination with screens as mediators of light has been the focus of her recent work.
Hunt was the 2015-2016 Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, where she was a practicing artist and faculty member within the Painting and Printmaking Department and exhibited a solo exhibition of new paintings and sculpture. In 2016, Gina was awarded residencies at Hinge Arts (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) and the Badlands National Park (South Dakota). At both residencies, Hunt focused on creating temporary, site-specific sculptural installations integrated within landscape and architecture.
In 2017, Gina presented solo exhibitions at 65Grand (Chicago, Illinois) and University Galleries at Illinois State University (Normal, Illinois). She has participated in recent group shows at Drew University (Madison, New Jersey), Baby Blue Gallery (Chicago, Illinois), Practise (Oak Park, Illinois), DEMO Project (Springfield, Illinois), E. Tay Gallery (New York City, New York), Corridor Projects (Dayton, Ohio), Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, Illinois), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, Illinois), Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (St. Louis, Missouri), Front Room Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), and The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, Minnesota), among others.
Hunt received an MFA in Painting from Illinois State University (2015), an MA in Painting from Minnesota State University (2012), and a BFA in Painting, Printmaking, and Art History from Minnesota State University (2009). Her work has been featured in reviews and publications such as The Rib (Boston, Massachusetts), Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar), Salt Hill (Syracuse University), and New American Paintings.
Hunt currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.