- Gina Hunt
Finding expansive possibilities within a limited means fascinates me, as does the potential for a material object to incite a perceptual event that belies its inherent physical ‘facts’.
I make abstract paintings as an interdisciplinary platform to research the complexities of vision and the subjectivity of visual experience, manifested through the physical materials and traditions of painting. A long-term research interest involving the technologies of imaging through the medium of light, including the history of early photography, optics, and the physiology of vision inform the work. Structure, indexicality, pattern, and process are conceptual platforms which have developed into paintings that approach both the photographic and the sculptural. I am allowing illusion and optical phenomena to exist while exposing their parts in a very direct way.
A strong fascination with screens as mediators of light has driven my most recent body of work. I am researching 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. These patterns emerge from illumination and the filtering of light through each medium. The temporality of these patterns, paired with the emergence of color through light, are the most fascinating characteristics I have invested my research in. This is propelled by a strong curiosity about the relationship between these physical spaces of light mediation (architecture and fabric) and the digital screens we consistently use to view visual information.
Gina Hunt received her MFA in Painting from Illinois State University in 2015, an MA in Studio Practice from Minnesota State University in 2012, and a BFA in Painting, Printmaking, and Art History from Minnesota State University in 2009.
Her work has been featured in reviews and publications such as Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar), Salt Hill (Syracuse University, New York), New American Paintings, and Studio Break, a contemporary art podcast (Chicago, Illinois). Gina was the 2015-2016 Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, where she was a practicing artist and instructor and exhibited a solo exhibition of new paintings and sculpture. She has participated in recent group shows within the United States and internationally, including 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), The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and University Galleries (Normal, Illinois), and University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. In 2016, Gina was awarded residencies at Hinge Arts (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) and the Badlands National Park (South Dakota).