'Loop': Local artists Jessie Boone, Joe Hedges display new work at 1305 Gallery on Final Friday

CINCINNATI - While it may be Final Friday in Over-the-Rhine, the night will also be a first for one of the neighborhood's most beloved art galleries.

Friday night is the opening of "LOOP" exhibition at 1305 Gallery on Main Street. The show features the work of local artists Jessie Boone and Joe Hedges .

Both previously worked for ArtWorks at different times but hadn't met before they started putting together the show.

"For this Final Friday, two prolific Cincinnati artists have come together to create new work that reaches out from and returns to their core themes," said Bill Slone, a spokesperson for the 1305.

VIEW WORK BY JESSIE BOONE AND JOE HEDGES

Boone, who honed her craft at Ohio University and Savannah College of Art & Design, has put together a collection of new paintings. The images depict portraits and handheld objects displaced from familiar settings.

She enjoys studying human subjects for extended periods of time because “people are most real when they do not realize that they are being watched.” But the focus of her work "not with the people themselves, but with the action of watching."

The theme ties in well with Hedges' photographs and installations, which Slone says, "represent familiar objects re-combined and repurposed to establish new identities." 

With a heavy emphasis on history and "an enthusiastic interest in the effects of digital technologies" and the modern world, Hedges describes his most recent work as melding "vocabularies and media in a contemporary fashion."

This is the first presentation of artists who are new to the exhibit space since it was taken forward by friends of the late Lily Mulberry. Mulberry, who founded the gallery in 2005, passed away earlier this year.

Slone said 1305 Gallery hopes this will be the first of many shows in which two active artists are paired "establish a dialogue describing the artistic talent at work in the city."

The gallery is open Friday night from 6 to 10 p.m. It'll also be open noon to 4 p.m. during OTR's Second Sunday on Main celebration September 14.

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