Valdosta Daily Times

November 6, 2013

The Constellation Project

Adam Floyd
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Art is meant to reach out. The artist seeking contact with the viewer. Make a connection. Create a rapport. A relationship.

Traditionally, this connection is a hands-off affair. It occurs between the eyes and mind. A mental response to visual stimulation.

Artist Kalina Winska strives to break these boundaries by creating an intimate experience between artist and viewer — one where the lines cross, where the viewer becomes artist and the artist becomes the viewer.

This week, Winska’s “New Works” exhibit is among a series of new shows that opened at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.

She openly invites viewers to become active participants in the exhibit by expressing their “thoughts and emotions through concentric marks drawn directly on the wall,” Winska says in an artistic statement. “Each participant will finish their drawing with lines extending outward and connecting with the neighboring drawings made by others.”

She sees drawing as the conduit to connect ideas, thoughts and themes.

“This network is similar to the idea of constellations, where the stars in the night sky are grouped into patterns, or to an electric circuit that delineates the flow of energy,” Winska says. “This metaphor becomes tangible if you realize that this drawing on the wall is being made in metalpoint; the lines in your drawing are like the wires in an electrical circuit, they both carry energy.”

Winska has been a member of the Valdosta State University art department since 2012. She grew up in Poland, where she studied art then continued her art studies at the University of Florida.

She exhibits her work regularly, making more connections with people wherever she goes.



GALLERY

Artist Kalina Winska’s “New Works” shows in the Price-Campbell Gallery; along with artist Lillian Garcia-Roig’s “Conspicuous Nature,” Sallie & Harmon Boyette Gallery; artist Julie Hilliard’s “From the Mountains to the Sea: A Journey,” Josette’s Gallery; St. John’s Catholic School student works, Roberta George Children’s Gallery.

Where: The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St.

Run dates: The show runs Nov. 4 through Jan. 8, 2014.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays, except for opening receptions.

Admission: Free.

More information: Call (229) 247-2787; or visit turnercenter.org