Alumnus artist brings gravel and gymnastics to ROY G BIV
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Alumnus artist brings gravel and gymnastics to ROY G BIV

Artist Kyle Downs drew inspiration from gymnasts’ form to create his sculptural rendition of a pommel horse at ROY G BIV gallery. Credit: Courtesy of Kyle Downs. Local artist Kyle Downs found inspiration for his multidimensional pieces in parking lots, gyms and quarries. Columbus’ ROY G BIV nonprofit gallery for emerging artists will feature an exhibition displaying Downs’ sculptural work beginning on Saturday. The New Brunswick, Maine, native earned a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State in 2016 and was an adjunct professor in the Department of Art. Downs said his choice of medium, whether it’s wood, metal, performance or video, is determined through investigating the subject matter of the project. His most recent piece deals with the removal of streets and parking lots and employs asphalt as its medium. Downs said he was inspired to explore parking lots after spending time in areas affected by the mining industry. He said his work was inspired by the gravel industry and labor force, while exploring the line work in parking spots and the sides of roads. “I kind of took the idea of these boundaries and abstracted them and cut them and brought them back into the studio to […]

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