Push Comes to Shove

September 28- November 20, 2020
Push Comes to Shove


September 28- November 20, 2020 
Portland MFA Studio
1606 Rowan Street
Louisville, KY 40203 

The Hite Art Institute is excited to present Push Comes to Shove, an exhibition featuring our new class of MFA students. This group exhibition explores the idea of pressure as a force of change: whether social, geological, political, or personal. In this time of anxiety and uncertainty, pressure manifests in many ways. Like change, pressure is both natural and constant.

This exhibition is a collection of works in response to these pressures. Push Comes to Shove includes physical pressure used in the making process, as well as the patriarchal and heteronormative pressure that affects us all. Pressure can also be seen as the driving force that pushes artists towards rapid personal growth; it is both painful and liberating. These forces shape our collective bodies and minds and are expressed through process, by creating transformative works through limited and violent norms.

With an emphasis on the interdisciplinary, Hannah DeWitt uses the power of radical vulnerability to make statements about abusive structures, the self, and the persistent trauma that seems to be an inherent part of womanhood.

Katelyn Gabbard casts metal artworks in bronze, aluminum and iron. Often using the human anatomy and manipulated found objects as reference, there is a representation of the pressures of physical and emotional weight, while creating boundaries in space for some viewers and interaction from others.

Working in mixed media and collage, Trish Korte produces assemblage art exploring the current interrelationship of women, nature, and mythology expressed through the lens of our present consumer driven culture. Disassembled slip-cast kitsch creates Pop Art chaos and serendipitous mayhem when combined with cast-offs and encaustic.

Shachaf Polakow uses photography while navigating between different environments. In this exhibition his works are investigating different types of pressures, from the physical act of pushing or pressing, to geopolitical and geological pressures.

Not unlike these artworks, we as humans are formed as a result of different forces and processes; we are the very manifestation of pressure.

Reservations are Required to view this exhibition. To make a reservation and view our Covid-19 policies please go Here.