Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review of Tiffanie Devos's show - Kelsey Heiss

Kelsey Heiss is a Professional Writing major at Kutztown University. This spring she has begun writing reviews of Eckhaus Gallery's exhibitions for the student paper.


TIFFANIE DEVOS: “CALL MOM”

Kutztown graduate Tiffanie Devos is currently showing her first solo exhibit “Call Mom”

at Eckhaus Gallery, which will be up until Saturday February 14th. Eckhaus is an entirely student-

run art gallery in downtown Kutztown, located at 157 W. Main Street (next to Pretzel

Revolution, across from Betty’s).

Devos graduated from Kutztown University in 2014 with a B.A. of Fine Arts. She works

in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation. “Call

Mom,” like much of Devos previous work, focuses on domestic life and its influence on the

inherent aspects within ourselves that we often don’t know the origin of; in the case of this show,

the effects of the maternal family.

The show consists of a collection of photographs, gelatin sculptures, a kitchen video

installation, and a “Mütter Haus” installation. The works all aim to show the contrast between

the domestic propaganda we have learned to accept, and modern feminist ideas. Devos’s gelatin

photographs pair formal portraits of gelatin molds with witty titles related to contemporary

women’s issues, contextualizing the photographs in a new way. As well in using gelatin, one of

Devos’s go-to subjects and something that has been traditionally domestic for decades, put

together with these alternative feminine issues, for example the subject of abortion, creates a new

circumstance for the item. Devos explained the work as “the idea of taking something and just

letting it be what it’s supposed to be,” but making it not as simple as it seems.

There is also a great feeling of familiarity and nostalgia throughout Devos’s show. While

the works are personal, and draw on her own experiences, Devos explained that she wants her

work to be “as relatable as possible to the viewer.” Many photographs of her family and

childhood were included in the show, but there is still a familiarity and a universal understanding

that the viewer is able to relate to in some way. We all have these “lineage-pushed, non-verbal

actions” projected on us as children, and they become a part of who we are as adults. For

example, Devos shared her personal experience of learning to use food as an ice-breaker from

her mother and grandmother. And as Devos explains, we often find ourselves living and acting in

a way where we don’t know how exactly we got to be this way, but it’s simply from years of this

inherent familial influence.

As “Call Mom” ends, Devos is taking some time to decide her next step. She has applied

to graduate schools, and while waiting to hear back she is working on developing her next body

of work. After exploring the maternal side of family, Devos is considering making a shift to the

paternal, something she is more unfamiliar with.  She also expressed interest in producing works

pertaining to motherhood and fertility, issues that are more personal and relatable to a young

woman in her early twenties.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lehigh Valley Young Writers Fest

Calling all 7th and 8th grade students in the Lehigh Valley area! Do you enjoy writing poetry? Are you interested in gaining feedback from professionals and college students? Submit your work to the Lehigh Valley Young Writers Fest, where you can perform your poetry for friends and family! The Fest will be happening on Saturday, March 21st from 9am to 5pm at Eckhaus Gallery in Kutztown, PA.

All submissions can be sent to lvyoungwriters@gmail.com with your name, age, and school district. Deadline is February 1st at midnight. For more information, visitlvyoungwritersfest.com!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Business Cards!

Look what came in the mail!

Stop by during the spring semester and grab your own Eckhaus business card. Have a wonderful holiday everyone! See you in January!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER

Need some experience? Want to work with other students in a setting other than the classroom? Come volunteer at Eckhaus!
As a volunteer, you get to be involved in the set-up process of a show, be a part of our events like Open Mic Night, Christmas in Kutztown, and the Block Party, AND get awesome perks like going on field trips and discounts on limited edition Eckhaus tshirts.
If interested, please email us at eckhausgallery@gmail.com with your name, year, and major and we'll go from there! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

We would like to thank the organizations that worked with us this weekend. Thank you to Kutztown University Radio and the performers that came to NOISE on Dec. 5th. Also thank you to the Kutztown Community Partnership for putting on Christmas in Kutztown. We enjoyed hosting Donna Hill-Chaney’s art class projects on Dec. 6th that celebrated the upcoming bicentennial of Kutztown.




Monday, November 10, 2014

NOISE


KUR and Eckhaus Gallery are teaming up to help promote and support the local arts in Kutztown.
NOISE, an Eckhaus Gallery performing arts event, is being held on December 5th starting at 5pm. The Gallery is welcoming all students and locals to perform or attend.  NOISE entrance fee will be a $5 suggested cash donation at the door. If interested in performing, auditions will be held during the galleries open mic nights (Nov. 13th and 20th) at our 157 W.Main Street location; Or submit an mp3 demo via email to eckhausgallery@gmail.com