April 9, 2013
a glass award

Fragments, a new exhibition hosted by the City of Orlando Public Art Program, features art by KYLE and UCF’s own Kevin Haran.

A public reception with the artists will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the rotunda of Orlando City Hall.

Fragments is an in depth look into the world of assemblage and collage. The unique visions of the two artists presents an exploration into and combination of expression, material and process.

Kevin Haran is an Associate Professor at UCF’s School of Visual Arts and Design, and KYLE is an instructor at Valencia Community College. The show includes 25 of Haran’s recent sculptures, drawings, and watercolors.

Haran describes his work, “My process of building these works is a “grown up” version of how I constructed similar objects as a child (using found materials). Working over a foam board structure, I select different kinds of cardboard for the surface covering. The juxtaposition of various colors, patterns and text results in a kind of “commercial” camouflage or armor. The choice of subject shows my interest in old military vehicles as recognizable icons of war. Also the fact that both my parents were veterans of the Second World War is significant to me”.

Over the years, Haran’s work has focused on the production of studio art in the following areas: mixed-media drawings on paper, acrylic paintings on wood, watercolors, and most recently, cardboard sculpture. His art has been included in over 50 national and international juried exhibitions, and over 50 local or regional exhibitions. One of his watercolors was featured in the traveling exhibition, Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings from the Columbus Museum. Haran’s work has been accepted into collections including the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University; The Columbus Museum, Georgia; Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland; The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park; The Army Art Collection, National Museum of the U.S. Army, Washington, DC; and the National World War II Museum, New Orleans.

For more information about the exhibition, call 407 246-4279.