Unspoken Moment, an exhibition featuring work by Elaine Farley Kinnaird, Catharine Friend, and Jimmy Nunn, Jr. This exhibition embodies the intimate act of leaning in to hear a whisper. The artists invite the viewer to come and glimpse the space in the world that they currently occupy—creating a window that makes the implicit explicit. The work in the show captures that intangible thing that circles and defines the outlines of life.
Elaine Farley Kinnaird is a Birmingham native who attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Birmingham Southern College. She received her MFA in fiber art in 2014 from Cranbrook Academy of Art and in 2018 she received a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Her first solo exhibition was at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in 2016, and in 2017 her collaborative exhibition at Ground Floor Contemporary was featured in B-Metro Magazine under the title “Two in the Hand(made)” by Brett Levine. She was featured in Slag Mag 2, no. 1’s “Featured Artists”, and most recently, she was the inaugural artist for the Cultural Reservation Podere Conte Ràcani – Sculptor Residency Program, in Umbria, Italy.
Catharine Friend lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, with a BA in French and additional studies in Art History. Art has been a lifelong passion of hers; she has always been pulled towards the creative side of life. She began her serious pursuit of painting in 2001 after retiring from non-profit work. Creating art fills much of her time, whether it is painting in her home studio, taking workshops from well-known instructors, or collaborating with fellow artists at Ground Floor Contemporary.
Jimmy Nunn Jr. is a visual artist working primarily to investigate social perceptions of the black-skinned body. Nunn seeks to depict a less limited, more mercurial view of black skin. With the usage of abstraction, a varied color palette, and a plethora of materials (spray paint, acrylic, serigraphy, glitter, colored pencil), Nunn recontextualizes blackness and, offering a new perspective, encourages its reconsideration. Nunn was born in 1996 in Selma, Alabama and attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts before obtaining a BFA in Studio Art from Birmingham Southern College. He was the recipient of the Charles B. Vail Fellowship, the Rayond J. MacMahon Award and is a member of the Southern Graphics Council Printmaking Organization. Nunn is currently based in Birmingham, AL, is a member of Ground Floor Contemporary.