193 XMAS SHOPDecember 9 - December 22Wednesday through Saturday 11 - 6PM, open late for special events below
193's annual holiday market is open now! Come shop art, books, prints, t-shirts, ceramics, records, plants and more. Cross everyone off your shopping list and pick up something for yourself while you're at it.
This year's artists and vendors include:
Forage Plants, Spinster Records, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Don't Worry Baby, Blluemade, LAND Gallery, Queer Appalachia, WUSSY Mag, Enchanted Life Goods, Friends of Pasaquan, Adult Books, Kentucky for Kentucky, Robert Beatty, Lina Tharsing, James Lyons, and more.
Thursday, December 13, 7PM - Kentucky Amateur Film Archives at 193
An intimate, holiday-themed screening of found home movies with treats and beverages provided by us and Sorella Gelateria. You can also shop for books, artwork, and home goods from the 193 XMAS SHOP!
Saturday, December 15, 6 PM - 193's First Annual Nog and Log
The first of what is sure to become a treasured holiday tradition at Institute 193, enjoy eggnog and yule log cake while browsing this year's selection of holiday wares. We'll throw on some records and enjoy each other's company while bidding farewell to 2018.
Thursday, December 20 - Silverware and Idiot Glee at 193
Join us for a rare Lexington performance from Silverware (Ainsley Wagoner) and Idiot Glee (James Friley) returning to 193 for with some holiday music for the first time in a few years.
Saturday, December 22 - 193 Cookie Swap and Shop Closing Party
Join Institute 193 for the final day of this year's XMAS SHOP! Do some last minute shopping and bring some cookies to trade! Makes an easy (and delicious) gift!Bring a dozen cookies (or several dozen), swap some out for the other cookies folks bring and box them up as gifts for friends and family! We'll have boxes and ribbon on hand to make them look FESTIVE. We'll have some extra cookies on hand for eating and giving out.
John Martin, Untitled, 2018, glazed ceramic, dimensions vary.
John Martin John Martin's ToolboxNovember 10, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Reach into John Martin’s toolbox and you won’t find rusty metal wrenches, old hammers, or runaway screws. In their place lies a vast array of chunky ceramic sculptures, styled with dynamic colors and exaggerated shapes. Too large to be operable and too fragile to be functional, Martin’s tools are the primary method of interaction with the objects that fascinate him. Tools are born from the human imagination, dictated by our goals to work faster, build stronger, and reach further. They make us as we make them. Raised on a farm, tools and machinery were part of Martin’s daily life. He wasn’t allowed to—and still doesn’t—use conventional tools, but they are omnipresent in his work. He draws them. He paints them. He sculpts them in wood and shapes them in clay. Despite a lack of first-hand use, Martin acquired a visual vocabulary of tools from years of observation on his family’s farm. Martin’s sculptures invite us to separate the physical tool from our notions of it; what does a tool become when it is no longer practical?
Martin was born in Mississippi in 1963 and spent most of his childhood on his family’s farm in Arkansas. Years later, he moved to Oakland, California to live with his grandmother and aunt, where he began working with Creative Growth in 1987. Martin has always collected watches and keys, and over the past decade built a large collection of found tools. However, his signature images of knives, hammers, and saws go back to his experience as a child on his family’s farm.
Creative Growth is a non-profit art studio that supports artists with developmental disabilities. Their large facility offers resources like a ceramic studio, sewing and quilting equipment, and a range of two-dimensional mediums. Creative Growth also provides a gallery and representation to their artists.