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  • Photos by Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Artlink's new exhibits include this kitchen scene by Danielle Graves.

  • “Yellow Purple #2” is a work by Thomas Joseph Leffers

  • Graves, an artist from Indianapolis, has other works displayed in her new Artlink exhibit “In The Kitchen,” which has its opening reception today.

  • “Comp. 011” by Ed Ryan is part of the new works on display.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Artlink: new exhibit from Thomas Joseph Leffers: title: White Black Pastel

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Artlink: new exhibit from Ed Ryan: title: Comp. 010 VIDEO

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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Artlink: new exhibit from Danielle Graves: titles not available

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Artlink: new exhibit from Thomas Joseph Leffers: title: Yellow Purple #1

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Artlink: new exhibit from Danielle Graves: titles not available

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Artlink: new exhibit from Danielle Graves, soft sculpture of knives

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Artlink: new exhibit from Ed Ryan: title: Comp. 012 VIDEO

Friday, May 19, 2017 1:00 am

'In the Kitchen' among 3 new shows at Artlink

If you go

What: Opening reception

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Artlink Contemporary Gallery, 300 E. Main St.

Admission: Free, donations are welcome; regular gallery hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

Spotlight

Danielle Graves, artist

Q. What are the challenges of creating work in the medium of soft sculpture?

A. With any form of sculpture, it is always the transition from 2D to 3D that is the most challenging for me. Everything I make in soft sculpture always starts as a drawing and it isn't always easy figuring out what shapes of fabric I have to sew together to make that sketch possible in the sculptural world.

Plush paintings and soft sculpture are among the mediums Danielle Graves uses to explore femininity in her new Artlink show, “In the Kitchen.”

“Not only is it about confronting the objectification of women but also about embracing womanhood and the pressures that come along with it,” Graves says in an email to The Journal Gazette. She uses mostly recycled materials to create pieces such as plush kitchen knives and a hamburger with a model's legs and breasts titled “Burger Babe.”

The Indianapolis-based artist's exhibit is among three opening today. There is a reception tonight at the downtown gallery and the shows run through June 23.

Also opening are “The Visceral Hue,” a series of abstract pieces by Fort Wayne native Thomas Joseph Leffers, and “Blend” by Ed Ryan of Kalamazoo, Michigan, who creates black and white photograms, which are photographic images created without a camera.

– Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette