Swimming Them Homeward, is a survey of artists from Lexington, Kentucky featuring works by Charles Williams, Louis Zoellar Bickett, Robert Morgan, Mike Goodlett, Guy Mendes, James Baker Hall, Mare Vaccaro, Lina Tharsing, and Robert Beatty. Lexington’s art community is extraordinarily prolific and interconnected, but artists from here are rarely shown outside of regional art centers. This relative seclusion has led to the development of a geographically specific style that is seen today and can be traced back at least to the early 70’s. Anxious, baroque forms and compulsive tendencies of collecting or producing objects define these artists’ practice. The relationships between these artists extend beyond theme and tendency and also, perhaps most importantly, take place in the real world. They collect each other’s work and have maintained long term friendships.

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