Two exhibits open Jan. 20 at Hampden Gallery

Two exhibits, Heimo Wallner’s “SAU AUS USA” and Line Bruntse and Steve Buddington’s “Intimate Exposure,” will be on display through Thursday, Feb. 10 in Hampden Gallery.

The Hampden Gallery will host an opening reception for both exhibits on Thursday, Feb. 3 from 4-6 p.m.

An “Artist’s Talk” for Wallner’s exhibit will be on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Herter Auditorium. A “Gallery Talk” for Bruntse and Buddington’s exhibit will be on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Hampden Gallery.

In “SAU AUS USA,” Wallner, an Austrian artist, will transform the bare, fourteen-foot high walls of the gallery’s lobby into a drawing installation populated by his signature linear figures. Set in a framework of puzzle-like geometric shapes, the gestalt of Wallner’s drawing installation forms a multi-layered narrative over-flowing with humor, insight and possibility.

Wallner studied sculpture at the Vienna Academy of Art and has shown his work most recently at the International Print Center in New York City.

“Intimate Exposure” features new work in sculpture by Bruntse and paintings by Buddington. Both artists are UMass Art Department faculty in the Foundations program.

Bruntse, a native of Denmark who has spent the majority of her adult life in the U.S., has traveled extensively throughout Europe creating and exhibiting her work. Her peripatetic existence may be part of the inspiration for her current explorations. Buddington, a recent graduate of the Yale MFA program, focuses on painting “not the thing’s idea, but the thing itself,” focusing on books and other specific objects that make up his world.

All events for the two exhibits are free and open to the public.