Spatial Dichotomy: Kovatch and O’Brien at the WYG

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Spatial Dichotomy: Nicholas Kovatch and Kelly O’Brien
Exhibition Dates: Monday, March 26th – Thursday, March 29th 2018
Reception: Wednesday, March 28th from 5:30 -7-30 pm
Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery
MSU Melvin Graduate Studios
2998 W. Lincoln Street
Bozeman, MT 59718

The Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery is pleased to announce Spatial Dichotomy an installation by Nicholas Kovatch and Kelly O’Brien.   This short, but worthwhile installation will be on display Monday, March 26th – Thursday, March 29th.  A public reception will be held Wednesday, March 28th from 5:30 -7-30 pm

Clashing solid forms with slinking fabrics, Nicholas Kovatch and Kelly O’Brien explore Spatial Dichotomy. With their unique three-dimensional practices, which explore specifics of material associations, visual contrast takes over the viewer’s perception. The dichotomy between their practices is stimulating; one utilizes materials that are considered construction grade, while the other employs soft, glitzy and artificial textiles. Kovatch and O’Brien create an immersive installation that brings attention to contemporary consumerism through the duality of art practices. Through placement of our works, we will prompt viewers to slow down and contextualize their surroundings through colorful materials and minimalist objects. This juxtaposition merges some of O’Brien’s site sensitive installations against Kovatch’s hyper-aware formalism.

About the Artists:

Kelly O’Brien and Nicholas Kovatch have been active artists in the Twin Cities area for the past five years. Kovatch, an alumnus of Montana State University-Bozeman, saw the call for exhibitions at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery and thought it was a great opportunity to return to his alma-mater with another extraordinary sculpture and friend, O’Brien.

Kelly O’Brien is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Contemporary Sculptural Practices at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, WI, and is an MFA Mentor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in MN. O’Brien has her MFA in Sculpture from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA and BFA in sculpture and painting and BA in philosophy from Buffalo State College, NY. Recent accomplishments include a 2015 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, nomination for a Joan Mitchell award, and a solo show review in, and has been featured in New American Paintings, Midwest. Solo shows include SooVAC in Minneapolis, Kibbee Gallery in Atlanta, and an upcoming show at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Commissions include an educational installation for The Alliance Theater at the Woodruff Art Center, Atlanta, and a stage Installation for TEDxTalk, at TEDxPeachtree.

Nicholas Kovatch is an active sculptor, installation artist, and Adjunct Professor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montana State University-Bozeman’s School of Art. Recent accomplishments are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 2014 and was a fellow at the Arteles Creative Center in 2016. Kovatch received his MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his work is currently exhibited at the Bemidji Sculpture Park in Bemidji, MN.

The Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery is located on the west side of 19th Ave. Head west on Garfield and take a left at the blue MSU School of Agriculture sign. Continue on the dirt road until you reach an intersection with another sign indicating the Melvin Graduate Art Studios located to the right. After turning right, pass the equestrian and Farrier building until you read the Melvin Graduate Art Studios. Please drive under 15 mph once you leave Garfield St.

Waller-Yoblonsky Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM / Closed on Weekends.

To schedule and appointment to see the exhibit, please email Ella Watson or the Gallery Managers, Victoria Burchill at or Alyssa Willard at or visit