Architecture and Painting - Inseparable Elements

Architecture is considered a visual art like painting and sculpture. Architects design buildings using a creative process which usually begins with sketches of the building and its facade. The first things we notice about a building are elements that appeal directly to our senses: line, shape, texture, color, light/dark, and space.

There’s a new exhibit at Murray State University (MSU) that examines the relationship between painting and architecture in a contemporary context through color, shape and theory. Curated by artist and Hunter College professor Gabriele Evertz, “Dual Current: Inseparable Elements in Painting and Architecture,” opens January 16 and runs through February 22.

Works from several artists are featured including Josef Albers (American, born Germany, 1888–1976), Matthew Deleget (American, b. 1972), Peter Dudek (American, b.1952), Cris Gianakos (Greek-American, b. 1934), and Michelle Grabner (American, b.1962). There are also works by Lynne Harlow (American, b.1968), Changha Hwang (Korean, b.1969), Russell Maltz (American, b.1952), Rossana Martinez (Puerto Rican, b.1969), Kristine Marx (American, b.1969), and Manfred Mohr (German, b.1938).

The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 8am- 4:30pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Artist Talk

One of the artists, Kristine Marx, will visit the Murray State campus to meet with students and present an artist talk on Friday, January 26, at 2pm in room 623 on the sixth floor of Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

The works from these artists link three-dimensional space and the picture plane to create radical new forms. Dual Current explores the relationship between painting and architecture, closely intertwined since the Renaissance. This exhibition is organized for travel by the Ewing Gallery, located at the University of Tennessee.

For more information, contact Pamela Parker at or 270.809.3784 or visit the event page.

Kristine Marx

Kristine Marx is a video and installation artist based in New York City. She has had solo exhibitions at Plane Space (New York City), Fringe (Los Angeles), Big & Small/Casual (New York City), and at the Berliner Liste with Herrmann & Wagner (Berlin). 

She has collaborated on several multimedia performance projects with composers Akemi Naito and John Supko and musicians Greg Beyer and Erin Lesser. In addition to working as an artist, Marx writes essays and reviews on film for PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. She presently teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.