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MING Studios Exhibition Features Several Artists From Boise State

art piece by Kate Walker.
Kate Walker’s performance art piece, “Cloudship,” based on an aircraft tested in the 1950s.

The third annual “Holding What Can’t Be Held” exhibition opens at MING Studios, 420 S. 6th St. on Aug. 9.

The exhibition features the work of 10 artists, including Caroline Earley, Kirsten Furlong and Kate Walker from Boise State as well as award-winning Boise State MFA student Shawn Edrington.

The work in the exhibition is the response to a visit by the artists to the radioactive clean-up sites at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls in 2017. The artists watched the exhumation of plutonium-contaminated material buried 60 years ago in pits near the Snake River Aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for 300,000 Idahoans.

Their work chronicles various aspects and challenges of the nuclear age. Works in the exhibition cover a range of disciplines from performance art to installation, video, painting, ceramic sculpture and more. Works by Marc Herbst, William Lewis, Rachel Reichert, Karl LeClair, Amy O’Brien and Tim Andreae are also featured.

The gallery hosts an opening reception at 7 p.m. Aug. 9.  The exhibition runs through Sept. 29.