Cicadas Attack! Artist Kayt Hester’s New Work Is Sure to Thrill

by Narciso Espiritu

You’ve heard about the 2013 Cicada Invasion, right? Maybe dreamt (or had nightmares) about cicadas creeping around every single corner and crevice of your daily life? What a bust, right? Well, there’s one artist who’s celebrating our crawling, flying, noisy neighbors. Kayt Hester, a Jersey City-based artist, widely known for her style of tape-art, is having her annual local show, titled “The 17-Year Cicada,” at Port-o Lounge in Jersey City, opening Saturday, August 24.

Hester, who has exhibited work in Jersey City, Philadelphia, and New York City for almost ten years, is focusing her annual August exhibition on the Magicicada Cicadas, the mysterious creatures that only appear every seventeen years. Initially, her work consisted of only black and white palettes, but she’s recently expanded, including more colors and experimenting with different textures. The exhibition, slated to run until October,  will also be included in JC Fridays, a city-wide day of free art events, on September 6, and in the Jersey City Artists’ Studio Tour on October 5-6.

If you’re looking forward to seeing a cicada this summer without the risk of it getting in your hair or crunching underfoot, this Saturday in Jersey City is your best bet.

The 17-Year Cicada
New Artwork by Kayt Hester
Saturday, August 24, 9P
Port-o Lounge
286 First St
Jersey City, NJ 

Thanks to Kayt Hester, Port-o Lounge, JC Fridays, and Pro Arts Jersey City

Images via Kayt Hester and JC Fridays

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