Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hello, Gorgeous


Panoramic view of Crazy Beautiful at Kenise Barnes Fine Art. We're going to take a clockwise tour of this gallery before proceeding to the back


A few years ago I was riding up Eighth Avenue in a taxi with the then-editor of an art mazazine. He asked what I was up to, and I told him that I was curating a show about visual pleasure. "Ah, beauty," he responded. "Isn't it great that we can talk about it again?" Yes, it is. And the conversation has continued.
Kenise Barnes has curated an exhibition at her Larchmont Gallery, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, in which I'm pleased to be participating.  




Crazy Beautiful includes the work of nine artists. It's up through July 28. I hope you'll get to see it. (It's an easy ride on Metro North, and the gallery is a couple of blocks from the Larchmont station.) In case you can't get there, I offer you a walk-through of the exhibition, which takes place in the venue's two galleries. Because I'm in the show, I'm refraining from opinion, but I certainly concur with the title. Here's Barnes's description of the work: "celebratory and expansive, each work a conscious offering of pleasure and outright, unabashed beauty."

Left: The participating artists



Molly McCracken Kumar, Diffuse Revelry, 2017, acrylic on canvas
Image from gallery website

Installation photos are mine. In some instances I have drawn images from the gallery website, and they are credited. I've omitted dimensions, because you can see relative scale in the panoramic views

Joanne Mattera
Above: Silk Road 410
Below: Silk Road 409, both 2018, encaustic on panel


Silk Road 415, 2018, encaustic on panel

Rachel Hellerich
Above: Step to Ascension, 2018 
Below: Nocturne, 2017; both acrylic and flashe on panel
Images from gallery website




Panoramic view of the right wall


Janna Watson, Silence Makes Me Crazy, 2018; acrylic, gouache, oil pastel, and ink on panel
Image from gallery website


Jackie Battenfield, Under a Cloud cs2, 2017, acrylic on mylar mounted on panel
Image from gallery website


Rachel Hellerich, Circuit Canopy, 2018, acrylic and flashe on panel
Image from gallery website


Jenny Kemp, Life Slice, 2018, acrylic on linen mounted on panel
Image from gallery website

Detail below


Panoramic view looking into the second gallery
The images below follow the read from left to right

Jackie Battenfield, Delicate Slope, 2017, acrylic on mylar mounted on panel

Detail below


Jenny Kemp, Heads Together, 2017, acrylic on linen mounted on panel


Installation of Mary Judge drawings, with individual info below


Mary Judge, Pop Flower 62, 2018, powdered pigment on paper
Image from gallery website


Mary Judge, Pop Flower 63, powdered pigment on paper
Image from gallery website


Mary Judge, Pop Flower 64, powdered pigment on paper
Image from gallery website

Mary Judge, Pop Flower 66, 2918, powdered pigment in paper
Image from gallery website


Molly McCracken Kumar, Trailing Blossom, 2017, acrylic on canvas
Image from gallery website


Mary Judge, Pop Flower, Opus Series 6, 2018, powdered pigment on paper
Image from gallery website


Catherine Latson, Specimen 6, 2018; cotton, wire, vintage kidskin gloves, tapioca root

Detail below 


Joanne Mattera, Silk Road 412, encaustic on panel



A corner in the second gallery
The images below follow the read from left to right


Jenny Kemp, Hourglass, 2018, acrylic on linen mounted on panel
Image from gallery website

Joanne Mattera, Silk Road 413, encaustic on panel


Peter Pincus
Above: Quatrefoil Columns 1 and 2
Below: White Bowl and Black Bowl
All 2018, colored porcelain and gold luster




Jenny Kemp, Spin, 2018, acrylic on linen mounted on panel
Image from gallery website


Opposite corner in the second gallery, looking toward the front
Catherine Latson, Specimen 7, 2018; cotton, wire, repurposed tiles

Detail below



Peter Pincus, Warm Container and Cool Container, 2018, colored porcelain and gold luster

Crazy Beautiful is up through July 28. You can view an online exhibition catalog here
Cover shown below


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