What's the antidote to the waning light of the season? Color! I'm delighted to be sharing the walls at Kenise Barnes Fine Art with four other artists, all of whom are engaged with the power of pigment. The opening of Radical Chrome took place a couple of weeks ago, but the show is up through January 15.
The gallery is located in Kent, Connecticut, in a cultural enclave that consists of contemporary structures and some restored barns that house art galleries, design and antique businesses, and artisanal food shops—the aptly named Kent Barns. Kent is in the far western part of the state, just under two hours from Manhattan. Let me take you on a clockwise tour from the entrance, which you see below.
Entrance to Kenise Barnes Fine Art
Passing Through, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 inches
Coast to Coast 6, 2022, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
Maren's connection to the natural world is direct, as she uses acorn tops as the repository for color. Installations are dimensional, jumping the boundaries between painting and sculpture
Jenny Kemp, Midsection, 2022, acrylic on linen mounted on canvas, 40 x 32 inches