TEN: Kingston Associates: Entangle

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TEN: Kingston Associates: Entangle features the work of the gallery’s associate members, where the artwork explores what it means to ‘entangle’ through many different mediums.

This exhibition features bold, colorful works and more contemplative, quiet pieces. However, each of the works included explores the relationship between the material object and the ephemeral idea. In a review of the exhibition, Jacob Cutler from Artscope magazine says of the theme and show, ‘Viewers are encouraged to ponder how both they and the artist react to the same ideas and feelings contained or transmitted by a work of art.’ Whether one is transported back in time to a memory evoked from the work of art or intellectually engaged with the technique or idea presented in a particular work, it is that entanglement between the viewer and artist that is so successful as one views this exhibition. Artists included in this exhibition: Jamie Bowman, Steven Cabral, Anthony Falcetta, Tatiana Flis, Jane Lincoln, Brian Littlefield, Rachel Mello, Rachel Sevanich, Rachel Thern, and Anne Sargent Walker.

TEN: Kingston Associates: Entangle is on view in the Kingston Main and Center Galleries, and Kingston Project Space through August 12, 2018.

A Talk with Associate Member Jane Lincoln

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This months the exhibit TEN Kingston Associates: Entangle features the work of the gallery’s associate members. The work in this exhibition embodies the physicality of art making, ‘where the process of making art becomes an entangling of shape, light, realism, and abstraction.’ One associate member, Jane Lincoln, shares insight into her creative practice:

What is different or specific to your practice or creation of this work?

The TEN Kingston Associates discuss and vote on the title for our show each year.  “Entangle” was favored by the majority. This was a challenge to me as I consider myself a minimalist. I liked the challenge to find a totally new type of work in order to have it apply to the title.

How did you begin working on this body of work? What are your inspirations?

My first two works “Tangled Up In Blue” and “The Green Line” were just playing with colored pencil and overlapping lines vertically. Each has a single strand for an accent. One has more white ground while the other becomes dense.

In working on the above, the conceptual artists of the 60s and 70s came to mind. Having viewed the exhibition “Sol LeWitt: 100 Views” at MASSMoCA several times, it excited me to have a space – Kingston Gallery – in which I could be assured to hang a large wall drawing. Ideally drawing directly on the wall would be great, but taking the time to create it in my studio on a roll of BFK Rives sufficed. I expected “Scribbles” (detail pictured above) would take several months but found the process so much fun it practically created itself.

Another inspiration was from the quote of Jasper Johns: “Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.” Combining this concept with a Brice Marden notebook, I created “Do Something”. The process of repetition becomes accumulation – similar to briars growing in nature; or yarn becoming tangled. The layering mimics computer design work but the hand drawn speaks that nothing can ever be exactly the same. I had many thoughts while working on this, such as: What is Art? How closely does a viewer look? Is merely the “time spent working in the studio” enough? How can I present this tiny notebook so someone doesn’t pocket it? J

How do you want your audience to feel after viewing your work?

Artists react to a given word or theme totally differently. My primary intent is to have the viewer pause and consider the concept of the work.

TEN Kingston Associates: Entangle is on view in the Kingston Main and Center Galleries and in the Kingston Project Space through August 12, 2018.

Exciting New Way to Buy Art: Art Money!

IMG_1526Kingston Gallery is happy to announce that we participate in a new innovative service for those wishing to buy and collect artwork. The service is Art Money and it is an interest free way of purchasing art you love.

The basics can be found on the Art Money website, but you can also talk to anyone in the gallery if you are interested in starting your collection through this service. You need only pay a minimum 10% deposit to acquire an artwork, then pay the rest over 9 months with no interest.

Support artists and the Kingston Gallery through your art purchases while enjoying exciting new artworks in your own home!

Erica Licea-Kane: 2018 MCC Painting Fellowship Recipient

The Kingston Gallery would like to congratulate Erica Licea-Kane for being awarded a full fellowship in painting by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. There were 578 applicants, with 8 full memberships and 5 finalist awards being selected this year. The panelists for this award were Nicole Duennebier, Roger Hankins, Masako Kamiya, and Dominic Molon.

The artist fellowship program recognizes exceptional work by Massachusetts artists across a range of disciplines. These highly competitive awards provide artists necessary recognition and help advance artistic development for each artist as well as the entire artistic community. The Massachusetts Cultural Council is the largest arts funding organization in the state and Massachusetts is one of the few states that still provide unrestricted grants for artists.

Licea-Kane’s work is currently on exhibit in the project space at the Kingston Gallery, along with work by Ilona Anderson in the main and center galleries.

Orange Distortions, 2017, 16″ x 48″ x 3″, extruded acrylic pigment/medium

Ilona Anderson: The Awake Fluid of Inside Dreams is on view in the Kingston Main and Center Galleries, and Erica Licea-Kane: Small Works is on view in the Kingston Project Space through July 1, 2018.

Explorations in Color, Place and Motion

The current exhibition in the main gallery at Kingston Gallery, The Awake Fluid of Inside Dreams by artist Ilona Anderson, envelopes visitors in an imaginative space, evocative of narratives.  Anderson, who grew up in South Africa, explores place and boundaries in four stop motion animations and a number of archival prints captured from the animation process. The animations, are created from layers of Anderson’s drawings, paintings and photography collaged together then set in motion.

Upon entering the gallery, one is immediately drawn into the intensity of color and slow transitioning of the projected animations. The exhibition title is perfectly descriptive of the magical fluidity of the works presented, as evidenced in the animation cell included below. The process Anderson uses to create the flowing animations involves the accumulation of many images, with small changes occurring across time creating the material for the images to be cobbled together digitally. The image of Japanese Screen: An Awake Dream depicts the artist’s work getting ready to be printed.

The Awake Fluid of Awake Dreams, animation cell, sizes variable, 2017-18.

For Anderson, home, resides in each moment, experience and situation. Being a person from another country, this anchors the narrative for her. She creates in order to explore these edges and boundaries, the arch of the narrative.

“I excavate these uninspected spaces to reveal the surprising in the everyday, which allows me to embrace the changing moment.” In this statement she reveals her curiosity of the continuously changing image/ s of our lives.

Japanese Screen: An Awake Dream, animation cell, sizes variable, 2018.

In the back gallery, the Kingston Project Space, Erica Licea-Kane’s exhibition Small Works presents shaped paintings created from balsa wood and extruded acrylic paint. These smaller works are richly textured and patterned. The skin-like effect of the extruded areas act like portals to the understructures when left untextured.

Licea Kane describes her process; “I set out to create a series of pieces that would expose the underbelly of each work. In the piece, Letting it Be, I left an entire area untouched of the burned/patterned surface that started as the base of all of these works. I found that I really enjoyed burning the balsa wood, patching out the shapes and then applying a transparent layer of acrylic pigment. For me this opens the door to exploring more transparent and painted surfaces in future works.”

Letting it Be, 2018, 18”x15”x .5”, extruded pigmented medium

Letting it Be, 2018, 18”x15”x .5”, extruded pigmented medium  (detail)

Ilona Anderson: The Awake Fluid of Inside Dreams is on view in the Kingston Main and Center Galleries, and Erica Licea-Kane: Small Works is on view in the Kingston Project Space through July 1, 2018.

Emerging Art Program 2018

Emerging Artist Program

Deadline to apply: July 30, 2018
Date for joining the gallery: September 1, 2018

The Kingston Gallery is currently accepting applications for its one year emerging artist program. This program provides mentorship from experienced artists and is a great way to immerse yourself in the rigors of becoming a professional artist.

The artist selected for the year long opportunity will participate in the gallery in every way, but all fees will be waived. The year of participation will culminate in a solo exhibition in the center gallery.

More information about the program and the application process can be found at:

http://www.kingstongallery.com/about/emerging-artist-program.php

Greg Lookerse, Praying for the Rain to Stop, Various books, 2014.

From the series, “What Choice Do I Have?” Now, Digital Print, 42.5 x 31”, 2011–2013.

 

The Environment and Landscape: Two Views

 

The current exhibition at the Kingston Gallery, Now That We Have Only This by artist Susan G. Emmerson, evokes feelings of loss and devastation through beautifully intricate assemblages created from Tyvek, paper and other non-traditional materials. These works highlight the rising number of natural and human created disasters, while still focusing on the personal impact of such events.

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In one such piece titled Back Stoop, Emmerson is able to capture the essence of small town community through the inclusion of implied architectural elements and bits of domestic ephemera. The assemblage works are balanced by sophisticated paintings and drawings also evoking the loss of home, community and one’s general sense of safety.

In the project space are photographs by Mary Lang titled Wild Beauty: Photographs from Scotland. These magical landscapes depict an untamed and rugged beauty. Evoking mythological tales through their vastness and mystery, Lang provides a space for escape from the chaos and unease of our daily existence.

Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Susan G. Emmerson: Now That We Have Only This is on view in the Kingston Main and Center Galleries, and Mary Lang: Wild Beauty: Photographs from Scotland is on view in the Kingston Project Space through May 27, 2018.