Steven Cabral: Seeking Balance

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In this work for the exhibition Seeking Balance, artist Steven Cabral challenged himself to learn how to stay still and work delicately with a smaller surface. He is interested in breaking free from his earlier works, which were distinctly geometric, to create a series of paintings which are more organic with only a hint of geometry. This approach of getting out of one’s comfort zone allowed Cabral to enter a hyper-meditative state of mind resulting in the ability to simplify his practice and focus on two elements, line and a limited color palette.

Cabral says of this work, ‘I want the audience to be open when approaching and viewing the work. The body of work is quiet and minimalistic; however, perhaps that’s what the world needs right now. Something simple and quiet. As we become more connected to the internet and with each other, sometimes our brains need a break and simply disconnect. It’s easy to get lost and distracted by the noise. This show allows the viewer to look deeper into the work and find the simple beauty in the interplay of the fine oil filled lines and the deep layers and smooth wax surface.’

For more information on this exhibition please see the Kingston Gallery website.

Luanne E Witkowski and Denise Marika: STRATA is on view in the Kingston Main and Center Galleries and Steven Cabral: Seeking Balance is on view in the Kingston Project Space through September 30, 2018.

Luanne E Witkowski and Denise Marika: STRATA

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Gallery member Luanne E Witkowski and artist Denise Marika present a collaborative work titled ‘Strata’ in an exhibition which highlights the cyclical nature of time and power relationships, while highlighting the interactions between humans and the environment. Included also in this exhibition are a series of works titled ‘Grounded’ which are constructed out of clay, sand, shell, wood, plastics, resins, and pigments by Luanne E Witkowski. These abstract non-traditional works are textural and reminiscent of natural landscapes which entice viewers to consider the ephemeral and physical, the present and past, and the physical and virtual.

Artist Denise Marika created the video works, including the installation ‘Gated’. This video installation addresses the restrictions on humans and animals through such devices as gates and fences, which intersect and interupt the natural landscape. The painted, crumpled paper works resemble topographic maps while the video was shot on the border of Nepal and China/Tibet. Marika’s studio assistant Tom Fahey, an experimental musician and multimedia artist, worked with Marika on these works as a technical assistant and sound designer.

The exhibition and installation piece, Strata, came about through the long-time friendship between Witkowski and Marika, and represents their first fully collaborative work. Sadly, Marika passed away in early July after a long illness. On September 22, Luanne E Witkowski and Marika’s studio assistant Tom Fahey will be doing an artists’ discussion at 3:00pm at the Kingston Gallery.

More information on this exhibition can be found in the Boston Globe in a review by Cate McQuaid and on the Kingston Gallery website. Luanne E Witkowski was also recently featured in the Boston Voyager online magazine.

Luanne E Witkowski and Denise Marika: STRATA is on view in the Kingston Main and Center Galleries and Steven Cabral: Seeking Balance is on view in the Kingston Project Space through September 30, 2018.

Meet Emily Brodrick: Kingston’s 2018 Emerging Artist

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What is different or specific to your practice or creation of this work?
During and post college, for four years I created my pieces solely with fiber. Gradually over the past year or so I have shifted to using other traditionally considered craft media such as cut paper and ceramics but because of the history of my practice, I think my work will forever reference textiles in some way. Because the historical link between fiber and women, this gives my work a feminine energy that is essential to the way I make and think about my art, and the way it is seen by others as well.

How did you begin working on this body of work? What are your inspirations?
Back in June I headed up to Haystack to take a ceramics workshop and when I came back I began to respond to the organic forms that I was in contact with every day. Seaweed, leaves, fungi and other shapes started creeping their way into my visual language. I began to produce small collections – of both materials and objects – and thinking about what we choose to pick up not only physically, but also in our memory, when we are outside and in nature. This series is a continuation of a concept I have been working with since last summer of bringing the outside in.

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How do you want your audience to feel after viewing your work?
Since I began showing in college, a constant in my work has been the question what is craft and what is art? As I mentioned, I use historically considered craft media to create my work so this is something that I think about often. There is a lack of respect for crafts in our culture that is rooted in class inequality so with my work, I ask viewers to question their personal beliefs when it comes to how they define craft vs. art.

To see more of Emily’s work please see her website:

https://www.emilybrodrick.com

 

To learn more about the Kingston Emerging Artist program please see the link below:

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

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.