Artist Katherine Kadish invited artist, Don Kelley to participate in the Kindred Spirits exhibition, currently on display at The Art Store. The exhibit is on display now through April 20th – a little over one week left!
“The work is inspired by gardens. This subject has fascinated me, on and off, for many years, beginning with an interest in divisions of space, and more recently, with color, scale, value, and texture relationships, as I try to evoke the mystery and sensuality of gardens.
The images are invented, but the garden I’ve worked in over these last few years serves as a kind of sketchbook. As I design, plant and transplant, observe changes in weather, time of day, and season, and absorb the actual feel of things in the natural world, I take in a storehouse of material, which later emerges, transformed in the work.
For me, the garden is a huge metaphor, beginning with the “original” garden, the Garden of Eden, the source of good and evil in Western tradition. It also represents “the garden of earthly delights,” and is a microcosm of nature. The process of planting, growth and, finally, decay and death, before rebirth: our life cycle, but distilled and intensified.
Above all, my work is most essentially about color and colors acting upon each other. The garden is like a basic tune in jazz, upon which I play abstract riffs. It is a starting point for shape, pattern, color, and mood.” — Katherine Kadish
“The Timeline series of unique-proof lithographs is photographically derived from sculptural installations combining dry-powdered clay with steel plates cut into various geometric shapes and sizes. The powdered clay is formed by hand in ways that suggest changes in the earth occurring over the long span of geologic time. To make the prints computer-manipulated photo-images of the installations were transferred to aluminum plates, hand printed on a lithography press, and then uniquely hand colored with watercolor and ink. This work dramatizes the fragility and beauty of the earth’s landscape, and the natural forces that inexorably alter it over millennia—generally slowly—sometimes cataclysmically.” — Don Kelley
Upcoming exhibition opening April 28th:
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