PRESS RELEASE 6/14/12 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
K E N I S E B A R N E S F I N E A R T
1955 PALMER AVENUE, LARCHMONT, NY
914 834 8077
Summer Solstice July 26 – September 1, 2012
MARY ELLEN BARTLEY opening reception:
MARY JUDGE Thursday, July 26
MOLLY MCCRACKEN KUMAR 6:30 – 8:30
EVE STOCKTON public invited
Come celebrate the summer with an exhibition of some of our favorite artists and staff picks. Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present a fresh selection of paintings, drawings and photographs to delight your senses and refresh your spirit.
Waddy Armstrong’s current work is a convergence of botanical structures and motifs, melding a philosophical return to nature simplicity with formal artistic inquiry. Armstrong uses a technique he calls “hybridizing,” in which visual elements from various plants and trees coalesce in seamless, harmonious compositions, ranging from gestural abstractions to silhouettes of the imagined. Since 1999, Armstrong has had numerous solo and group exhibitions around the country. Armstrong graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Painting in 1999. He lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
Mary Ellen Bartley is a photographer working on the eastern end on Long Island. Included in the show are works from her Artist and Model Series, photographs of figures, interiors and abstract elements of books. Bartley is exploring the idea of figure as it relates to the act of finding and losing oneself in a book. Most of her subjects are photographs of artist’s models posing, as Bartley did in art school where she took her place on both sides of the easel. The figures seem to be caught in a state of both hiding and revealing themselves. Another key element in the work is the abstract striping of book pages. These abstractions entice the viewer to get lost in their endless variations while maintaining the tactile feeling of the physical pages.
Mary Judge’s work is about transformation through repetition: employing an underlying geometric framework she explores the possibility of the emotive power of reductive forms deployed through that repetition. Judge embraces the chance aspects of the process and also it’s potential to evoke deep feelings of harmony and meaning in its relationship to the body like those found in ancient forms. Imagery is arrived at through the use of loose rules that guide the series. The viewer is presented with the endless possibilities of a defined pattern and participates in the thought process of the work and it’s underlying intelligence. Judge divided her time between New York and St. Louis.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Molly McCracken Kumar received her MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. Inspired by nature’s cycles of birth, death and rebirth, McCracken’s deeply layered images depict states of flux within organic depictions of plants and cells. In an exploration of transient experiences, the paintings embrace the permanence of beauty as they metaphorically suggest the renewal of idealized possibilities and the energy of seasonal change. McCracken currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
Artist Eve Stockton is inspired by nature, science myth and memory. Her large-scale woodcut prints bring to mind landscapes, skyscapes and cellular activity, and nature’s creative force is evoked by probing states of dynamic transition in general, and rhythms of individual forms and phenomena in particular. Stockton received degrees in architecture and fine art from Princeton and Yale. She works closely with the Center For Contemporary Print Making in Norwalk, CT and resides in Virginia.
For more information, exhibition images or to arrange a pre-view please contact the gallery.
Kenise@KBFA.com or 914 834 8077.