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Guy Kettelhack

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20120517151725-a_bee_than_whom
A Bee Than Whom, 2011 Prismacolor Marker & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120517151822-my_problem_with_your_hat
My Problem with your Hat, 2011 Prismacolor Marker & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120517151919-run
Run., 2012 Prismacolor Marker & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120517152025-three_creatures_in_the_toddler_stage
Three Creatures in the Toddler Stage, 2012 Prismacolor Marker & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120517152309-in_a_rabbit_s_ear
In a Rabbit's Ear, 2012 Prismacolor Marker & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120517152453-consuls_of_the_flesh
Consuls of the Flesh Prismacolor Marker & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120517152541-idea_tartare
Idea Tartare, 2012 Prismacolor Marker & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120518002438-we_sense_it_had_to_do_with_blue
We Sense It Had To Do With Blue, 2012 Prismacolor Marker & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120518002538-home
Home, 2012 Prismacolor Markers & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120518002633-the_fact_of_line
The Fact of Line, 2012 Prismacolor Markers & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120518002734-some_blue_clowns
Some Blue Clowns, 2012 Prismacolor Markers & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120518193357-oh__to_find_a_willing_fellow
Oh, to Find a Willing Fellow!, 2012 Prismacolor Markers & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120518193845-indiscriminately_yearning_eyes
Indiscriminately Yearning Eyes, 2012 Prismacolor Markers and Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120518193741-this_business
This Business, 2012 Prismacolor Markers & Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120518194004-sometimes_it_s_good_to_walk_your_banshee_out
Sometimes It's Good To Walk Your Banshee Out, 2012 Prismacolor Markers and Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120518194108-night-blooming_human_head_plants
Night-Blooming Human Head Plants, 2012 Prismacolor Markers and Pencil
20120518194209-the_problem_with_imaginary_friends
The Problem with Imaginary Friends, 2011 Prismacolor Markers and Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120518220100-the_wardens_of_purgatory
The Wardens of Purgatory, 2011 Prismacolor Markers and Pencil 8 1/2" X 11"
20120519095052-apprentices
Apprentices, 2011 Marker & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120519095149-this_strange_clown_inside
This Strange Clown Inside, 2011 Marker & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120519095244-what_i_d_call_a__myself_
What I'd Call a 'Myself', 2012 Marker & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120519095434-preternaturally_present
Preternaturally Present, 2011 Marker & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120519095525-henry_s_back
Henry's Back, 2011 Marker & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120519095622-big__beautiful_and_blue
Big, Beautiful & Blue, 2011 Marker & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120519095724-les_femmes_de_la_nuit
Les Femmes de la Nuit, 2011 Marker & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120519095816-make_your_mark
Make Your Mark, 2011 Marker & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120519193435-ecstasy_comes_when_the_rhymes_break_down
Ecstasy Comes When the Rhymes Break Down, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120521085905-sing_a_pretty_song
Sing a Pretty Song, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120525002619-your_curlicued_accoutrements
Your Curlicued Accoutrements, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11:
20120527103254-epiphany_hypothesis
Epiphany Hypothesis, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11: © 2012
20120527103401-some_call_it_dead
Some Call It Dead, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11:
20120527103819-red_bull
Red Bull, 2011 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11:
20120708225051-weather_isn_t_human
Weather Isn't Human, 2012 Markers and Pencil 8 1/2 X 11
20120708225906-what_my_babies_said_to_me_today
What My Babies Said To Me Today, 2012 Markers and Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708225309-this_new_timelessness
This New Timelessness, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708225424-empty_bathroom_
Empty Bathroom!, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708225544-oopsy-doopsy
Oopsy-Doopsy, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708225710-your_guests
Your Guests, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708225823-i_know_what_let_s_do
I Know What Let's Do, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708231717-bums_are_good
Bums Are Good, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708231827-it_costs
It Costs, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708231943-this_schadenfreude_taste
This Schadenfreude Taste, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708232053-each_least_fleeting_mood
Each Least Fleeting Mood, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708232204-avatars
Avatars, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20120708232318-redemption
Redemption, 2012 Markers & Pencil 8 1/2 X 11" © 2012
20160119212245-guy___donna_her_first_art_show
© Guy Kettelhack
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Amityville, NY
Birth year
1951
Lives in
New York
Works in
New York
Schools
Middlebury College, VT, USA, 1973, BA
Representing galleries
gallery new world stages - bernard stote
Tags
figurative, mixed-media, surrealism
Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT – “Act Three – Drawings & Poems”

 

As the child of two artists, I received two extraordinary gifts. One was a luck-of-the-draw DNA aptitude for drawing. But the greater gift was learning, in the demonstration of their lives, that art is essential. It is not a hobby, a minor pastime – something to do only when you’re not doing something more important. It can be the center of a life. Making it the center of my life took decades: the drawings you see here are the product of a very circuitous journey. As a kid, drawing was what got me the most attention. But writing, which by adulthood took the form of a good number of solo and collaborative nonfiction books – and music, specifically playing the violin – soon took over. For whatever reasons, art pretty much went underground from my 20s to – well, April Fools Day 2009, when, about a month short of my 58th birthday, I sat down to do the first drawing I’d done in years – aimed at accompanying one of the poems I had started writing about 12 years before. It wasn’t a big moment – just a matter-of-fact “I think I’ll do a drawing.” I’ve done one – with an accompanying poem – pretty much every day since. The drawing almost always comes first. Over the past few years, each of them has insisted on adding creatures to a menagerie of characters which is probably becoming loopier and loopier as I go on. A good friend of mine calls them supernatural. They come out of nowhere. The great adventure for me is to sit, as I do every day at about 4 p.m., in front of a blank sheet of paper without an idea in my head – let the pencil start moving. When I’m done I prop the drawing up next to my computer screen where – against all odds, as it seems to me – a poem begins to form itself – in the same strange half-conscious way. They don’t so much illustrate each other as agree to be seen with one another. But they do seem to want to share the spotlight. I don’t know what else to say about what I do – except that the experience of it, over time, has brought me to the closest understanding I’ve yet had that the essence of a good life consists in finding one’s work, and doing it. This is my work. I call this enterprise “Act Three” because I’m living my own third act, and every creature that keeps tumbling out of me wants to get on stage before the play ends. “Act Three” is dedicated to my muse, my confidante, my beloved soulmate Donna Boguslav, without whom my creative life would not, in the form it’s taken, be remotely possible.

 

[Because the poems are so integral to this Enterprise, I'd encourage you to see the verbal/visual hybrids as I intended them in my website - Act Three. Link provided above but here it is again: http://guykettelhack.blogspot.com/ ]