Tandem-Solo Exhibition: Dolores Kent & Al Longo
DOLORES KENT / AL LONGO
LA Artcore Brewery Annex
February 1 – 28, 2013
Reception: Sunday, February 3, 2013, 1-3 PM
LA Artcore is pleased to present the work of Dolores Kent and Al Longo at the Brewery Annex gallery from February 1st to February 28th, 2013.
LA Artcore invites you to experience a glimpse into the work of two dynamic, creative individuals who successfully combine the visual arts into their lives, both examples of human capacity for a full, multi-faceted life. These artists have found that creativity is essential to the way they engage the world and pursue their working lives.
Dolores Kent has discovered a way to maintain an art practice in addition to a background in science. Her studies with Franklyn Liegel at the Otis Institute introduced to her a lifelong ability to engage her work from different directions. She strongly relies on instinct and experimentation, and strives for abstraction, although she is quick to admit a subject is often present in her paintings. Her mixed media paintings are rich with the adventurous placement and overlapping curiosities. Beyond a thriving career as a doctor, Kent explains that she would not be complete without her artistic practice, reflecting on the way ideas, like our lives, have a way of starting simple before growing into multi-faceted, involved expressions.
Al Longo works with abstract expression to reflect his interest in the microcosmic forms of nature. In addition to the play of shapes, the arrangements of receding and floating levels, and the shaping performed on the canvas itself, Longo explains that his work is a reflection of both his visual and spiritual vision of the world. He has found his own practice to be the product of a co-mingling of a passion for architecture with his Italian heritage and the Japanese culture. His partner, Chiyomi Taneike Longo, will also be exhibiting with Artcore, during the same month, at the Union Center gallery, providing the public with a visual opportunity to imagine how two artists might relate to each other in proximity. The artist’s influences include study at the Whitney School, the Honolulu Academy of Art and the University of Hawaii.