A Whiter Shade of Pale
Press Release (5/27/13) KENISE BARNES FINE ART
1947 Palmer Avenue
JUNE 8 – JULY 20, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 6 – 8:30 PM
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Mary Ellen Bartley, Charles Clary, Lori Field, Joanne Mattera and Lalani Nan
Kenise Barnes Fine Art will open a new exhibition of art work in various media executed in a narrow range of pale colors, predominately whites, grays and silvers. Pure, quiet, peaceful and beautiful; the exhibition in this reductive palette is a joy to encounter. The pieces in this show range from photography to elegant paintings made with reflective micaceous pigment and delicate silver point drawings. The works represent the best of what Kenise Barnes Fine Art has built a reputation on for almost two decades.
Mary Ellen Bartley’s contribution to the exhibition is a series of photographs, actually, re-photographs. The artist is re-photographing images that she has taken on her daily walks on the beach. The new photographs record shadows, folds and sunlight, for example, transforming the original compositions. The essence of each photograph is altered by elements of chance and the passage of light and time. The results are more akin to still lifes than to landscape photography. The almost monochromatic color photographs are abstract minimalist works that are at once vast and intimate.
Charles Clary cuts and layers paper to create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into a fabricated reality. Towers of shaped paper and color jut into the viewer’s space inviting playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world. Clary’s artwork resembles intriguing land formations and mimics viral colonies and concentric sound waves. These constructions transform more series subjects into something beautiful, whimsical and inviting. Clary has just installed a major permanent installation in the Music City Center in Nashville. He lives and works in Tennessee.
Lori Field’s exquisitely odd and obsessive drawings straddle a border between reality and dream, past life and present. The drawings are made with the ancient silverpoint process, just one of the artist’s arcane methods of working. The artist creates human/animal hybrids that retain the physical characteristics of both. The external traits of the animal/human figures suggest internal traits. Animals lack self-consciousness or artifice, so the animal-like figures provide a means for emotive personification, characterizing or exhibiting human motives and foibles. The paintings and drawings are deliberately intimate, while containing fetishistic figures that are emotionally confrontational and exaggerated in their 'otherness'. Field’s studio is in Brooklyn, NY.
With this show, Joanne Mattera debuts two paintings from her new Diamond
Life Series. Mattera’s new paintings are grids of elongated diamonds within a diamond-shaped field made with seductive light reflecting and micaceous and encaustic pigments. Light hits the diagonal grain differently and the color appears deeper and more luminous. Formally, the en pointe shape asserts itself, pushing vigorously outward while remaining resolutely poised. The paintings literally shimmer and float. Mattera is a prolific art writer, blogger and is very well known for her expertise in the medium of encaustic paint.
Taiwanese artist Lalani Nan’s paintings reflect the passion that she has for fabrics and their topographies. With each work, the artist creates a new visual experience and quiet meditative presence. These white and light grey paintings in A Whiter Shade of Pale are mysterious and tactile. The canvases are elegant references to bedding and table linens with all of their sensual implications. The artist has just re-located from Chattanooga, TN to Woodstock, NY.
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5:30 and evenings by appointment.
The gallery will be closed July 2 – 6.
Please contact Kenise Barnes, director (Kenise@KBFA.com) or
Leanne Bruno, gallery manager (Leanne@KBFA.com) for further information, images of artwork, or to arrange a pre-view of the exhibition.
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION:
1947 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, New York 10538
TEL.: 914 834 8077 WEB: KBFA.com or KeniseBarnesFineArt.com
Gallery II/Project Room and Presentation Space
The second exhibition space at Kenise Barnes Fine Art’s new location highlights the more than forty contemporary artists that we represent. The works will be presented salon style and we will continue to program Gallery II as a fluid, and dynamic showcase of new work and fresh inventory throughout the year.
Additional space in our project room is reserved for framed works on paper and the flat files that house hundreds of unframed works on paper. We will continue to have a wide selection of unframed drawings, prints, mono-prints and photographs to offer collectors.
In addition to these greatly expanded exhibition spaces, we now have extensive lower level inventory warehouse that will include a private presentation room.
In-home/office consultations are complimentary.