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“Abstract in Kentucky”
October 31, 2014 @ 12:00 am - January 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
“Abstract in Kentucky” Exhibition to open at the Kaviar Gallery Friday, October 31st
Artist’s Reception during the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6-9pm
Abstract art dominated the avant-garde scene in mid-20th century America, and is often associated with being a uniquely American art form. This exhibition celebrates this history as well as Kentucky’s rich tradition of excellence in the arts. Abstraction is often absent of any realistic representation, yet achieves truth in breaking down reality to the essentials of feeling, memory, sensation, emotion, and symbolic ideas.
A whimsical crowd of onlookers rendered in abstract figuration delights the eye in Robert Halliday’s three-dimensional wall hanging, “Intermission.” An energetic, red conglomeration captivates the viewer with its lustrous surface quality in Beverly Glascock’s sculpture comprised of furniture-grade PVC. An artistic interpretation cultivated through the micro-examination of nature presents itself in the abstract, tree-based oil paintings of Claire Pope.
From the breadth of diverse local artists, the upcoming group show “Abstract in Kentucky” at Kaviar Forge & Gallery celebrates the wealth of contemporary abstract art currently being created in Kentucky. The exhibition opens October 31st, with an Artist’s Reception during the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6-9pm. This show will run until January 3rd. Over twenty artists have work appearing in the exhibition, which was open to all media.
Featuring the work of Louisville favorites Bob Lockhart, whose elegant abstract forms come to life through his carved wood sculptures mounted on stone, and Marguerite Rice, whose vibrant pastel drawings evoke feelings of ambiguous yet pleasant memories. The exhibition also includes many lesser-known artists. Luke Seward, currently completing a BFA from the University of Louisville will be showing what appears to be a hanging assemblage of wooden shapes, but also serves the utilitarian function of a chandelier. Paula Cohn utilizes mixed media such as Japanese rice paper, watercolors, and acrylic paint to achieve her ethereal composition almost suggestive of landscape. Liz Richter incorporates repeating stamps and symbols into her paintings in order to raise questions about gender and social issues, while Tonya Vance uses the medium of wet felted wool with silk to create her intriguing fiber sculptures. (For a complete list of the artists, visit craigkaviar.com). The wide range in media, technique, and underlying concepts featured in this exhibition provides a glance into the rich art scene within the great state of Kentucky.
Kaviar Gallery currently represents over one hundred artists, some of whom will provide new work for the exhibition. Located on Frankfort Ave in Clifton, the gallery is filled with various fine arts, crafts, jewelry and furniture. Owner Craig Kaviar, who is a renowned sculptor and blacksmith himself, is a proponent of Louisville arts and a fervent believer in the importance of celebrating local arts and crafts
Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday 12-6, Saturday 12-4