For Immediate Release
Spring springs forward with springs, sprockets, and wildflowers at glave kocen!
Krista Townsend ~ Immersion
Tim Harper ~ Time Slide Down
Opening reception on the 6th from 6-8 PM
glave kocen proudly presents two premiere solo exhibits that go hand in hand to celebrate the warmth of Spring! Krista Townsend hailing from the Charlottesville area is bringing us thirty new large scale works that will envelop the gallery with the feeling of wilderness. April’s “Under the Rafters” installment has Tim Harper’s wanderlust on display with his mixed media found object and organic material wall assemblages.
Looking at Krista Townsend's work, you would be surprised to learn that she trained as a medical illustrator. It is a rigorous course of study that combines advanced biology and anatomy courses with classical studio art training. Observation, dispassion and accuracy are required.This all seems a far cry from her exuberant and free visual paeans to nature. Learning about her process and looking closer at the work, you begin to see that the connection between the two is actually quite strong.
Every day, rain or shine, Townsend hikes with her dog in the woods outside Charlottesville. She goes to the same area day after day, observing her surroundings and experiencing nature--the sights, smells, sounds, weather, etc. These repetitive excursions, which suggest a kind of meditation, ensure a deep connection to her subject matter and become the inspiration for the work she produces in the studio. "I immerse myself in the landscape. I want to capture that experience of nature and offer it to the viewer," says Townsend. She takes photos on the trail, but these function purely as compositional tools; she relies on her memory to provide the rest of the information.
"Already a keen observer, thanks to her science and art backgrounds, Townsend has augmented this skill through the repetitive regimen she follows. She's become particularly attuned to the natural world and portrays it with depth and sensitivity. Her work is not just a visual representation of nature, but an authentic account of the experience of interacting with it. This kind of attention to observation and the desire to convey a truth to the viewer is very much akin to the process and aims of medical illustration. But the way her paintings look couldn't be more different from the doctrinaire approach of those scientific renderings. With her highly keyed colors, slashing line and gestural brushstrokes, Townsend's works convey a joy, not just in nature, but in the act of painting itself--you can tell she revels in it." from an essay by Sarah Sargent
Where Krista finds her bliss roaming the woods, Tim Harper likes to hit the streets for his inspiration. “Wander and wonder,” begins Harper. “I wander places that are ignored; salvage yards and city streets. I look for things that have been forgotten, and I wonder where they've been, what life they lived before being cast aside, and what more they can give to the world. I collect discarded, obsolete materials and remake them into sculptures. Inspired by the inherent value of everyday things, I’m interested in how disparate, neglected objects can be juxtaposed and refitted together for a new purpose, unrelated to their original function. The texture and materials of each object remain independently visible, recognizable and significant, yet together they relate in a new and meaningful way.”
Tim’s inclusion of dried organic material like roses, branches and tall blades of grass connects to Krista’s work and gk predicts patrons will truly enjoy how their work relate to each other.
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