New exhibition: April 21 – June 2, 2018
Reception: Saturday evening, April 21, 6:30 – 8:00, public invited
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:30 and by appointment
P H O T O ‘1 8
Adrien Broom, Lisa A. Frank, Carlos Gamez de Francisco and Jeffrey Sturges
Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present P H O T O ‘1 8, our annual exhibition focusing on contemporary photography.
Adrien Broom is storyteller. Rather than photographing the world as it is, the artist creates her own realm and tells the stories she imagines. Broom’s work is deeply rooted in fairy tales and mythology, her vivid childhood imaginings focused through a sophisticated adult lens. In her most recent series Broom travelled to Yorkshire’s 18th-century Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest private home in Britain. For two weeks, the artist and a small troupe of models and assistants worked in the lavish home’s labyrinthine rooms to create a series of magical images. In one, a lone woman stands in an empty room, her ethereal, glowing gown lit by 1100 LEDs that the artist sewed into the fabric. In others, fog drifts and settles indoors, conflating reality and dreams; light and atmosphere become characters as essential to the narrative as the human figure.
Broom earned a BA in Computer Animation at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, studied in Fine Arts in Italy, followed by Fine and Decorative Art History at Christie’s in London. Her work has been shown in the US, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Italy. It has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post and numerous other publications.
Lisa A. Frank’s large-scale photographs are kaleidoscopic multilayered images of nature, architecture and man-made design. Each composition’s complex patterns are composed from the artist’s deep archive of her own photographs; the images are digitally collaged and arranged in patterns that take cues from historic wallpaper designs, sometimes including elaborately constructed trompe l’oeil mouldings, wainscoting, friezes, borders, swags and other architectural detailing. Densely ornamental, the work draws upon the artist’s background as a textile designer as well as the archives of Britain’s Aesthetic Movement of the late 19th century. The ability of these patterns to endlessly tile creates the potential for multiple sized works ranging from large individual prints to full room installations.
The artist was awarded the MacDowell Colony’s Evelyn Stefansson Nef Fellow in photography. Frank was a Senior Research Fellow at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was the first artist/collaborator to be given this distinction. At the University of Wisconsin, Frank is currently part of the Discovery to Product (D2P) incubator program, through which she’s developing virtual reality content based on her two-dimensional photography. Frank has an MFA in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin and has completed extensive graduate work at Yale University, New Haven, CT and School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. The artist lives and works in Wisconsin.
For this exhibition, Carlos Gamez de Francisco presents his project The Power of the Powerless. Shot entirely in Cuba, this work is an inquiry into the problematic and subjective notion of power and the historical role of portraits in society. For centuries, portrait painting was a status symbol used by the bourgeoisie to demonstrate and preserve their image as wealthy and powerful. The models, posed in classical postures with majestic lighting and apparent sumptuous costumes, are in fact ordinary Cubans wearing everyday objects found in their homes. This series is born from the artists need to recast the people of Cuba, people who live in poverty, people with special needs, and people of diverse races and genders. The images present an uncertainty of what real power means and where it lies. Through these critical issues, often unspoken, Gamez de Francisco deconstructs the symbols of power, replacing them with hope: the hope to be, the power to succeed, and the desire to be remembered.
Carlos Gamez de Francisco was born in post-revolutionary Cuba in 1987 in a climate of art censorship and limited access to information. The artist was educated in an academic style heavily influenced by the Russian Academy. Gamez de Francisco earned degrees from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and The Jose Marti Fine Arts School, Holguin, Cuba. The Art Institute of Chicago honored Gamez de Rodriguez with an Ox Bow Merit Scholarship, a Distinguished Scholarship Grant, and a Travel Scholarship. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout Cuba and the United States. Gamez de Francisco has work in the permanent collections of 21c Museum, Louisville, KY, Metro Hall, Louisville, KY and Cuba Ocho Museum and Performing Art Center in Miami, FL. The artist lives and works in Cuba and Louisville, KY.
Jeffrey Sturges’ photographs focus attention on the singular presence of familiar objects. Sturges arranges objects such as a potted plant, venetian blinds or florescent light fixtures into formal, still life photographs with a minimalist aesthetic. Scale plays an important role in Sturges photographs, his objects are depicted life-size. This adherence to reality amplifies each object’s presence and affirms the connection we have to familiar objects in our lives. Sturges’ photographs are technically masterful, their absolute clarity bestowing a cool and rational lucidity to his work.
Sturges earned his MFA at SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY and his BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. His work has been shown widely in the US, in Switzerland and New Zealand.
Digital exhibition catalogue available online.
Please contact the gallery for images and additional information or to arrange a preview of the exhibition.
We maintain an extensive inventory in our lower-level warehouse that includes a private presentation room. We always have a wide selection of paintings, drawings, prints, monoprints and photographs to offer collectors.
In-home or in-office consultations are complimentary. Artwork may be seen on approval. Delivery and installation available.
Kenise Barnes, director: Kenise@kbfa.com
Lani Holloway, gallery manager: Lani@kbfa.com
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“Rites of Passage: Spiritual Collages” in Dobbs Ferry features artist Debra Friedkin’s narrative mixed media collages. May 13 – June 24, 2018. Free opening reception on May 13, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Donald Gallery at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Call 914-693-0473 or visit http://www.southpres.org/the-donald-gallery .
“Rites of Passage: Spiritual Collages” in Dobbs Ferry features artist Debra Friedkin’s narrative mixed media collages. May 13 – June 24, 2018. Free opening reception on May 13, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Donald Gallery at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Call 914-693-0473 or visit http://www.southpres.org/the-donald-gallery
Join The Writing Institute for a seven-day exploration into writing and painting in Cetara, an hour’s drive from Naples, on Italy’s resplendent Amalfi Coast. Daily sessions will be held in the grand Torre di Cetara with generative writing exercises led by authors Pat Dunn and Kathy Curto, as well as afternoon painting sessions with our host, Bill Papaleo. Both Kathy and Bill credit Bill’s father Joseph Papaleo, head of the Sarah Lawrence College writing program for thirty years, with their own creative passions.
There is a strong bond between the realms of writing and painting. During this special week, writers will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the senses to embolden, color, and enliven their own writing acumen. This exploration into the seaside palette and its many textures will unleash feelings and emotions sure to migrate to the pages each of us will write in this Italian coastal haven.
Soldiers’ Stories & Songs
The site will be open, regular hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, with a special ceremony at 11 AM, followed by walking tours recalling the lives and stories of soldiers interred in the historic cemetery, with an emphasis on World War I veterans. There will also be music, living history demonstrations and talks.
Lasdon Park and Arboretum is an historic setting, well-situated and with road visibility on Route 35, with easy access from Rt. 100 and exit 6 off Rt. 684.
Along with a large array of antiques, the show will feature skilled artisans who create beautiful objects in many media, including wood, basketry, jewelry, and textiles. This will add a fresh dimension to the traditional antiques show and should bring in a more diverse group of buyers. The show will be both on an open field, where you may bring your own tents, and in assigned booth spaces under a larger multi vender tent.
The very popular food truck, Fork in the Road will also be on the lawn.
This is an ideal setting in which to display your wares in a high-traffic and well-heeled area. Because of the pristine quality of the property, absolutely no pets are allowed.
FOUR!!! Heads up for our Inaugural Golf Outing on Tuesday June 5th, 2018. This wonderful day will be held at St. Andrews Golf Course in Hastings-on-Hudson. This prestigious, private golf course is the America’s oldest course (1888) and is a founding member of the USGA!
We are thrilled to announce our honoree for the evening will be Rachel Gumina – a wonderful friend to Paws Crossed AND the world of animal rescue and advocacy!
It will be a fantastically fun-filled day of lunch, shotgun start, open bar, hors d’nerves, dinner, awards, silent auctions and more… so get your foursome together now!
There is also a “Cocktail & Dinner Only” option for those of us that don’t golf!!!
AND all the proceeds will go to the comfort and care of our furries!!!
For more information on tickets and sponsorships, please visit: http://www.pawscrossedny.org/golf-outing or contact Julie at email@example.com! #LetsGolf!
*** Exact times and schedule for the day to be published soon!
CULTIVATE 2018 is the place to discover tomorrow’s masters today. The program features the World Premieres of six brand-new works created especially for Copland House’s flagship, annual emerging composers’ institute. This year’s Fellows are: Carlos Bandera, Ethan Braun, Theo Chandler, Annika Socolofsky, Phil Taylor, & Liliya Ugay.
CULTIVATE is the culmination of an intensive, week-long, all-scholarship creative workshop and mentoring program, that has become a coveted destination for America’s most gifted composers at the start of their professional careers.