FOOL ME ONCE

25 Artists, June 2018


June 1, 6-8pm


Artist(s):

David Brega, Joshua Suda, Patrick Kramer, Erik Johnson, George Ayers, Anne Marie Kornachuk, Sharon Moody, Marina Dieul, Jay Davenport, Dennis Crayon, Jacob Pfeiffer, Natalie Featherston, Ted Polomis, Joel Carson Jones, Phil Kidd, Ben Cowan, Michael Fitts, David Furman, Anthony Mastromatteo, Susan Harrell, Patrick Nevins, Mia Bergeron, and Robert Lange

About the Exhibit

The audience here in Charleston and I think online in general has a desire for diversity, so group shows are...

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Fool Me Once

Contemporary Trompe l’oiel Paintings

June 1 – June 22, 2018

Opening Reception: June 1, 6:00-8:00 PM (free to the public)

 

 

This June Robert Lange Studios (RLS) in Charleston, SC will celebrate 20 artists from around the globe and their desire to fool the viewer using the age-old painting technique of trompe l’oiel. Each artist will create multiple works exemplifying their specific style, genre and subject matter. The exhibition will hang through most of the month of June. A reception, featuring music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will take place on June 1 from 6-8PM and is open to the public.

 

These annual themed group shows at Robert Lange Studios have been developed to connect artists from the Charleston area with not only collectors but also other painters practicing in their field.  Artists will present their best work in Robert Lange Studios’ 2 Queen Street gallery space. Included in the show are artists Joshua Suda, Patrick Kramer, Erik Johnson, George Ayers, Anne Marie Kornachuk, Sharon Moody, Marina Dieul, Jay Davenport, Dennis Crayon, Jacob Pfeiffer, Natalie Featherston, Ted Polomis, Joel Carson Jones, Phil Kidd, Ben Cowan, Michael Fitts, David Furman, Anthony Mastromatteo, Susan Harrell, Patrick Nevins, Mia Bergeron, and Robert Lange.

Gallery owner and artist, Robert Lange says of this new body of work, “Years ago I remember hearing a story about one artist painting a fly on top of another artist’s painting to see if he could fool him. Ever since then I’ve had a fascination with how trompe l’oiel forces the viewer to smile and question what their own eyes are seeing.”

 

One such trompe l’oiel artist that was invited to the show is Patrick Kramer, who recently began to extensively incorporate elements of trompe l’oiel into many of his hyperrealist works. Each subject is very personal for the artist in both selection and execution. He says, “Being a perfectionist, I have always been considering art as an outlet for my slightly obsessive personality. I studied painting in college, and experimented with hyper realism as a way of perfecting my craft. I never intended to pursue the style, but found it hard to give up, as it suited my nature.”

 

After the success of numerous group exhibits, Lange says, “The audience here in Charleston and I think online in general has a desire for diversity, so group shows are a great way to give audiences a well edited, yet varied group of paintings.“

 

Artists like George Ayers, who created a perfect to life replica of bananas hanging in a framed box was inspired by the show’s concept to create something unique. He said, “Although I’ve only recently begun to dabble with tromp l’oeil, I’m already planning more work for the future. For me, it is a great excuse to inject a bit of humor in a composition that I may not have otherwise.”

 

Ayers has participated in a number of group shows at RLS and says of this one, “Being included in a show among so many great artists can be intimidating to some degree. On the upside, I find it inspiring and motivating to dig a bit deeper and create something special.”

 

Anne Marie Kornahuck, recently named one of the top 16 female contemporary artists by American Art Collector, is best known for painting realist figures flowing in fabric. She created her first truly trompe l’oiel piece for this exhibit. She says, "I’m inspired by the flow and folds of fabric – the way the light moves over the surface - it was a natural step for me to make these fabric pieces appear event more three dimensional."

 

Artists participating include: David Brega, Joshua Suda, Patrick Kramer, Erik Johnson, George Ayers, Anne Marie Kornachuk, Sharon Moody, Marina Dieul, Jay Davenport, Dennis Crayon, Jacob Pfeiffer, Natalie Featherston, Ted Polomis, Joel Carson Jones, Phil Kidd, Ben Cowan, Michael Fitts, David Furman, Anthony Mastromatteo, Susan Harrell, Patrick Nevins, Mia Bergeron, and Robert Lange

Exhibit Images


Opening Night

ROBERT LANGE STUDIOS

TWO QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON

Robert Lange Studios