Myers, Kincaide, September 2016
September 9, 5-8pm
Titled Regeneration, this show marks the first time the pair will display their work together. Both artists paint captivating and distinctive female figures mixed with pattern and strong shadows. Myers focusing on extreme realist detail and Kincaide using liberal, more abstract feeling, brush strokes....
Opening September 9 and on view daily until the 25th, Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina, will hold a two-artist exhibit for Karen Ann Myers and Anna Kincaide. Titled Regeneration, this show marks the first time the pair will display their work together. Both artists paint captivating and distinctive female figures mixed with pattern and strong shadows. Myers focusing on extreme realist detail and Kincaide using liberal, more abstract feeling, brush strokes.
Kincaide says about the work,
About working with Karen:
When I was approached by Robert Lange Studios about exhibiting my work with Karen, I was beyond thrilled and flattered to show with such a strong female talent.
Karen's ability to combine soft, feminine figures with bold color, pattern and design is thrilling. I am inspired by her capacity to create such large, dynamic compositions while still maintaining a strong sense of balance and narrative in her paintings. I too am drawn to similar elements and will continue to be captivated by Karen's intricate and complex pieces as my own work continues to grow.
About my new direction:
Over the last year, I have been driving my paintings in an innovative new direction that is really beginning to show who I want to become as an artist. After months of research and experimentation, I have found myself drawn to the age-old idea of portraiture, but with a twist: I am still intrigued by the idea of omitting the eyes in my paintings, something I started in my early work and have continued to carry with me as I evolve. I love the anonymity this creates for the viewer and the subject alike. My strongest inspirations are fashion and design, so I dove into the idea of creating portraits of stylized women disguised by avant-garde, floral-inspired hats. The new pieces allow me to convey color, texture, design and abstraction with a freedom I have never known until now. I have fallen in love with the expression, mystery and disguise the hat pieces create. Costume has the ability be empowering and beautiful, allowing us to become someone new.
While still navigating this new direction, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study with Milt Kobayashi for two weeks over the Spring. He is an incredible painter and inspiring teacher and mentor. It was a pivotal time for me, and I came back from my workshop hungry to implement all I had learned. I admit this was challenging at first but working with Milt helped me learn to trust my instincts and push my technique and subject-matter further. I am finally finding my stride and the new pieces feel more intricate and full of life than ever. The nature of fashion is all about change and experimentation and I am thrilled to see where this will take me.
About most recent piece:
This most recent piece entitled "Read My Mind" was one I particularly enjoyed painting. I have surrounded myself at my studio with flowers for inspiration. Hundreds of them. I arrange them depending on what grabs my interest and I tend to be drawn to warm, bold colors so I wanted to try something cooler and I'm loving these blue tones right now. I particularly am engaged by the pose. The woman's body language seems enticing, almost playful. Body language becomes very important in my work because I don't rely on facial expression to convey emotion like most figurative artists do. Instead I rely on gesture, clothing, and color. It can be tricky but I think it's successful in this piece. The title, "Read My Mind" is also intriguing. I like to try to match titles with poses. What I think the person might be saying or thinking based on the composition. But omitting the eyes still leaves it all up to interpretation. People will leave the piece with different ideas and feelings and I like having that kind of flexibility in my work.
Myers says about the work,
About working with Anna:
I'm thrilled to exhibit with another painter who appreciates the female figure, bold colors and patterns! We both approach painting with a design sensibility, are interested in a pattern's ability to flatten space, and the mysterious narratives that can be created when the figure is seemingly void of a common expression. Anna tackles her subjects with an abstracted application of paint, while my approach more closely resembles the way we encounter the world. I believe the variation and juxtaposition of styles will be stimulating to visitors of the show.
Direction of the new work:
The work is about visual excitement. I am interested in frustrating my audience; the viewer wants to look at the irresistible woman on the bed, yet he/she is conflicted because of the equally mesmerizing textiles that surround. I am attracted to the vulnerability and power attached to beauty. They possess the same physical allure for me. My paintings react with a sometimes uneasy balance of embrace and rejection. In this respect, the pictures can simultaneously appear to glamorize and critique luxurious textiles that must be procured at a home décor boutique, or a popular magazine’s idea of beauty.
I’ve begun a new series of paintings based on my garden. For over a decade I’ve devoted a lot of time to growing and maintaining succulents. I’ve never made a painting of them because I didn’t want to become a person who paints “plants and flowers”. It’s always been a separate passion, yet in reality it’s motivated by similar attractions. I’ve come to think of the succulents as something more than a hobby. I carefully curate each arrangement and spend a lot of time propagating new plants. Their voluptuous leaves, exotic shapes and repetition share similar qualities found in my figurative work. The plant paintings in the exhibition will be small, but in the future, I intend to incorporate clusters of succulents into the figurative work. For now, they remain separate.
One collector’s comment in anticipation for the upcoming show is, “I have been watching Karen for a number of years and as she makes fewer works they have become more and more interactive and detailed.” Quinn Weinreich from Charleston, SC said. “I am less familiar with Kincaide’s work but am eager to see more from this young talent."