Why do we return to a place? Memory? Connection? A sense of belonging? Perhaps a little of all three. I return to this iron gate. This special place in Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland is the home of John Leahy. Situated high above the wild Atlantic ocean, the Leahy family have tended the farm and animals here for generations. This iron gate was first shown to me by Eoin Leahy, age 10 as he was giving me a tour of his backyard play-work ground. It is a quiet, wind blown place where the astounding views bring my mind to unexpected places, but it also takes me to places that I already know.
“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.”
~Vincent Van Gogh
(photo courtesy of Allison Rose Photography)
“People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in the ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.”
“because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars...”
~Jack Kerouac, On the Road
“but this body
is home, my childhood
is buried here, my sleep
rises and sets inside,
crested and wore itself thin
between these bones –
I live here."
“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living”
(From the Emergence Series with model Irina Gdecko)
Why do we as artists submit to gallery exhibitions? There is not one definitive answer but this Juror's Statement by Karina Kelley and Bill Stelling, Kelley Stelling Contemporary sure does come close!
“YOU ONLY NEED TO CONVINCE SEVEN PEOPLE THAT YOUR WORK IS WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON: FOUR COLLECTORS, ONE ART DEALER, AND TWO CRITICS. JUST SEVEN!”
~ JERRY SALTZ
If you’re in this show, you’re ahead of the game: you’ve convinced two art dealers.
What do you see when you close your eyes? As gallerists, our visual world is saturated with images, the work of hundreds (possibly thousands) of artists, each perceiving the world in a unique way. We receive this information by directly viewing it, seeing an image on social media, and more rarely these days, in a book or magazine.
For this show, we looked at over 500 images, and selected around 40. After that, we closed our eyes. We couldn’t look anymore. If we missed your latent genius, accept our apologies. Like a job interview, we made up our minds about you after 3 seconds. This is why artists hate gallerists. On the flip side, gallerists are incredibly brave people. We remain eternal optimists, viscerally recognizing genius, and hoping others will get it too.
Our take on this show is that all art is ultimately introspective, with the goal of expressing the artist's vision to its intended (and sometimes unintended) audience. Whether this produces art that is political like John Buron’s video “Toothpaste Americano”, or something more ethereal and contemplative like Laura Radwell’s “Umbra”, does not negate the relevance of either. We chose work that is diverse, sometimes inscrutable, and speaks to the viewer in fresh, challenging ways.
Thanks to Fountain Street Gallery for giving us the opportunity to meet you through your work.
~Karina & Bill, October 31, 2018
I am honored that my black and white photograph, "For Reasons I Cannot Explain" from the Ireland series is part of this special Boston exhibition! Please mark your calendars for this special event.
11:11–The Depth of Perception, Juried Group Show
Jurors: Karina Kelley and Bill Stelling, Kelley Stelling Contemporary
Fountain Street Gallery
Dates: January 2, 2018 – January 27, 2019
SoWa First Friday reception: Friday, January 4, 2019 from 6-8PM
Installing one of three solo shows for the winter season, each exhibition is dramatically different in style and mood. On this wintery-mix day it is good to see the colorful and whimsical body of work, "The Cellist . . ." featuring the talented Morgan Santos have a new home in Tamworth, New Hampshire at The Cook Memorial Library gallery space.
Exhibition Dates: November 16, 2018-January 31, 2019
Artist Reception: TBA
Stay tuned for details on the other 2 solo shows:
"Passage . . ." solo show
460 Harrison Ave
Dates: January 1-27, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, January 4, 2019 5-8 pm
Closing Reception: January 27, 2019, 3-5 pm
Artist Talk Galatea | Boston Sculpture Gallery for David A. Lang Exhibition
AS220 Main Gallery
115 Empire Street
Providence, Rhode Island
Dates: January 12-26, 2019
Opening reception: January 12, 5-7pm