Covington Arts Unveils Latest Exhibit
Last evening, Covington Arts held an opening reception for its latest exhibit, "Figurative Folklore: curated by Selena Reder," at its gallery on West Pike Street.
The exhibit features six regional artists from Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati and continues continuing Covington Arts through March 27.
The exhibit’s narrative is how the body plays the role of storyteller in two and three dimensional works of art.
Guest curator Selena Reder, a promotions producer with Local 12 News and a freelance visual arts writer, explains, “The human figure as depicted in art is more than a study of anatomy and the play of light and dark on the flesh. Human gestures have the capacity to intrigue, unnerve and perplex."
Covington Arts’ Cate Becker previews the exhibit:
Jarrod Becker's figures are enigmatic, veiled in bold strokes and layers of under-drawing. His mixed media paintings feel deeply ritualistic, rooting his figures in American past-times and intensely personal memories. There is closeness and comradery in almost every figure and yet an isolation and deep sadness in much of their posturing.
Stephanie Cooper's wood-carved figures play out surreal human dramas in stage-like settings. An intricate system of cranks and pulleys guide the movements of her mechanical sculptures, but something else seems to compel them. As her clever titles suggest, it is the human psyche or perhaps the inner demon who really pulls the strings.
Tyler Griese composes his subjects in modern, domestic settings but there is something restless behind their painted expressions. Heightened light and shadow give the flesh around the face a tired, sinewy appearance. He twists and contorts limbs into poses derived from classical painting but there is a sense of discomfort and imbalance.
Ken Page's surreal landscapes of rural life play tricks on his befuddled characters. Set against backdrops of cartoonish blue skies, and green grass, nothing is quite as it seems. Like a Rene Magritte dream-scape his figures toil away under implausible circumstances toward inscrutable ends. Page paints outside the box, rather than confine his subjects. His canvases take the shape of the bizarre, asymmetrical world his figures reside in.
Jan and Mark Wiesner set a dramatic stage. Spritely sculptures burst forth from abstract forests. Tangled in a confluence of textures that resemble corrugated cardboard and metal clippings, the figures seem to soar or tumble, spurred by unrestrained emotions.
Reder continues, "The scenes are familiar to our collective experience, yet something is askew, enigmatic -- even farcical. The figure takes on a mythical quality, encapsulating our dreams, delusions, deceptions and higher truths."
“Figurative Folklore,” through March 27. Covington Arts, 2 W. Pike St. (at Madison), Covington. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 859-292-2322 and www.covingtonarts.com
- Staff report/Photos by RCN