June 25-August 3, 2014
In recent years, the term Flow Painting has come to denote the work of a highly variegated group of process painters who balance action and restraint, intuition and conscious intent. Pulling from traditions of abstract "pour painting" that trace back to Helen Frankenthaler, such artists typically employ thinned paint, and they allow it to do what paint does naturally, which is to puddle, coalesce and break apart – just as earth and water do in temblors, volcanoes, ice flows and floods.
In this realm, Shirley Hazlett has made significant strides since earning an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in 2011.
Call and Response has a dual meaning in relation to my exhibition this summer at the Kenneth B Gallery. Quite literally, I use a call and response process in creating paintings. I start with a feeling or concept - often a search for calmness in a chaotic world - then set parameters, such as size of canvas, media and palette, and finally begin to paint. While painting, I am responding to the images on the canvas and am very much engaged in an ongoing visual conversation until the work is completed. The second meaning, again quite literal, is that I lived in Lane County for several years and attended the University of Oregon, where I completed a PhD. When I received the call to show paintings at Kenneth B, I joyfully responded with a resounding yes. It is a pleasure to be returning to and showing art in Oregon!
ARTIST'S RECEPTION AND GRAND OPENING OF KB GALLERY, SATURDAY, June 28th, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Meet the artist at the Grand Opening event, featuring a live jazz performance by the talented trio Florence Jazz Syndicate.
Artist's reception Photos