Caroline Kent: Joyful is the Dark

Caroline Kent: Joyful is the Dark

Caroline Kent presents new large scale abstract paintings at Public Functionary.Event Website

Jun 25th - Jul 23rd, 2016
Sat Jun 25th, 2016 7PM - 12AM CST
Public Functionary
1400 12th Ave NE
Minneapolis ( map )

Joyful is the Dark will feature a selection of large scale paintings, works on paper and text based works that explore painting as site.

In 2014, Kent returned to abstract painting after a 3 year hiatus, during which she pursued subjects of representation, narrative, occupation and presence through mediums such as sculpture, video and drawing. With a renewed interest in abstraction, Kent began making works that function as studies in an effort to define a painting language. This on-going collection, now consisting of 80+ works on paper, serves as a catalog that other works can be produced from.

One body of work that comes directly from the catalog are her most current large scale paintings that measure around 6’ x 9’. These paintings are not only a translation traversing a shift in scale but also in form. Starting from an all black ground the paintings emerge out of a flatness of cosmic space and altered dimensions, inhabited by an array of illuminated shapes, motifs, and patterns. Pithy unrehearsed marks intersperse with stenciled forms that lose their clean registration throughout, producing an unrehearsed affect of slippages.

Joyful is the Dark also includes works that reflect Kent’s investment in language. The literary as well as film subtitles and closed captioning appear throughout her work. Appearing in the exhibition is a vitrine, which displays a series of abstract paintings on paper with textual commentary accompanying. Dry, wry, and coy quotations provoke the viewer to connect word to image, but Kent’s objective is rather to consider alternate potentials in the relationship between the two.

In conjunction with the exhibition is an essay by Christina Schmid titled Close Encounters the Dark, a self published text available to the public in the gallery.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesdays Noon to 4 p.m.
Fridays Noon to 7 p.m.
Saturdays Noon to 4 p.m.
Or by appointment

Image: Omni Acrylic on Paper 22" x 30" 2014

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