Monday, May 11, 2009

Katy Keefe and Chris Niver at Green Gallery West

The two person show opening Friday May 15th at The Green Gallery West will be featuring the work of Artists Katy Keefe, and Chris Niver.  The process rich work of both Keefe and Niver, explores the potential of a media, and its ability through form and abstraction to describe a place or emotion, to tell a narrative, or to translate personalities or characteristics. 

            The careful and delicate work of Chris Niver documents imagined places.  While the craft is inviting and impecable the subject matter feels ominous or anxious taking the viewer on a journey through a series of dominating unfamiliar landscapes.  I can imagine a sailor .. stitching this linen. The sailor is preoccupied… with water and death. He is all too aware of the messiness and fragility of life because he is vulnerable to the enormous power of the sea… He deals with his anxieties by slowly and painstakingly rendering them, the repetition of stitches like a chant that quiets the voices of doubt” Niver says about his own process and work.

            Katy Keefe’s new body of work Eyes to the Unknown is an investigation in translation of human subjects and personality into imagery.  The paintings/ Drawings reveal layers of enveloping flora, geometric shapes and figures reading almost as a “visual diary” creating a bending landscape that describes much more than just space.  Keefe describes the work as emitting, “profound optimism and regeneration”.  She describes her new paintings “The work in this exhibition addresses themes of love and enlightenment using individuals as the vehicles for expression”.

            The work of Katy Keefe and Chris Niver will be on display from May 15th through June 19th.  There will be an opening reception for the artists on the 15th from 8 – 11 pm at The Green Gallery West, located at 631 E. Center, Milwaukee, WI.  

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Friday, May 1, 2009

The Green Gallery East

The Green Gallery East presents:
Lovable Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children
Curated by Kristin Calabrese and Joshua Aster
Opening Reception: May 9th 4-10pm

On May 9th, 2009 Milwaukee will be given the opportunity to survey a sampling of the LA contemporary art scene. Seventy-eightpaintings, 11 x 11 inches and under, by seventy-eight different artists, will be brought from Los Angeles via bag check and carry-on by LA based artists Kristin Calabrese and Joshua Aster. The artists differ in their aesthetics, their styles, as well as, their stages of development and exposure but they will all be converging from May 9th until June 6th in Milwaukee's Green Gallery East.

Full list of artists click HERE