MARCH 16 - APRIL 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 16, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Pentimenti Gallery welcomes the spring season with a solo exhibition by KEVIN FINKLEA.
For "Spring 019", Kevin Finklea presents a series of brilliantly painted wooden objects. At their core, these works appear as a counteraction to our fast-paced and often anxiety-ridden contemporary culture. Uniquely, each piece is created with exceptional attention to detail.
Carefully selected lumber, deliberately constructed forms and masterful application of rare pigments are at the forefront of this transcendent work. Finklea’s exploration of translucency and opacity paired with his juxtaposition of subtle color value variations and tonal interactions lead to work that appears to shift with the light and angle of viewing. Each piece invites viewers to spend time with the work, challenging them to contemplate the personal experience of viewing art, and rewarding those who approach the work with thoughtful consideration.
Finklea says of this series of work, “Recently, I’ve been thinking about the notion of constants. There aren’t any for most of us in daily living, with life becoming an endless 24 hour stream of distractions and anxieties. Thankfully it's different for most artists, as there are processes, forms and motifs that reoccur in our work. In my case it’s quite simple. I don’t make pictures. I make things.
In the Project Room, 'Lost and Found' refers to a work on paper made for me by my instructor and colleague Bligé Friedlaender (b 1934, d 2000). After graduating, I worked as her assistant for over a decade. One of the issues we frequently discussed was loosing the thread of one's work. Equally, we exchanged views upon the importance of the process of restoring that thread in one's work. 'Lost and Found' is dedicated to Bilgé's memory.”
Kevin Finklea received his BA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. His work as been exhibited nationally and internationally at museums and institutions: Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany; Saarländishes Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken, Germany; KNO Lab.Space, Kiev, Ukraine; Ely House of Contemporary Art, North Haven, CT; Faux Mouvement Center d'Art Contemporain, Metz, France; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Neue Kunstmuseum Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg, Germany; Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen, Germany; Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ; Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; 37PK Platform for the Arts, Haarlem, Holland; 2nd Biennial of Non-Objective Art, Pont de Claix, France; Paris Concret, Paris, France; Künstlerhaus Dosenfabrik, Hamburg, Germany; among others. His works are found in private and in selected public collections: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Bridgepoint Capital Limited, London, England; Wilmington Trust Fund, New York.
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