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Mixed Media

Vignette: Janis Kirstein

“Freedom Collage” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 24x36in, 2018, $1000

“Freedom Collage” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 24x36in, 2018, $1000

Janis Kirstein is a painter, photographer, and writer, but primarily a painter. She combines a mixture of media and collage, including acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, & Photoshop, Sumi-E Ink and Japanese Rice paper. In the work we see here, the energy is loose and spontaneous, at times nearly explosive, betraying the level of discipline required in both the composition and the technique.

“The Majestic Horse Race” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 20x32in, 2018, $750

“The Majestic Horse Race” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 20x32in, 2018, $750

“I love making collages,” states Kirstein. “Action painting has been my joy for more than 30 years and continues to this day, today, using Sumi-E ink and a Haiki brush. I add torn scraps of Japanese rice paper and combine a variety of media including paint, watercolor, graphite, ink, colored pencil - even glitter, all to capture the free flowing creative energy that surrounds me at any given moment.”

“To achieve the atmospheric abstraction seen in my work, I make use of transparent layering. My canvases and paper works range in size, the scale of my pieces ranging from my use of the Nano image to images of outer space. That means all realities are visible simultaneously, which creates a paradox or sense perceptive omnipotence within you, the perceiver; much like being able to see all dimensions of reality within one gaze.” 

Kirstein speaks of her work using cosmic nomenclature suggesting a meaningful spiritual component. Abstraction opens the mind to welcome a subjective interpretation, and it can be fascinating to imagine the range of response, yet the calculated choice made by the artist even when they are giving themselves over to the organic experience of creative expression will usually be a guide for the viewer.

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Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: Master of Fine Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1981;
Bachelor of Arts, University of Louisville, KY, 1977;
Indiana University Bloomington, 1973-75
Website: kirsteinfineart.com
Instagram: janiskirstein

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All artwork is copyright ©Janis Kirstein 2015. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material in whole or part without express and written permission from this blog’s owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Janis Kirstein and http://www.kirsteinfineart.com, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

“Moment in Time” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 20x32in, 2018, $750

“Moment in Time” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 20x32in, 2018, $750

“Jungle Heat” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 32x48in, 2017, $2000

“Jungle Heat” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 32x48in, 2017, $2000

“Frankfort Avenue” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 32x48in, 2018, $2000

“Frankfort Avenue” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 32x48in, 2018, $2000

Written by Keith Waits. Entire contents copyright © 2018 Louisville Visual Art. All rights reserved. In addition to his work at the LVA, Keith is also the Managing Editor of a website, Arts-Louisville.com, which covers local visual arts, theatre, and music in Louisville.

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Ceramics

Vignette: Gayle Cerlan

"Alice in Potterland" by Gayle Cerlan, Clay, glaze, 16.5x7x6.5in, 2018, $975

"Alice in Potterland" by Gayle Cerlan, Clay, glaze, 16.5x7x6.5in, 2018, $975

Gayle Cerlan is currently working on two different bodies of work for two different exhibits. Here we see work she will be showing in Louisville with Jacque Parsley in September 2018. 

Cerlan’s pieces are ceramic sculptures that capture an aesthetic from more than a century ago but also feel of a more recent time. “Alice in Potterland” is an obvious allusion to the Lewis Carroll classic, and could almost be an artifact from the late-Victorian period in England. Yet there is also a degree of American sensibility from 100 years later, a time when Carroll’s fantastical, hallucinatory imagery found purchase in the counter-culture. And what are we to make of the small skull tucked under the arm of this unique hare?

There is ample narrative in this body of work, and it seems likely that its full effect would be best experienced seeing them as a group, so that the characters are encountered in context and the viewer may find their own story. The bemused, slightly vacant gaze in the face of “Amelia” captures a surrealistic charm that causes us to ponder whether the flowers above her head are contained within the vase or are indeed growing directly from inside this baroque lady’s skull.

This work will be included in an exhibit at Craft(s) Gallery & Mercantile with Jacque Parsley entitled, Shared Vision. The show will run September 7 through 28 with an Artist Reception September 7, 6:00-9:00PM

"Amelia" by Gayle Cerlan, Clay, glaze, paint, found objects, 10x6x6.4,5in, 2018, $850

"Amelia" by Gayle Cerlan, Clay, glaze, paint, found objects, 10x6x6.4,5in, 2018, $850

Cerlan has been an active member of the Kentucky arts community through her involvement as the creator and director of the Cityworks exhibition (1997-1998), and as curator of the DinnerWorks exhibition (1994-1997). She has served on the boards of Louisville Visual Art and the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft and has been an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Indiana University Southeast, Bellarmine College, and the University of Louisville. She founded Cerlan Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky (1997-2007) and established a fine arts school for all ages, ArtStudio (1997-2014). Cerlan has exhibited her ceramic art nationally and internationally and has won many awards and grants. Her work can be found in numerous public collections.

Hometown: Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky
Education: BFA Louisville School of Art; MA, University of Louisville; Completed coursework at Alfred University in New York. 
Gallery Representative: Kentucky Artisan Center, Gayle Cerlan Hunt Art Studio & Classes (Lexington, Kentucky)

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"Grey Evening Gloves" by Gayle Cerlan, Clay, glaze, paint, gold leaf, 10x8x6.5in, 2018, $950

"Grey Evening Gloves" by Gayle Cerlan, Clay, glaze, paint, gold leaf, 10x8x6.5in, 2018, $950

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"Birds of A Feather" by Gayle Cerlan, Clay, glaze, glass, gold leaf, 11x5x5in, 2018, $950

"Garden of Eden" by Gayle Cerlan, Clay, glaze, paint, gold leaf, 9.5x7x5in, 2018, $900

"Garden of Eden" by Gayle Cerlan, Clay, glaze, paint, gold leaf, 9.5x7x5in, 2018, $900


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Painting

Vignette: Shae Goodlett


“Humor has always been at the forefront of my work." - Shae Goodlett

"Forever Endeavor" by Shae Goodlett, Acrylic on Wood, 4ft x 2.5ft, 2017, $300

"Forever Endeavor" by Shae Goodlett, Acrylic on Wood, 4ft x 2.5ft, 2017, $300

Shae Goodlett brings humor and a youthful, gleeful energy to his art that is infectious and bright – even when it tiptoes around darkness. He brings together pop culture and everyday life in ways that are instantly familiar and relatable, and Goodlett finds the fun in every simple detail. “Humor has always been at the forefront of my work,” he says. “Creating imagery that evokes laughter is something that I strive for, as it can serve as a means of connection between two anonymous parties: artist and viewer.”

"Brain Freeze" by Shae Goodlett, Acrylic on Wood, 4ft x 2.5ft, 2017, $250

"Brain Freeze" by Shae Goodlett, Acrylic on Wood, 4ft x 2.5ft, 2017, $250

After graduating from Bellarmine last spring with BAs in Painting and Digital Arts Technology, Goodlett is currently a first-year graduate student at the University of Louisville, enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Hite Art Institute with a concentration in Painting and Drawing. He also recently wrote and illustrated his first book for all ages, “What the Moon Saw on Halloween”. Additionally, he often draws amazing donuts.

He refers to the cartoons he grew up watching when he says he uses amusing subjects to present more serious ideas that comment on what’s being discussed around him. He filters these concepts through his personal views to comment at times on politics, religion and other weighty topics through his art.

“I feel that an artist’s work serves as a reflection of his or her soul, built by the creator’s personal past experiences,” he continues. “To be able to apply that to various current events, cultural movements, and conversations in contemporary society is essential to the work of a modern artist.”

He says there is nothing he is more passionate about than his art. He hopes he can find ways to offer new perspectives to viewers of his work. What he wants each viewer to take away, more than anything else, is “how much art-making means to me. The joy and excitement that is brought to my life through each project is something that I will forever be thankful for.”

Hometown: Crestwood, KY
Age: 23
Education: BA in Painting & BA in Digital Arts Technology, Bellarmine University (May 2017)
First year MFA candidate at the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute: Studio Art & Design. Concentration: Painting & Drawing
Website: shaedraws.com
Instagram: @shaegoodlett

The artist in his studio.

The artist in his studio.

"POP Gothic" by Shae Goodlett, Acrylic on Plywood, 4ft x 2ft, 2017, $450

"POP Gothic" by Shae Goodlett, Acrylic on Plywood, 4ft x 2ft, 2017, $450

"Untitled 2017" by Shae Goodlet, Acrylic on Plywood, 4ft x 2ft, 2017, $450

"Untitled 2017" by Shae Goodlet, Acrylic on Plywood, 4ft x 2ft, 2017, $450

"POP Gothic II" by Shae Goodlett, Acrylic on Plywood, 4ft X 2ft, 2017, $300

"POP Gothic II" by Shae Goodlett, Acrylic on Plywood, 4ft X 2ft, 2017, $300

"Take Another Little Pizza My Heart Now, Baby" by Shae Goodlett, Acrylic on Plywood, 3ft x 4.5ft, 2017 SOLD

"Take Another Little Pizza My Heart Now, Baby" by Shae Goodlett, Acrylic on Plywood, 3ft x 4.5ft, 2017 SOLD

Written by Peter Berkowitz. Entire contents copyright © 2017 Louisville Visual Art.
All rights reserved.

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Painting

Vignette: Mary Clore

A Search for Tenderness and Community

"Claire (painter)," Mary Clore, oil on panel, 5x5in, 2016, $675

"Claire (painter)," Mary Clore, oil on panel, 5x5in, 2016, $675

In an age that will forever defined by the domination of social media, painter Mary Clore supplants the “selfie” with traditional portraits painted by hand in oil.

"Hannah (poet, archaeologist)," Mary Clore, oil on p[anel, 5x5in, 2016, $675

"Hannah (poet, archaeologist)," Mary Clore, oil on p[anel, 5x5in, 2016, $675

“This series of portraits explores intimacy and human relationships,” she explains, “in contrast to the contemporary compression of images and information that occurs through technology and social media. I begin each portrait from life, intentionally selecting the subjects from my circle of friends and acquaintances. The sittings are an intimate opportunity to grow closer to an individual, and the resulting portrait offers physical proof of time spent with a person I care about. I am using a traditional medium to create an index of my relationships, mirroring the list of contacts in my phone and friends and followers I have on social media outlets.”

Clore’s work reinforces the old value of the relationship between artist and subject, and underscores that art is essential communication. If her technique is traditional, with supple and sensitive brushwork, her aesthetic is contemporary.

"Scott (musician)," Mary Clore, oil on panel, 5x7in, 2016, NFS

"Scott (musician)," Mary Clore, oil on panel, 5x7in, 2016, NFS

“My generation has received an onslaught of criticism surrounding our use of technology to build and maintain relationships. In my experience, my peers are aware of the limitations posed by these technologies and are adapting to create meaningful relationships enhanced by the technologies available to us. In the same way, my oil portraits have limitations. The paintings employ realism, but I intentionally leave some flatness and traces of brushwork. Sometimes my sitter’s personality will come through in their portrait, while some portraits remain stiff and carry less emotion. My process does not always yield the tender and personal end product that I desire. While each portrait refers to a different relationship, the series as a whole encapsulates the act of surrounding oneself with friends and forming a community. My closest friends make up a surrogate family of artists, musicians, and poets, and their creativity feeds my own. My involvement within an intimate artistic community brings joy and meaning to my work, and informs the imagery I wish to create.”

Clore was selected for this year’s Not BIG(4) Juried Show, at M.S. Rezney Studio/Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Name: Mary Clore
Age: 23
Hometown: Goshen, Kentucky
Education: BA, Art History and a BFA, 2D Studios University of Louisville, Magna cum Laude, 2016
Website: cargocollective.com/maryclore
Instagram: @maryclore.art

"Corey (psychologist)" Mary Clore, oil on panel, 5x7in, 2016, $675

"Corey (psychologist)" Mary Clore, oil on panel, 5x7in, 2016, $675

"Maddie (cartoonist, bookmaker)," Mary Clore, oil on panel, 5x5in, 2016, $675

"Maddie (cartoonist, bookmaker)," Mary Clore, oil on panel, 5x5in, 2016, $675

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Drawing

Vignette: Helen Payne


“…Our identities and trajectories are shaped by tests and how testing is a reflection of power.” — Helen Payne


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Helen Payne’s ink wash drawings occupy a fluid space between representational and non-representational, ink washes built upon a solid draughtsmenship yet rendered with great immediacy. As if each one took only minutes to complete, the artist working nimbly with her brush with an economy of effort and heightened deliberation.

The drawings are part of a series that attempts to take a fresh perspective on questions if identity and the metrics of human existence. “I work in the studio creating objects and images that help me process and understand how the world works,” explains Payne. “These days, I am thinking about ways we measure and monetize our bodies and minds. My current work, The ABCs of the Weight of Measures, is an installation about how we measure and mismeasure ourselves and how what is the messiest and intensely private is often the focus of measurement. Each letter of the alphabet is the start of an acronym for a common test of human measurement, i.e. A is for APGAR; B is for BMI, and so on. The ABC of the Weight of Measures examines how our identities and trajectories are shaped by tests and how testing is a reflection of power.”

"B is for BMI, Yr width to yr girth" by Helen Payne, 11x14in, ink on paper (2016) $150 |  BUY NOW

"B is for BMI, Yr width to yr girth" by Helen Payne, 11x14in, ink on paper (2016) $150 | BUY NOW

Although Payne does not specifically frame the work as self-portrait or autobiography, introspection feels at the root of her observations, although the academic motif enables her to expand the idea to a universal context to which anyone might be able to relate. There is neat balance of the intellectual and populism in the belief that we are only able to understand ourselves through such often arbitrary and artificial constructs. The commentary Payne seems to offering is not necessarily comforting, but it is a healthy challenge to our programmed notions of self.

Hometown: Jamestown, Rhode Island
Education: MFA Candidate at University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2019;
BA, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2000;
With additional studies at: The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK. Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO
Website: http://www.helenpayne.us

"E is for EQ, I love you" by Helen Payne, 11x14in, ink on paper (2016) $15 |  BUY NOW

"E is for EQ, I love you" by Helen Payne, 11x14in, ink on paper (2016) $15 | BUY NOW

"Title F is for FICO, but I can't pay the rent" by Helen Payne, 11x14in, ink on paper (2016) $15 |  BUY NOW

"Title F is for FICO, but I can't pay the rent" by Helen Payne, 11x14in, ink on paper (2016) $15 | BUY NOW

"A is for APGAR, You were bluish at birth" by Helen Payne, 11x14in, ink on paper (2016) $150 |  BUY NOW

"A is for APGAR, You were bluish at birth" by Helen Payne, 11x14in, ink on paper (2016) $150 | BUY NOW

"W is WAIS, Wr melting, we two" by Helen Payne, 11x14in, ink on paper (2016) $15|  BUY NOW

"W is WAIS, Wr melting, we two" by Helen Payne, 11x14in, ink on paper (2016) $15| BUY NOW

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