20 Artists, April 2009
Opening April 10, 5-8 pm
Karin Olah, Austin Schuez, Joshua Flint, Kevin LePrince, Fred Jamar, Gary Grier, Adam Hall, Kerry Brooks, Megan Aline, Jeff Lange, John Duckworth, Nathan Durfee …
Every art show has a mood, an atmosphere that hits you as soon as you walk into
Twenty contemporary artists come together to exhibit, Yellow vs Blue, featuring over fifty art works of all mediums by various artists in the Southeast and beyond. The exhibition will hang through April 2009, and a festive reception, featuring live music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres, is open to the public on the SECOND Friday of April, April 10 from 6:00-9:00 PM.
Yellow vs Blue unfolds with a general theme: Twenty artists tackle two colors. At Robert Lange Studios’ 151 East Bay location, artists will present two works of the same size, one which is dominated by yellow and one which is dominated by blue, not medium specific. Visitors will encounter images, objects, and ideas from living artists that are progressing the Charleston contemporary art scene.
Karin Olah of Eva Carter Gallery creates abstract colleges by mixing and layering vibrant fabrics of yellow and blue. Patrick Pelletier of John Dunnan Galleries, uses acrylic washes to build energetic abstractions, and for this show created two such blurred works, giving them a new artistic spin with muted shades of yellow and dark blue.
Yellow vs Blue is fun, engaging, and fresh, immersing visitors with some of the best modern and experimental art in Charleston including the works of Austin Schuez, who paints conceptual puzzle-like imagery that leaves the viewer to deconstruct all surfaces of the piece and then visually put it back together.
Familiar to RLS, painter Amy Lind creates realistic figurative works with a commitment to the academic tradition, which is evident in her constant attention to light and form. Jessica Dunegan creates hanging chandelier paintings by pouring layer upon layer of resin and paint. The transparent layers of resin encapsulate the opaque layers of paint, allowing the structure of the chandelier and the radiation of light around its core to float in space.
A Charleston favorite, Fred Jamar of Charles II Fine Art, loosely interprets local architecture in a whimsical nature. Jamar will have two sets of triptych paintings inspired by a yellow and a blue Charleston row house. Photographer John Duckworth, a nonconformist of classical photography, takes American cityscapes and experimenting with blurred lines and slight exaggerations of color, creates abstract imagery. Additional contemporary talent will be presented, including visiting artists Adam Hall of Nashville, Charles Williams from Tampa, Joshua Flint from Portland, OR, and many others.
“Every year we have a group show including artists from outside of our gallery and every year it’s one of the most fun nights I experience in Charleston,” says gallery owner Robert Lange. “The owners of the participating galleries and visiting artists have been influential in creating a much more diverse landscape for both artists and also enthusiasts to enjoy.”
Complete artist list includes Karin Olah of Eva Carter Gallery, Austin Schuez, Joshua Flint, Kevin LePrince of Well’s Gallery, Fred Jamar of Charles II Fine Art, Gary Grier of Carolina Galleries, Adam Hall, Kerry Brooks, Megan Aline, Jeff Lange, John Duckworth, Nathan Durfee, Robert Lange, Amy Lind and Jessica Dunegan of Robert Lange Studios, Patrick Pelletier of John Dunnan Galleries, Kenton James, Charles Williams, Michael Porten, John Westmark and Michael Brown.
Post & Courier Preview
Yellow vs. Blue – 20 artists work with 2 colors for Robert Lange Studios exhibit
By Olivia Pool
Thursday, April 9, 2009
In the left corner, we have the vivacious, the summer hero, the blindingly happy … Yellow!
And his opponent, in the right corner, we have the sultry, moody owner of oceans and skies … Blue!
I’m sure Robert Lange Studios would announce its newest group show, “Yellow vs. Blue: 20 Artists and 2 Colors,” in a more professional and appropriate manner, but you have to admit that the idea of Yellow and Blue duking it out is rather entertaining. It actually sounds like a Nathan Durfee painting …
Gallery director Megan Lange explains, “Yellow vs. Blue unfolds with a general theme: 20 artists tackle two colors.
At Robert Lange Studios’ 151 East Bay location, artists will present two works of the same size, one which is dominated by yellow and one which is dominated by blue, not medium specific.”
“Yellow vs Blue” is fun, engaging and fresh, immersing visitors with some of the best modern and experimental art in Charleston and beyond.
It includes new works by Karin Olah of Eva Carter Gallery; Austin Schuez, Joshua Flint, Kevin Le-Prince of Well’s Gallery; Fred Jamar of Charles II Fine Art; Gary Grier of Carolina Galleries; Adam Hall, Kerry Brooks, Megan Aline, Jeff Lange, John Duckworth, Nathan Durfee, Robert Lange, Amy Lind and Jessica Dunegan of Robert Lange Studios; Patrick Pelletier of John Dunnan Galleries; and Kenton James, Charles Williams, Michael Porten, and Michael Brown.
A new artist on the Charleston scene, Kenton James, started painting five years ago. Robert Lange Studios chose to use James’ “While We’re Young” set of paintings to define the show.
“It’s very ‘Yellow vs. Blue,’ ” says Megan Lange.
And James is overjoyed to be involved in a show at Robert Lange Studios, which he refers to as the “pinnacle of Charleston galleries.”
There will be a solo show of James’ work at the new Cork Bistro, which will be opening in Park Circle soon.
Local artist Karin Olah also was very excited to be asked to be included in one of the gallery’s group shows, especially since she’s been using a palette of blues and yellows lately.
Olah has recently been “studying the sky for inspiration,” she said, and has been using “yellows like those in the marsh or sand” to complement the blues.
Look for her pieces called “Cloud Bubble” (big circles of blue with some horizontal lines) and “Partly Sunny” (a mixture of yellow, white, neutral shades and circles).
Long-time favorite on the Charleston art scene is Fred Jamar, who jokingly said, “I have a yellow fever and see life in blue.”
He has painted two triptychs (3 panels dedicated to blue, and 3 to yellow) of Charleston street scenes for the show. The yellow series is of King Street and is called “Yellow King” and the other is of Queen Street and is titled “Blue Queen,” of course incorporating Jamar’s trademark Prussian blues into the mix.
Jamar said, ” I thought it was fun to concentrate on yellows and blues.
I paint Charleston all the time and it’s nice to have some fresh inspiration, even with the same subject matter.”
He also noted that he enjoys the extra challenge of having some guidelines set for all the participants.
Artists, art lovers, and gallery owner Robert Lange all seem very excited about this group show.
“Every year, we have a group show including artists from outside of our gallery, and every year, it’s one of the most fun nights I experience in Charleston,” says Lange.
“Yellow vs. Blue” is going to be a match you don’t want to miss 6-9 p.m. Friday at the gallery at 151 East Bay Street.
Visit www.robertlange studios.com for a sneak peak at the works or call 805-8052 for more information.
City Paper Review
Everything in its right place at Yellow Versus Blue
Yellow Versus Blue
On view through April 30
Robert Lange Studios
151 East Bay St.
Every art show has a mood, an atmosphere that hits you as soon as you walk into the gallery. Robert Lange Studios’ latest group show, Yellow Versus Blue, is full of sunshine and optimism. Even the darkest, bluest clouds in these paintings have silver linings. With 20 artists appealing to a wide range of tastes, the exhibition provides an illuminating look at our local art market.
Some of the artists are talented up-and-comers from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Others are hard-working veterans, putting in 15-hour days in their studios. Whatever the breadth of their experience, all the participants have produced high-quality material, steadily inspiring each other to create more detailed, refined pieces. As gallery owner Robert Lange puts it, no matter what theme he gives them, they always deliver.
This year’s topic is broad but simple. The artists have been asked to make two same-sized pieces, one with a yellow color scheme and another that’s predominantly blue. Some of the resulting references are subtle, as in John Duckworth’s photographs. He emphasizes the dark walls of a building in “Rise” and the yellowness of artificial lights in “Chicago Morning.” They’re both out-of-focus urban scenes, best viewed from a distance. They’re the latest in a lengthy series of indistinct shots, part abstract vision, part vacationer’s mistake. Duckworth uses size (a 20″ x 30″ canvas) and splashes of light to find extraordinary beauty in his ordinary surroundings, all seen through a myopic haze.
John Westmark also takes an understated route with his illustrative “Blue Anti-Belle” and “Yellow Anti-Belle.” He uses acrylic and paper sewing patterns on linen to build up towering, spiraling feminine shapes. His colors are pale, accentuated by darker backgrounds of blue and red respectively. Strips of paper flow like moving limbs, and the blend of paint and patterns is seamless.
Lange is expert at making his oil paintings seem to flow from one side of the canvas to the other. He demonstrates this in “Satin Swell,” a smooth study in yellow with a wee goldfish suspended from the upper left hand side.
Like Lange, Charles Williams is confident about his work. His “Shades of Silence” marshscapes are hyper-realistic, but he reminds us that they are oil paintings by allowing his paint to dribble off the lower end of the canvas. A cocky comment on his skill or an acknowledgement of our polluted waterways? It’s up to the viewer to decide.
Unlike Howard, none of this show’s participants overreach. They stick to what they do best. The prolific Fred Jamar provides more evocative street scenes for “Yellow King” and “Blue Queen,” both triptychs. Adam Hall has created two moody oil paintings, “Rwanda Skies I & II,” set in a gallery corner like storm-browed children. Michael Brown’s “Squidly” and “Sea Monkey” feature alien octopi living in lava lamps, surrounded by psychedelic amoeba. Liquid glass is an extremely difficult artform to master, but Brown has done it.
Surprisingly, nothing seems out of place amidst the trippy acrylics, solid oils, fabric collages and abstract images on display. The regulated color scheme helps. Even more surprisingly, the most traditional paintings are also the most memorable: Kerry Brooks’ cinematic close-ups, Amy Lind’s portraits, and Joshua Flint’s Grand Central Station scenes are full of life and feeling.
Brimming with vigor and confidence, this show has deservedly become RLS’ most popular group show so far. A sequel is in the planning stages. Is anyone up for Brown Versus Pink?