Ken Kewley: One Thousand Collages, Abstraction and the Landscape-Without the Outdoors. June 16-18, 2017.

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Ken Kewley: One Thousand Collages, Abstraction and the Landscape-Without the Outdoors. June 16-18, 2017.

450.00

One Thousand Collages, Abstraction and the Landscape- Without the Outdoors

June 16-18, 2017
Friday-Sunday
9:00 am - 5 pm

An exploration of pure abstraction and abstraction in landscape through collage. We will draw and paint by means of collage. The statements, ‘You cannot make it up’ and ‘You must make it up’ are both true. We must let both guide us. What we put down on our paper are real things that we can adjust just as we move through the landscape looking for something to paint. It is this abstraction that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly or if we are working from life. We will make hundreds of abstract collages. Then we will travel back to kindergarten when we did not need to set up our easels in front of our houses in order to draw our world. Next we will move into the third dimension and make a world from corrugated cardboard. This will become our model. We will work from it, and with our rediscovered freedom, without it. All on a path away from copying and rendering towards a more exciting and ultimately a more real picture of what we find beautiful in the world.

This workshop is all about composition and design. About adjusting shapes. And it's all about painting. Even if it is through collage. Collage is a fast way to paint. Nothing to do with weird juxtaposition of unlike things, what some might think of when they think collage. It is straight forward painting, but with dry paint. We do a lot in three days as a result. It's also all about color. Adjusting color shapes. But we don't separate these things; composition/design, color or subject matter. We are saying landscape, and we will make landscapes, but everything we do applies equally to the figure, still life or pure abstraction. Even the cardboard sculpture has everything to do with painting. As Matisse said, once he did sculpture he could no longer make a flat painting. 

It's all about painting

Biography:

Ken Kewley was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1953. He graduated from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In New York City, he was a night watchman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1980-1990. He started working with collage in 1993 and continues to work with paint and collage, and recently with painted corrugated cardboard.

Kewley has had recent exhibitions at Hendrix College in Arkansas, Washington Studio School in Washington, D.C., and at Rothschild Fine Art in Tel Aviv. He teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has been a visiting artist in places from the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, to the Jerusalem Studio School and its Italian Summer Program.

Artist's Statement
I make some shapes either in two or three dimensions and then adjust them until together they excite. There seems to be no end to the ways things can be adjusted: in shape, size, color, value, and texture, and/or turned around or turned over.

"I find that whatever is true, most times, the opposite is also true. This makes things easy and it make things hard. At least enough to fill a lifetime."

 

 

Pay in Full

Please fill out the registration form and submit and then pay deposit online or mail a check to Blue Collar Inc, 521 Heather Place, Nashville, TN. 37204. Please email any questions to Jeanie at warehouse521@gmail.com.

I tend to like paintings where the abstraction is strong. By this I mean that the paint, the colors and shapes, are distinct, like strong actors in a play. Going towards abstraction does not mean going away from representation. It is more like describing something real my other means than illustration.
— Ken Kewley

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