Julia Martin Gallery / 444 Humphreys Ave. July 1, 2017 - August 26, 2017
Brett Douglas Hunter
John Paul Kesling
Olivia Leigh Martin
The central piece to Brett Douglas Hunter’s work for this show is a truly bizarre and wonderful self portrait based on a painting his mother made of him in 1984. Brett comes from a long line of artists that have instilled a deep love of creativity and freedom in him. These recent works pull directly from those family ties.
Clint Colburn works in a variety of mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to photography and collage, sandwiching just about everything in between. His work is visceral and non-formulaic. He describes it as the harnessing, channelling and release of energy.
Georganna Greene, seeking visual and historical balance on a personal level, has created an achingly beautiful body of abstract paintings that explore energy, renewal, memory and familiarity.
John Paul Kesling works intuitively. His paintings house luscious textures built up over many chaotic layers of rich, free wheeling brush strokes. Somehow the finished product is always a cohesive wonder of otherworldly magic.
Kelly Ahrens’s drawings illustrate an alternate universe ruled by her alter ego, das Feuergod. Each drawing has been screen printed to create a graphic quality, making each piece feel like a bulletin from another dimension. “Feuergod is an inhabitant of OZIII, a world that lives on the other side of ours. Like most works that come out of OZIII, Tears Of Fire celebrates the grotesque and the negative. Where You see black, they see white.”
Kevin Reilly’s new work explores the imprints left on his psyche by a Roman-Catholic upbringing and the belief systems attached to the saints that still influence the mind of a non-practicing Catholic and self-proclaimed non-believer. As part of a larger effort to understand these ties, Reilly has created a few of his own saints.
Olivia Leigh Martin works in oil on stainless steel to explore the intersections where memory meets fantasy. Referencing old knick-knacks, family photos and the lush Louisiana landscape of her upbringing Martin’s paintings are a whirlwind of abstraction, gently tethered to reality by these talismans.
Rebecca Blevins’s ceramic sculpture work began as purely functional; cups, bowls and everyday objects. Her newest body of work is an exploration in assemblage and elevated objects. Each piece is all at once sleek, playful and elegant.