The Color of Drought: Paintings by Karen Kitchel

Aug 24 - Sep 29, 2018

Santa Fe

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The Color of Drought: Paintings by Karen Kitchel
August 24—September 29, 2018
Opening Reception with the artist: Friday, August 24, 2018, 5-7 pm
Q&A with the artist, moderated by Bill Gilbert: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 2 pm

Contact:               Evan Feldman, Director
Phone:                 (505) 954-5738

Hours:                   Monday—Saturday, 10-5 pm

The Gerald Peters Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition The Color of Drought: Paintings by Karen Kitchel. Kitchel, who lives in southern California, is renowned for her unique approach to the traditional landscape genre. Rather than vast, dramatic vistas, Kitchel prefers to render views of the earth around her feet, always concentrating on the subtleties of the surface and the contrast of light and shadow. Her newest works, which comprise this exhibition, are intimate paintings of enlarged specimens of the parched interior west.

Kitchel’s work incorporates abstract patterning and a photo-realist technique. Working with obsessive painterly precision, Kitchel dismisses classic landscape conventions of interpretive expression, horizon line or pastoral point of view for microviews of the natural environment.  Of the newly created paintings, the artist remarks, “In the works on view, I build layer upon layer of meditative, willful marks, slowing down the urgent complexities of drought, fire and renewal, into poetic maps of loss and hope.”

Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tucson Museum of Art wrote about Kitchel’s work in her 2013 exhibition catalog, Desert Grasslands, “Because our perceptions of nature are experienced not only visually, but physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, she [Kitchel] considers both nature and culture in her work. Thus, Kitchel’s intimate impressions of the land include rather than exclude human impact on the wilderness. She sees her work as non-fiction, yet she challenges herself to discover the meaning inherent in the landscape, not just superficial beauty.”

The exhibition will open Friday, August 24th. The following day, Saturday, August 25th at 2PM, the gallery will host a Q&A with the artist, moderated by Bill Gilbert, Lannan Chair & Distinguished Professor of Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico College Of Fine Arts.