Emory interviews alum Yu-Kai Lin 01C of Kai Lin Art

CENTER FOR CREATIVITY AND ARTS

Alum Spotlight: Yu-Kai Lin 01C, Owner and Curator at KAI LIN ART

Yu-Kai Lin. Photo by Jo Arellanes

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I reach KAI LIN ART gallery and immediately notice the large, sunny mural facing the space — a first sign of good omen. As I enter, I stop to decipher the neon word contained in a minimalistic piece by the door, a mirrored “kindness.” I’m sold.

Robie DuChateau, the gallery’s director of events, waves warmly and moments later, Yu-Kai Lin offers me his large smile, shakes my hand and leads me into his office: a vibrant and eclectic mix of colors and shapes.

Founded in 2008 by Yu-Kai, KAI LIN ART is a contemporary art gallery that encourages creativity, connection, and conversation through art. Working with both emerging and established artists, Yu-Kai maintains an accelerated exhibition program with new exhibits every six to eight weeks — all while selecting only the best, most provocative art.

His office is indicative of his curating style. He points to one of the many pieces peppering the space, a detailed sketch of a rabbit painted on an enormous sheet of notebook paper.

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“This piece — this little rabbit — the artist, Larry Jens Anderson, is in his seventies and he started the Atlanta College of Art later becoming SCAD-Atlanta. He has Parkinson’s and he was unable to hold a paintbrush. He taught a class on unconventional painting — he painted this piece with a branch found in his backyard and taught his class to use anything but a paintbrush to paint with. This rabbit is done with a stick and it’s amazing how much detail, how much quality and character he can get from just a branch. He then underwent a procedure at Emory and this painting [points to “The Burden Collage,” graphite and ink on paper] was done after his operation, when he could hold a paintbrush again. Larry’s every single line has a story and a purpose and tells a rich tapestry of his own life experiences.”

I ask Yu-Kai about his own history.

His parents emigrated from Taiwan and Yu-Kai grew up in Georgia. He graduated from Emory in 2001 as a pre-med student with a degree in music — piano performance. A classically trained pianist, he teaches piano at his private studio near his home. 

“My youngest [student] is four, my oldest is 72. What I’ve learned through teaching is that where there’s a will there’s a way. We can all learn if we’re open to it.”

He describes himself as a day-dreamer. As a child, Yu-Kai spent his free time drawing and coloring, activities that garnered him awards. He began studying music in fourth grade — first violin, then piano and voice — and hasn’t stopped since. At Emory, he took art history classes combined with chemistry and biology for his pre-med requirements, all while continuing to sharpen his musical skills under the tutelage of Dr. William Ransom.

“Music and science go hand-in-hand, they really complement each other. The discipline it takes to read, learn, absorb music — it translates well to the discipline needed in sciences.”

Yu-Kai was part of the a-cappella group No Strings Attached and SPC (Student Programming Council) where he helped bring in entertainers like Jerry Springer, Goo Goo Dolls and Busta Rhymes. “That was so fun. It helped me because now I continually plan events for the gallery: artist talks, openings, closings.”

After various internships in medical centers in Atlanta, he realized that he didn’t want “to see sick people all the time and work from 7 to 7.” Post-graduation, he took his medical school exams and did well, but took a leap of faith to pursue the arts.

He worked at two galleries before opening KAI LIN ART. “I had mentors. It’s good to have mentors, to find people that you trust, that you like —or even people that you don’t like but trust—so that you can learn from their mistakes and figure out what you’d do differently.”

While he is constantly surrounded by beautiful art at work, his job is anything but simple and pretty.

“It’s difficult [to own and run a gallery] everyday. It’s a challenge to sustain, to grow and to keep it all up in the air. It’s beautiful from the outside — from the inside it takes a lot of work, a lot of conversations and connections, thought and action for art to happen. The funding and the nitty gritty of finances are so important. There are so many artists and only a few galleries and a handful of art collectors — we have to carry the weight of all that. It’s not an easy role.”

I ask him whether his musical training informs his current work.

“Art and music are integrally intertwined. A lot of artists create their art while listening to music — there are just different types of art and I think they can all be meditative. Music is audibly meditative; paintings and drawings are visually [meditative]. They are all sensorial. Music helps inform being an art gallerist in that it takes a lot of diligence, practice, patience, dedication and self-motivation. You need all these to make things happen.”

Our talk shifts to a discussion about individual and collective purpose.

“That’s why we are here, to connect and to relate, to learn from the experiences of others, and the visions and the histories that artists carry with them.”

Yu-Kai believes we connect with a piece of art or a piece of music on a non-communicative, emotional “soul-level.” He believes this visceral connection allows us to open ourselves up to learning about the creative process and about the artist’s motivation and vision. We can then understand a little bit more of ourselves through the lens of another.

“What you see can be interpreted in so many ways and that’s visible now, especially with politics. One person can hear the completely opposite of what the other person hears. But art is a great equalizer —once the work of art is finished, it’s meant for the masses to enjoy, appreciate, internalize and reflect upon.”

We then delve into a conversation about the way art negotiates time.

“We build buildings just to house art: museums just for our artifacts, for creativity. There are so many strides to place art in rooms and boxes and frames that are completely sealed. It’s pretty fascinating when you think about the life of art. It encapsulates a period of time, it encapsulates the creativity of its artist, and we want to carry it on so that generations from now people can still see it and appreciate the meaning of it from that time when the person lived.”

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Art combines past, present and future into one. Yu-Kai believes that we are all collages of our experiences, our pasts, our yearnings for the future, our parents’ histories and their joys, their turmoil and their cultures.

“I feel like every person is an artist, we are all here to create. We don’t know our time frame for that creation, but everybody is creating every single day. A doctor is creating to help the body and their art is knowing how to move their hands to know how to fix your lungs, a lawyer is in the art of crafting thought, of crafting words that have meaning and carry weight for justice. Everything that a human touches is art.”

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SPECTRUM, KAI LIN’s summer series, is the gallery’s fifth show for the year and features the works of five talented artists: Jeremy BrownBlockheadTim KentChris Hobé, and Kevin Palme. SPECTRUM emphasizes the various ways color and form can evoke meaning, memories, and ideas. These pieces play on gradients, abstraction and forms beyond the 2D picture plane. Visitors can enjoy the series through September 8.

Yu-Kai takes me to one of the gallery rooms displaying Kevin Palme’s dreamlike paintings.  They are all colorful, faded and beautiful, like soft memories. They take about two months to complete because of the layers of paint on them. “Palme mixes his paints, it’s chemistry really: he changes the consistency of the pigments to create this reflective quality, as if you’re looking through water.”

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We step back into the main room where Tim Kent’s work glows bold and courageous, a cheerful example of sculpture-meets-paint.

I ask him how he selects the art for his gallery. He tells me he’s a fan of color, like me.

“We choose artists who have a narrative in their work, whether it’s abstract art or representational art. At the end of the day, it has to be an artist I get along with, because we have to work together and it’s all based on trust and symbiosis. Together we can create the environment for art to happen and the conversations for art to thrive.”

I ask Yu-Kai what his personal artist statement is and he’s a bit taken aback and pauses —he’s more accustomed to being asked about the gallery’s purpose than about his own.

“For me it’s important to follow what I’m passionate about, to pursue what I’m inspired by—which is art and music. It’s important to find the people that can help us take it to the next level. We’re all here to help each other. We’re all on the same path and we have to work together to grow together. We have to work through differences and challenges to learn.”

Yu-Kai explains that his twenties and thirties have been crucial in teaching him that dire times are the best times for self-discovery.

“We adapt ourselves to continual change, to continual growth through that change. Unlike school —where we take a test, write a paper or a thesis, or give a presentation and then do all of it again, in a cycle —in life there’s no structure. That’s the wonderful and daunting thing. Some people thrive in structure, but in art, music, and in life, there isn’t a limit to what we can create beyond our own beliefs and stunted views of what it is we can or cannot do.”

He believes in “many and mini connections” [between people and events] that help us propagate and grow.

“There’s no limit to what we can attract to ourselves. The internal dialogue in the theater of our thoughts really determines how we interact with the world. Whether we trust people, or we don’t trust them. Whether we think we can or we can’t. When someone close the door, we learn to go through the window —it’s good to hit a wall, to run into people we don’t relate to or whose point of view we can’t understand because that experience helps us learn about ourselves and then we grow, shift beliefs, and envision new possibilities.”

Yu-Kai resembles people to flames that can be ignited:

“Some days you might not be ignited and then you need somebody to re-ignite you. We are sponges, we absorb the energy of others, not only their thoughts and knowledge. And then we impart our own energy and knowledge so that another’s life can be bettered by it. I want to influence and inspire and give, so that I can receive.”

Echoing the neon “kindness” sign by the entrance, his credo in life is “Be kind, be flexible, be humble.”

“We’re always in a state of becoming. It’s great to let go of everything that happened before and to let go of what we want everything to be. Nothing ever happens as planned, but we still plan. Then life throws things at us and we go not in the direction we wanted to go, but in the direction that is natural and organic based on what comes to us.”

He advises aspiring artists to start where they are, to start then and there, and to be open to adapting to the shifts and changes of the environment they put themselves in. “Start. Just start. There’s no time like now to start.”

Putting his own advice into practice, Yu-Kai isn’t resting on his laurels waiting for things to happen.

“I’m an instigator, a connector, I’m purposeful with my intention to create and help others create. I’m a steward of art.”

By Loli Lucaciu

The Art of Kevin Palme

 

Happy August!

We're excited to invite you to our Collectors Night this Thursday, August 24th with extended hours from 6:00 - 8:00pm: RSVP for the event!

We would also like the announce the launch of THE ART SHOP: an opportunity to find quality collectible original pieces of art for under $500. Shop online by visiting kailinart.com/shop

Kevin Palme paints abstracted fragments of memories and feelings with a reverence for impermanence and jewel-like hues. His paintings resemble a distant landscape, just out of focus and out of reach. The artworks take their titles from haiku poems and intended to read in a similar way, concise and fluid, open to each viewer's personal interpretation.

FOR MORE ARTWORK, VISIT THE ART OF
TIM KENT | JEREMY BROWN | BLOCKHEAD | CHRIS HOBE | KEVIN PALME

Collectors Night Thurs, August 24th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Volume III: Closing Wed, September 6th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

For inquiries into availability on artwork, please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com. We look forward to seeing you by the gallery!

ARTFULLY,
YU-KAI LIN
DIRECTOR, KAI LIN ART
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We are surrounded by impermanence. Fleeting moments, shifting perspectives, and change all illuminate the fact that nothing in life is permanent. Daily and seasonal transitions, birth, growth and death all remind us of the inevitability of impermanence. Even the most seemingly eternal landscapes will eventually succumb to time. We are left with memories. Abstract and residual, our memories are a means by which we can honor the past and recall experiences, relationships and parts of our histories. 

This series of colorfield paintings is derived from haiku, dualities, ideas about memory, and my preference for jewel-like colors. Each is named with a single word borrowed from traditional Japanese haiku, implying potential meanings for each painting. The paintings, however, are not illustrations of the poems. Rather, the works are similar to their accompanying haiku, concise but fluid and subject to change based on the experiences of the viewers. 

Kevin Palme’s work contemplates the temporal nature of existence and the plastic and abstract qualities of memory. Borrowing techniques from diverse periods in art history, his work sometimes features elements of non-objective painting and minimalism as well as tight representation. He is currently working in two different modes of painting. One body of work consists of colorfield abstractions based on traditional Japanese Haiku, landscapes, and jewel-like colors. He is also developing a series of paintings of melting ice cubes focusing on the malleability of paint, impermanence, and the irony of making a still life of a fundamentally ephemeral object.

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SPECTRUM photos

Hello! We're excited to invite you to our Artist Talk featuring the artists of SPECTRUM! Join us for a casual conversation and an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about the inspiration behind their vibrant, colorful artworks!
 
ARTIST TALK
THURSDAY AUGUST 17TH, 2017
5:00 - 7:00pm
RSVP HERE FOR THE TALK!

FOR MORE ARTWORK, VISIT THE ART OF
TIM KENT | JEREMY BROWN | BLOCKHEAD | CHRIS HOBE | KEVIN PALME

Artist Talk Thurs, August 17th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Collectors Night Thurs, August 24th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Volume III: Closing Thurs, September 7th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

For inquiries into availability on artwork, please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com. Enjoy the photos below and we look forward to seeing you at the talk!

ARTFULLY,
YU-KAI LIN
DIRECTOR, KAI LIN ART
404 408 4248 INFO@KAILINART.COM

The Art of Tim Kent

Artist Tim Kent brings his unique and precise style to SPECTRUM with a new series of shaped canvas pieces. Employing a new technique of opposing gradients and negative spaces, Kent’s newest works jump off the wall and into a new dimension. Kent’s work allows the audience to visualize color in a three dimensional dialect, as well as to consider how the surface of a plane and the edge and interior of a canvas can all create an important avenue for discovering and uncovering.

For more artwork, visit The Art of
Tim KentJeremy Brown | Blockhead | Chris Hobe | Kevin Palme

Artist Talk Thurs, August 17th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Collectors Night Thurs, August 24th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Volume III: Closing Fri, September 8th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

For inquiries into availability on artwork, please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com. We look forward to seeing you by the gallery!

Artfully,
Yu-Kai Lin
Director, KAI LIN ART
404 408 4248 info@KAILINART.com

For inquiries into availability on artwork, please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com.

The Art of Jeremy Brown

Dear Friends and Collectors,

We are excited to share with you the newest body of work by resident artist Jeremy Brown.

These new pieces - informed by Brown’s previous layed resin works - essentialize the artist’s philosophy of simplicity and kindness. Inspired by minimalism, raw materials, and the use of created shadows, this body of work is stripped down to the roots. In life, simple & spontaneous kindness is key: the root of something much bigger and louder.

Artist Talk   Thurs, Aug 17 | 5:00 - 7:00pm
Collectors Night   Thurs, Aug 24 | 6:00 - 8:00pm
Volume III: Closing   Friday, Sept 8 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

For inquiries into availability of these works below, please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com. We look forward to seeing you by the gallery!

ARTFULLY,
YU-KAI LIN    
DIRECTOR, KAI LIN ART
404 408 4248 INFO@KAILINART.COM

For inquiries into availability please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com

For inquiries into availability please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com

SPECTRUM | July 28th - September 8th, 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, July 28, 2017
7:00 - 10:00 PM
free and open to the public exhibit
runs through September 8th, 2017

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SPECTRUM July 28th - September 8th, 2017 | Kai Lin Art invites Atlanta to our 2017 Summer exhibition SPECTRUM. The fifth show of Kai Lin Art for the year features the works and collaborations of five talented artists: Jeremy Brown, Blockhead, Tim Kent, Chris Hobé, and Kevin Palme. SPECTRUM emphasizes the different ways color and form can evoke meaning, memories, and ideas. These artists make use of gradients, abstraction and forms beyond the 2D picture plane.

Jeremy Brown returns to the gallery with a new series of artwork. These new piece - informed by Brown’s previous layed resin works - essentialize the artist’s philosophy of simplicity and kindness. Inspired by minimalism, raw materials, and the use of created shadows, this body of work is stripped down to the roots. In life, simple & spontaneous kindness is key: the root of something much bigger and louder.

Popular and prolific Blockhead (AKA Chris Skeene) showcases a brand new series of his iconic square headed sculptures for SPECTRUM. Skeene’s love of collectible and limited sculptural toys such as Kid Robot and Pez collections influences his approach to the hand-sculpted and carefully hand-painted characters he brings to life as Blockheads.

Artist Tim Kent brings his unique and precise style to SPECTRUM with a new series of shaped canvas pieces. Employing a new technique of opposing gradients and negative spaces, Kent’s newest works jump off the wall and into a new dimension. Kent’s work allows the audience to visualize color in a three dimensional dialect, as well as to consider how the surface of a plane and the edge and interior of a canvas can all create an important avenue for discovering and uncovering.

California born pop artist, Chris Hobé also known as ArtRevolts creates a box for the world to think outside of. Hobés’ uses vibrant color combinations, eclectic and popular culture references to make his pieces. Hobés’ multi-panel, geometric compositions combine different layers of iconic and nostalgic imagery from comic books, music, logos, and pop patterns.

Kevin Palme paints abstracted fragments of memories and feelings with a reverence for impermanence and jewel-like hues. His paintings resemble a distant landscape, just out of focus and out of reach. The artworks take their titles from haiku poems and intended to read in a similar way, concise and fluid, open to each viewer's personal interpretation.

Artist Talk   Thursday, August 17 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Collectors Night   Thursday, August 24 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Volume III: Closing   Wednesday, Sept 6 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

THE ART OF ERIK WATERKOTTE

Erik Waterkotte creates work that centers on concepts of belief, ritual, and space while mixing various experimental printmaking techniques and layering graphics based on his family history, Catholic-upbringing, and fascination with early-American occult. Waterkotte places the viewer into an introspective plane where they can reconcile the real and the unreal in their own faiths. 

THE ART OF ERIK WATERKOTTE

ARTIST TALK SATURDAY, JULY 15, 4-6 pm
SUMMER PRINT SALE JUNE 28 - JULY 15
VOLUME II PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, JULY 20, 7-9 pm

For more on the Art of Resonance visit
Greg Noblin  |  Todd Anderson  |  Andrew Catanese  |  Erik Waterkotte

For inquiries into availability and pricing please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com.

ARTFULLY,
YU-KAI LIN    
DIRECTOR, KAI LIN ART
404 408 4248 INFO@KAILINART.COM

The Art of Andrew Catanese

Dear Friends and Collectors,

We're pleased to welcome new artist Andrew Catanese with a new series of unique and striking paintings. His figurative, narrative artworks are characterized by a neo-gothic style. The dense, tapestry-like images are populated with figures in disguise, caught in moments of curiosity and intimacy, and surrounded by the thick, heavy native foliage of the South.

THE ART OF ANDREW CATANESE

SUMMER PRINT SALE JUNE 28 - JULY 15
ARTIST TALK SATURDAY, JULY 15, 4-6 pm
VOLUME II PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, JULY 20, 7-9 pm

For more on the Art of Resonance visit
Greg Noblin  |  Todd Anderson  |  Andrew Catanese  |  Erik Waterkotte

For inquiries into availability contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com

ARTFULLY,
YU-KAI LIN    
DIRECTOR, KAI LIN ART
404 408 4248 INFO@KAILINART.COM

SUMMER PRINT SALE JUNE 28 - JULY 15
ARTIST TALK SATURDAY, JULY 15, 4-6 pm
VOLUME II PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, JULY 20, 7-9 pm

For more on the Art of Resonance visit
Greg Noblin  |  Todd Anderson  |  Andrew Catanese  |  Erik Waterkotte

For inquiries into availability contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com

The Art of Todd Anderson

Master printmaker Todd Anderson’s practice involves long-term, team-based projects that investigate ecological changes to wilderness caused by global warming. He works in the ancient tradition of woodblock printing using as many as 15 colors in a single print. Anderson is committed to preserving the romantic beauty of the natural world but at the same time drawing attention to the dire and uncertain futures of these landscapes. Anderson returns to the gallery with a new series of works featuring the stunning vistas and unmatched beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park.

THE ART OF TODD ANDERSON

COLLECTORS NIGHT THURSDAY, JUNE 29
SUMMER PRINT SALE JUNE 21 - JULY 15
ARTIST TALK SATURDAY, JULY 15
VOLUME II PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, JULY 20

For inquiries into availability and pricing please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com.

We look forward to seeing you by the gallery!

ARTFULLY,
YU-KAI LIN    
DIRECTOR, KAI LIN ART
404 408 4248 INFO@KAILINART.COM

For inquiries into availability and pricing
please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com

THE ART OF GREG NOBLIN

Dear Friends and Collectors,

We are excited to share with you the newest body of work by long time artist of the gallery, Greg Noblin.

With this fresh series of his signature Panelist works, Noblin works to incorporate layers of meaning, symbolism and texture in his artworks through a multistep process of photo-collage and panel printing. The final works are a combination of surrealism, photography and landscape supported by organic and inorganic structures.

Collectors Night Thursday, June 29
Artist Talk Saturday, July 15
VOLUME II performance Thursday, July 20

For inquiries into availability of these works below, please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com.

We look forward to seeing you by the gallery!

ARTFULLY,
YU-KAI LIN    
DIRECTOR, KAI LIN ART
404 408 4248 INFO@KAILINART.COM

For inquiries into availability of these works below, please contact
404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com.

Collectors Night + Print Sale + Resonance Photos

Happy Summer!

We're excited to invite you to our Collectors Night this Thursday, June 29th with extended hours from 6:00 - 8:00pm: RSVP for the event here!

We would also like to invite you to our Summer Print Sale: June 28th - July 15th. Come by the gallery during our regular gallery hours and browse works on paper and prints under $300 from Patrick Heagney, Erik Waterkotte, Ashley L. Schick, Greg Noblin, Jason Kofke, and Jamaal Barber.

For more on the Art of Resonance, please visit:
Greg Noblin  |  Todd Anderson  |  Andrew Catanese  |  Erik Waterkotte

Enjoy the photo gallery below of our RESONANCE opening and may your summer days be artful!

ARTFULLY,
YU-KAI LIN    
DIRECTOR, KAI LIN ART
404 408 4248 INFO@KAILINART.COM

COLLECTORS NIGHT THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 6-8pm
SUMMER PRINT SALE JUNE 28 - JULY 15
ARTIST TALK SATURDAY, JULY 15, 4-6pm
VOLUME II PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, JULY 20, 7-9pm

For inquiries into availability and pricing please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com.

RESONANCE Artist Talk | Saturday, July 15

Hello! We're excited to invite you to our
ARTIST TALK
SATURDAY, JULY 15th

4:00 - 6:00pm
RSVP HERE FOR THE TALK!

For more on the Art of Resonance, please visit
Greg Noblin  |  Todd Anderson  |  Andrew Catanese  |  Erik Waterkotte

We would also like to invite you to our Summer Print Sale: June 28th - July 15th. Come by and browse works on paper and prints from Patrick Heagney, Erik Waterkotte, Ashley L. Schick, Greg Noblin, and Jamaal Barber.

See you on Saturday for the talk!

ARTFULLY,
YU-KAI LIN    
DIRECTOR, KAI LIN ART
404 408 4248 INFO@KAILINART.COM

ARTIST TALK SATURDAY, JULY 15, 4-6pm
SUMMER PRINT SALE JUNE 28 - JULY 15
VOLUME II PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, JULY 20, 7-9pm

For inquiries into availability and pricing please contact 404 408 4248 or info@kailinart.com.

RESONANCE | June 9th - July 21st

RESONANCE

 June 9th -  July 21st, 2017

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Opening Reception
Friday, June 9th, 2017
7:00 - 10:00 PM
free and open to the public
exhibit runs through July 21st, 2017

RESONANCE June 9th - July 21st |  Kai Lin Art announces its fourth exhibition of 2017 featuring new bodies of work of four artists: Todd Anderson, Greg Noblin, Erik Waterkotte and Andrew Catanese. RESONANCE draws together landscapes, tableaux, photo montage, and experimental printmaking.

Master printmaker Todd Anderson’s practice involves long-term, team-based projects that investigate ecological changes to wilderness caused by global warming. He works in the ancient tradition of woodblock printing using as many as 15 colors in a single print. Anderson is committed to preserving the romantic beauty of the natural world but at the same time drawing attention to the dire and uncertain futures of these landscapes. Anderson returns to the gallery with a new series of works featuring the stunning vistas and unmatched beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Long time artist of the gallery, Greg Noblin returns with a fresh series of his signature Panelist works. Noblin works to incorporate layers of meaning, symbolism and texture in his artworks through a multistep process of photo-collage and panel printing. The final works are a combination of surrealism, photography and landscape supported by organic and inorganic structures. Sometimes humorous or fantastic, these allegorical illustrations serve as a bridge between the childhood imagination and adult “reality”.

Erik Waterkotte creates work that centers on concepts of belief, ritual, and space while mixing various experimental printmaking techniques and layering graphics based on his family history, Catholic upbringing, and fascination with early-American occult. Waterkotte places the viewer into an introspective plane where they can reconcile the real and the unreal in their own faiths. This will be Waterkotte’s first exhibition with Kai Lin Art; he has previously been a part of the group exhibitions FRESH and The New South.

Kai Lin Art welcomes new artist Andrew Catanese with a new series of unique and striking paintings. His figurative, narrative artworks are characterized by a neo-gothic style and horror vacui aesthetic. The work stems from the complex relationship that develops between “outsiders” in the South and the conservatism they disrupt. The dense, tapestry-like images are populated with figures in disguise, caught in moments of violence and intimacy, and surrounded by the thick, heavy native foliage of the South. The paintings depict the South in the echoes of figures and stories at its fringes.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Much notable work in contemporary Southeastern artists’ exhibit

LIVING By Felicia Feaster: FOR THE AJC (source)

 “The New South II” at Kai Lin Art offers plenty of reassurance that the Southeast has a diversity of talent in an endless variety of forms. This juried group show of works on paper (with some notable exceptions) by 39 artists is the second (and stronger) of Kai Lin’s two large survey shows dedicated to Southeastern artists, with work this go-around chosen by jurors Veronica Kessenich, executive director of Atlanta Contemporary, and Michael White, director of the Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University.

Though work in “The New South II” veers from abstraction to portraiture and from photography to sculpture and tackles subjects as diverse as celebrity culture and Southern food, you could say that — generally speaking — “The New South II” gravitates toward two poles: on one hand, cheeky; and on the other, political and socially engaged.

Axelle Kieffer
Mopsos
Hand cut collage on photo
12" x 15"

For the nutty side, exhibit A, the oddball collages of Axelle Kieffer, whose staid woman and boy in formal Victorian dress sport outrageous steampunk-meets-extraterrestrial masks. Compelling in their quiet surrealism, Joshua Chambers’ delicate drawings are surrounded by a satisfying sea of empty space and show people in improbably magic realist situations: a man with a bird’s wing for an arm or a woman on a bed with a man in scuba gear watching the water rise, licking at her feet from her queen-size raft.

AleaHurst
St.Lawrence
Pen, Ink
21" x 17"

Also just shy of wacky are Alea Hurst’s portraits of modern-day saints wearing gold halos as they flip burgers at an outdoor barbecue or show off their tattooed torsos, and Charlie Watt’s Catherine Opie-esque image of a nude lady beekeeper sporting the tools of her trade. Meanwhile R. Andrew Munoz’s deceptively childlike cut paper collages contain undercurrents of violence: spilled bottles of wine and hockey-masked killers lurking outside suggest things are not as Colorforms as they seem. Amusing commentary on the overvaluing of our role as consumers and the sanctity of buying, Raoul Pacheco offers up clever gilt sales receipts.

 

STEPHENPHILMS
SHOULDERS OF HOPE
PHOTOGRAPHY
16" x 20"


There’s a subtle but palatable strain of black identity in “The New South II” that gives the show some heft and heart, from the straightforward but sweet photograph of a black father supporting his son on his shoulders in Stephen Philms’ “Shoulders of Hope” to Alex Christopher Williams’ image “Atlanta, GA” of a black barbershop decorated with affirmations of black masculinity in photographs of Muhammad Ali and LeBron James.

There are Joe Dreher’s images “Madison” and “Red” of a black man and child, hands over heart, waving a tiny flag, draped in a stars and stripes bandanna, as if to assert the resilience of belief and loyalty despite all odds.

JAMAAL BARBER
Untamed
Linocut
2" x 12"

Jamaal Barber’s graphic, iconic linocut, “Untamed/Free,” and Mia Merlin’s watercolor “Southern Woman 3” are bookend works; portraits of empowered, assertive young black women.

There are some interesting formal experiments in “The New South II,” as well, notably Lynx Nguyen’s “Ultimate Heaven,” an oddly transcendent work considering its lowbrow medium: ballpoint pen worked over the paper surface so intensely it soaks into and ripples the paper, creating topographic ridges and gaps, or abrades it, in some places revealing the pulp beneath.

 

Lynx Nguyen
Ultimate Heaven
Ball Point Pen
40" x 40"

 
ART REVIEW
“The New South II”

Through June 2. Noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Kai Lin Art, 999 Brady Ave. NW, Suite 7, Atlanta. 404-408-4248, www.kailinart.com.

Bottom line: There’s much to recommend this large, diverse survey of Southeastern artists’ works on paper.

for more on the exhibition visit this THE NEW SOUTH II

THE NEW SOUTH II | exhibition opening photos

Below are pictures from the exhibition opening of The New South II! Please contact us at the gallery if you have an interest in any of the works from the exhibition info@kailinart.com or 404 408 4248. Enjoy the photos!

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THE NEW SOUTH II | MEET + GREET 5-6-17

Dear Friends,

We are excited to invite you to The New South MEET + GREET this Saturday!

TNS II MEET + GREET
Saturday, May 6
5 - 7 PM

Come out and meet many of the artists from the exhibit and enjoy some libations and artful conversations.

To preview the exhibition visit this link

Enjoy the photo gallery below and we will see you this Saturday @kailinart 

Artfully,
Yu-Kai Lin, Director
KAI LIN ART
404 408 4248
info@kailinart.cOM

THE NEW SOUTH II OPENING PHOTOS