We are so pleased to share with you the photo gallery to our latest exhibition of SUBLIME featuring all new artwork from Jeremy Brown, Lela Brunet, Elliston Roshi, Blockhead, and Phil Harris:
We hope you'll come by for a visit to the gallery to see the exhibition. Our show will run through September 21st and we will be hosting an Artist Talk later in the month. For inquiries and interest in the art please connect with us at the gallery 404 408 4248 or email email@example.com
Yu-Kai Lin // firstname.lastname@example.org // 404 408 4248
Kai Lin Art is pleased to announce the opening of SUBLIME, our sixth exhibition of 2018. Featuring new artwork from Jeremy Brown, Lela Brunet, Elliston Roshi, Blockhead, and introducing Phil Harris, SUBLIME brings dynamic abstract paintings on resin, plexiglass, and paper into the gallery in addition to the uniquely collectible sculptures of Blockhead. Each artist has collaborated together on multiple artworks making this exhibition simply sublime.
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018
7:00 - 10:00 PM
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // EXHIBITING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
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sublime /səˈblīm/ of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe. synonyms: elevated, awe-inspiring, majestic, magnificent, glorious, superb, wonderful, marvelous, splendid.
Resident Kai Lin Artist Jeremy Brown creates a fresh collection of his signature layered resin works. Part of Brown’s aesthetic is derived from the complex, layered, out of the box nature found in street art. He uses unconventional materials such as aerosols, concrete, and custom neon light fixtures. The works of SUBLIME are influenced by the nature of memories and recreation and make use of found objects by integrating them directly into the artwork. All of Brown’s pieces are held together through a strong interest and care for humanity and compassion.
The highly sought after and prolific multimedia artist and muralist Lela Brunet has developed a new series of goddesses and sirens for SUBLIME. Combining modern and graphic patterns with a multitude of mixed media practices in addition to influences from her multicultural upbringing, Brunet has continued her affinity for depicting powerful female icons and deities from cultures around the world. The works of SUBLIME draw inspiration from the canonical Hindu goddesses such as Devi and Kali as well as introducing a smaller series of collectable, abstracted florals.
Disciplined artist and director of the Atlanta Zen Center Elliston Roshi paints flowingly abstract artworks on plexiglass and gesso panel. Framed together, the two paintings become one in an overlapping harmony of colors and shapes inspired by musical abstraction and zen. The newest series by Roshi introduces singular geometric forms to contrast with the organic, flowing movements of color and creates the perception of depth and distance in the artworks.
Blockhead is a pseudonym invented by Chris Skeene as a way to explore the thriving free art scene in Atlanta. Inspired by his collection of Pez and blind box art toys, Chris uses blockheads to bring variety to the repetition of a singular form. Though much of the inspiration for his work are from machine-made items, blockheads are each hand-carved and painted, thereby highlighting the individuality and uniqueness of each piece. Chris also extends the unique nature of the figures by inviting collaborators to bring their own styles to the blank canvas of a carved blockhead. Collaborations include Blockheads painted by SUBLIME artists Lela Brunet and Phil Harris and Atlanta artist Niki Zarrabi.
FRESH artist Phil Harris joins Kai Lin Art with a new series of works for his first exhibition at the gallery. Harris’ work takes the colors and feelings of pop culture and music as a starting point for complex, detailed and geometrically layered abstract paintings on plexiglass. Each work is a dual painting of two plexiglass panels sandwiched together. His signature concentric semi-circles dominate the front panels with beautiful surfaces and unique combinations of colors and patterns while underneath the translucent pane a loose and dynamic aerosol painting creates the moody atmosphere. Harris has collaborated with Lela Brunet, Blockhead and Jeremy Brown for three separate partnerships of style and artwork for SUBLIME.
We are overwhelmed with the support and turnout from our last exhibition opening of The New South III. Below you will find pictures from the opening!
We hope you'll join us on this coming Saturday for our
THE NEW SOUTH III
MIX + MINGLE
July 21st, 2018
4:00 - 6:00pm
Enjoy the photos and see you on Saturday!
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Yu-Kai Lin, Living Creatively Through Art and Music
Yu-Kai Lin founded the contemporary art gallery Kai Lin Art in 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. The gallery has been recognized by regional, national, and international publications for being on the forefront of art in America. Yu-Kai has collaborated with artists, architects, designers, and art consultants to curate exhibitions and build collections for major cultural and corporate institutions including the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Hawks, Coca Cola, Whole Foods Market, Turner Broadcasting System as well as supporting a growing network of nonprofits and start-ups.
Yu-Kai is a professional pianist, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Emory University. He performs frequently across the city and has an established private piano studio for children and adults. Yu-Kai has been honored by numerous organizations including being named 40 Under 40 by Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of Georgia’s Most Creative Atlantans by Common Creativ, and Emory University’s Alumni of the Year.
This talk was given at a TEDx Emory in February 2018 at Emory University.
Dear Art People,
Below you will find images from our installation of The New South III which will be on exhibit @kailinart through Friday, July 27th. We are hosting an Artist Mix + Mingle on Saturday, July 21st from 4-6pm!
We hope you'll come by the gallery to see our exhibition. Please connect with us if you have an interest in collecting any of the pieces from the show.
KAI LIN ART // 404 408 4248 // INFO@KAILINART.COM
Dear Friends and Patrons,
Thank you to everyone who came to our opening of The New South III this past Friday. The outpouring of love and connection was phenomenal and we are so grateful.
The exhibit will run through July 27th and we will be hosting an
ARTIST MIX + MINGLE
Saturday, July 21st
Below you'll find The Art of The New South III featuring 60 artists from across the Southeast. Please connect with us if you have an interest in collecting any of the works or come by to see the show!
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THE NEW SOUTH III
OPENING :: FRIDAY JUNE 22, 2018
7:00 - 10:00 PM
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
exhibiting through July 27
The New South III June 22 - July 27, 2018 | Kai Lin Art is proud to host our third annual juried exhibition of works on paper, The New South III. The show explores the contemporary South through the perspectives of 60 artists living and working throughout the Southeast. From over 1,000 submitted artworks, 75 pieces were selected for the exhibition.
Overseeing the selection process this year are our jurors Justin Rabideau, Director of The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum at Kennesaw State University and Larry Jens Anderson, Professor of Art at The Atlanta College of Art & SCAD-Atlanta.
FEATURING THE ART OF:
HANNAH ADAIR, PRISCILLA ALARCON, ROSE M. BARRON, STEVEN ANDERSON, MARIE PORTERFIELD BARRY, BRENDAN BAYLOR, RITA BAZINET, FAYE BELL, MARC BOYSON, LANNY BREWSTER, SAMANTHA BURNS, HANNAH BURTON, SIERRA BUSH, JOE CAMOOSA, JENNIFER CANTLEY, JULIO CEBALLOS, MADISON CLARK, JOE CORY, PHILIP CRAWFORD, COLLEEN CRITCHER, MICHAEL CROUSE, VALENTINA CUSTER O’ROARK, DAN DIXON, JOSEPH DREHER, SABRE ELSER, DEBBIE EZELL, SUE FOX, ANDREA GARLAND, ASHLEY GREGG, GWEN GUNTER, JULIE HENRY, MAXINE HESS, ROXANE HOLLOSI, MARK HOSFORD, ALEA HURST, COURTNEY KHAIL, AXELLE KIEFFER, JAMIE KIM, LAILA KOURI, CHRISTINA KWAN, TRISH LAND, JESSICA LOCKLAR, RY MCCULLOUGH, CASEY MARK MCGUIRE SCHOON, LYN STERLING MONTAGNE, ANDREW MUNOZ, MADISON OSBORNE, COKI PANDA, CHR!S REEL, FLORA ROSEFSKY, NELL RUBY, RICHARD SOLOMON, EMMA STARR, HANNAH SURACE, CHADWICK TOLLEY, ALEXI TORRES, KATIE TROISI, ANNEMARIE WILLIAMS, REBECCA YOUNG, VALERIE ZIMANY
1. Tell us a little bit more about yourself, your background school/teaching and how you found your way to Asheville?
I grew up in NJ about an hour from New York City and attended Wake Forest University as an undergraduate. The art program there was small but had great professors who pushed me to refine my craft and my inquiry into my work. After school, I moved to Portland, OR for a couple of years and got to spend a lot of time hiking and taking in a different part of the country. We loved it there but ultimately, the rainy season was a bit too long and we moved back east to Savannah, GA where I attended the Savannah College of Art and Design for my MFA in painting. At SCAD, I met great artists and instructors who really helped me understand what my work was about and why I was making it. Following our time in Savannah, we moved to Asheville, in 2003, and have been here since. Asheville made sense for us for a lot of reasons, it was a midpoint between the north and south (my wife grew up in the southeast) and we had both gone to undergrad in NC. We had a few friends here who sold us on what a great town it is. It is not too large but offers some of the advantages of living in a city. But maybe most importantly, Asheville has a great reputation as an arts town. There's a rich history here as we live just 20 minutes from Black Mountain, the site of Black Mountain College. Its influence can still be felt today in the thriving and vibrant art community here.
2. Describe your process and why you've chosen ice cubes to paint.
My process is more traditional than I used to imagine it would be. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a few professors who really understood traditional painting and how many of the masters approached the chemistry of painting. Additionally, I had the chance to teach Art History for a few years at a local community college. Both of these experiences led me to question my own methodology and approach to painting and gave me a deep appreciation for traditional materials and techniques. So, I paint using formulas derived from Renaissance era painting to create transparent layers of paint to create complex and jewel-like color. That said, I don't work using only natural light or strictly from life and I use drying agents to help move my process forward.
I build, stretch, and prime my own canvases because I view those beginning stages of working like building the foundation of a house. It's a very physical and tactile part of the process and I really enjoy it. Typically, each canvas gets four to six layers of gesso to begin to create a good working surface that buries the canvas texture. Then, several layers of transparent paint are applied in increasingly refined and smooth applications, always careful to use good chemistry, to create a minimal field of color and atmosphere. At this stage, I am establishing a visual sense of depth in the picture plane while reinforcing the flatness of the surface. It's a dichotomy that I employ and one of my traditional holdovers from classical painting; the image is flat but is an illusion of depth. The ice cubes are painted during the latter stages of painting and I work using the light rather than the shadows. The negative space provides the darkness and I am adding light. This idea of painting the light is both practical and ideological for me. Working from photos that I have taken, I work broad areas of value and add increasing detail, beginning with larger brushes and ultimately ending with very small brushes. Often, I glaze back over the top of the ice cubes to bury them into the atmosphere of the canvas and then repaint them, almost as if I painted the back half of the cubes and then the front half.
3. Your work explores the temporal nature of existence. What are your thoughts on life as it relates to art and the meaning of it all?
I began painting ice cubes a few years ago after a conversation with my wife. I had painted minimal abstraction for several years and was considering a shift in my work. I landed on ice cubes for a couple of reasons. Formally, ice offers a great challenge in terms of values, pattern, and painting a representational image of a transparent and translucent object. Subjectively, ice is a great metaphor for a variety of ideas and can take on numerous meanings depending on the viewer reading the work.
A major part of the reason that I am painting ice is the temporal nature of life and the idea that ice is fundamentally temporary. It melts and changes forms really quickly so the idea of painting it is interesting to me in that I am laboring over a mundane and temporary subject. In the paintings, ice can be a metaphor for a person, a building, a society, the environment, all of which are temporary even though we sometimes take that for granted and treat life as though it's permanent. The fact is that life is always changing and these paintings capture a moment in time; in that way, they become memorials or at least memories.
4. Do your children influence your art practice?
I have three daughters and while I would love to say that they influence my work, I am not sure I could say that fairly. They often make suggestions about what I should paint or what color I should use, and I am always ready to hear their feedback. While they may not directly impact my work in an overt way, they're an important part of who I am and must subconsciously affect the work. They do sometimes come to the studio with me, especially during the summer, and paint while I work which can be really fun.
5. What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty is really important to my work and has been for several years. Of course, beauty is extremely subjective, but I still feel like its worth pursuing in my work. As I was learning art history in more depth as an undergraduate, I saw so much work that seemed to deal with an anti-aesthetic as a challenge to the conventions of the artworld and to taste. That certainly has its place in the artworld, but for me, my work is a means of establishing a connection with a viewer based on something beautiful. In that sense, it is an act of hope or compassion when I make something that I hope is beautiful.
6. Do you have any suggestions for emerging artists that are coming out of art school?
Work hard, be disciplined, and if possible, find a community of artists. One of the most difficult things about leaving school and beginning a career as an artist is that there aren't assignments or a community to keep young artists producing. It can be challenging to come up with ideas and deadlines. Set up goals to make a certain number of pieces in a given time or to work for a specific number of hours each week and stick to it. I am fortunate to work in a group studio where we hold each other somewhat accountable. Ultimately, there are no consequences, but the expectation is that we will be there on a regular basis and will be pushing hard to create new ideas and new work.
7. Tell us something interesting about yourself!
I wanted to be a brain surgeon and thought I would go pre-med before deciding to major in art but couldn't see myself studying that much chemistry.
8. Where do you see the progression of your work heading?
I never really know where the work is going in the long term. I think I'll probably paint ice cubes for at least a little while longer because there are so many opportunities to take the work in a variety of directions that I don't see myself getting bored with it. Most importantly, I see myself continuing to push my ideas and practice to keep improving. My goal is to treat art-making as a lifelong path where one work or one series of works leads to the next so that over a long period of time, a thread emerges and defines my life's work. And hopefully, at the end of it, the work is still getting better.
See Kevin Palme's paintings in person at Kai Lin Art as a part of Magic through June 16th
12:00 - 6:00 PM Wednesdays - Fridays
12:00 - 5:00 PM Saturdays
& by appointment
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"Being an artist has always been akin to being a magician. I make things appear where there was emptiness (i.e. blank paper). The subjects vary but the concept of pulling things out of the void remains the same. In this body of work I directly apply the concept of the rabbit and the hat plus drawings and paintings of the magician. Life is full of those who appear and disappear as to who they are. A businessman becomes a Klan member becomes a dunce. A feather is decorative and its delicacy becomes a knife blade. The magic of illusion on the picture plane is endless and exist as a depiction of varieties of alternative realities. Subjects included also include notations on current events concerning death and politics. These recurring themes are right there; questions calling out for visual commentary."
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Larry Jens Anderson is an Atlanta-based artist with a MVA from Georgia State University. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the Southeastern United States and is included in numerous collections including MOCA GA, the Museum of Modern Art’s book collection, and the High Museum. His career has included video, painting, installations, performance, sculpture, and drawing. For over thirty years, Anderson has been a professor of art in colleges in Atlanta and currently teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design. Anderson has also curated numerous group shows across the Southeastern United States and is a founding member and curator of TABOO artist collective.
Dear Collectors and Patrons,
We are so pleased to announce that our KAI LIN ARTist Andrew Catanese was selected as the muralist for the Midtown Atlanta MARTA Station!
The project will feature a vibrant color palette to illustrate vignettes from fables about friendship, unity, and communion. Celebrating Atlanta's diverse and collaborative community, Andrew's "use of lush natural imagery will transform the concrete into an urban oasis."
Andrew has also been featured recently in an article from ArtsATL:
For more on The Art of Andrew Catanese and for inquiries into the availability of the works currently on exhibition at the gallery, please connect with us!
KAI LIN ART // firstname.lastname@example.org // 404 408 4248
Andrew Catanese developed a body of work that engages in a process of myth making. The paintings adapt vignettes from Dante’s Inferno and places them in landscapes along the Chattahoochee River. Encounters with coyote and deer in the dark woods and along the liminal space of the river hold intrinsic symbolism akin to formal narratives like those in Dante’s epic poem. The works, through the incorporation of Dante’s writing, critically address archaic moral dogmas whose arbitrary values have never reflected the complexity of the human condition. Catanese imbues these places with myth and magic as a way to discuss how people form a sense of who they are and their moral systems based upon their surroundings. In doing so, the landscapes become important parts of a person’s identity as they learn and construct mythologies.
Dear Art Aficionados,
We are pleased to share that we are extending our MAGIC exhibition featuring the art of:
The exhibition will now run through Friday, June 15th!
Please connect with us at the gallery if you have an interest in any of the pieces from the exhibition. Enjoy the photos below!