April 11, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Addison, 505-992-0711
Solo Exhibitions: John Garrett & Irene Kung
May 4 – June 2, 2012
Santa Fe – Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art is pleased to present its first solo shows of the 2012 season. Opening concurrently, May 4, and continuing through June 2, we’re featuring New Work from mixed media sculptor John Garrett, and Gli Alberi (Italian for The Trees) large scale color photographs by Irene Kung. The opening reception is Friday, May 4, 5-7pm.
Using discarded, recycled, non-precious materials, John Garrett‘s new sculptures transform and elevate his materials into a new realm. This dynamic body of work consists of large-scale pieces hanging straight down from the ceiling. Garrett calls them “Chain Columns”. His Chain Columns employ hundreds of densely hung individual elements, such as keys, bead strings, or razor blades, looped together one on top of the other. Garrett explains, “While each piece of the whole remains a distinct object, their aggregate becomes something else. For example, the hard rigid objects can take on a soft organic quality. Furthermore, these sculptures look as if they grew into being, much like a grape vine, instead of being constructed by the artist’s hand.”
Known for her exquisite large-scale architectural photographs, where buildings emerge from a jet-black background, Irene Kung’s second solo show with Chiaroscuro will feature her majestic tree series. The title of her show, Gli Alberi, Italian for “The Trees,” pays homage to her roots and to these graceful and powerful natural wonders. Kung’s trees are extraordinary. Using her mastery of digital manipulation, she accentuates every leaf and branch, raising the contrast and depth to hyper-realistic levels. While it is possible to get lost in the details, these renderings nevertheless retain a quality of light that brings the trees to life with dynamic gesture and form.
Irene Kung was born in Switzerland and trained as a painter. Based in Switzerland after many years abroad, her work has achieved international recognition. In the past few years she has expanded her repertoire to include photography. Her subjects range from architectural monuments to exotic plant life and Argentinian horses.
May 4 – June 2, 2012
Opening reception: Friday, May 4, 5 – 7pm
Location: Chiaroscuro’s Main Space, 702 ½ Canyon Road on Gypsy Alley, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-992-0711