Exhibition Name: Painting Exhibition #1
Artists: Brent Dedas, David Thomas, Tom Pfannerstill, Gretchen Treitz, Kenny Hayden, John Humphries
Exhibition Dates: April 23rd, 2017 – June 11th, 2017
Opening Reception: April 23rd, 2017. 1-4 P.M.
An exciting cross section survey of the many styles of painting developing in the region. A wide breadth of works from an extraordinary roster of local and regional artists will display a wide variety of painting techniques and disciplines. Opening at the Galerie Hertz on April 23rd, 2017
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Exhibition title: ReInterpret: Contemporary Landscapes by Billy Hertz
Artists: Billy Hertz, Kayla Bischoff, Lisa Simon, Jim Doiron, and Brad Devlin
Where: Community Arts Center
401 W. Main St.
Exhibition Title: “Our City of the Flowers”
Artists: CRAIG BUNTING and MARK PUCKETT
Reception date: January 22nd. from 1PM to 4PM
Where: Galerie Hertz
1253 South Preston Street
Louisville, Ky. 40203
Hours: Wed.- Sat. 12 Noon – 5PM
(most Sundays Noon til 4PM,
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Contact: Billy Hertz
from a fictional era fill the gallery. This two-person exhibition featuring Craig Buntingand Mark Puckett is visually stimulating and deeply conceptual. “Our City of the Flowers” presents an archaic history colliding with a futuristic cult in what Bunting describes as an “ancient future.” In a cyclical manner, the evolution of the world returns to a once pristine state. Humans reside in elevated observation decks, allowing the Earth to heal and replenish.
forms: drawings, manipulated photographs, painted mixed media, and graphic design. Among these, a poster advertising the “The Museum of Regimented Miseries”; the stark floral design is composed of words such as genocide, weaponry, war, and poverty. This black and white design brings to mind the prophetic subway chalk drawings by artist, Keith Haring. Bunting also borrows from cultures of the far distant past for inspiration. “Benevolent She Wolf No.1” is a charcoal drawing based on the 12th Century bronze “Capitoline Wolf” sculpture. “Blood Ritual” is a graphite drawing recalling Classic Mayan stelae in both subject matter, stylized rendering, and use of text. Also reading like poster for an event, this drawing gives the viewer another piece of the puzzle into the mysterious way of life in this alternate universe.
Mark Puckett, to collaborate and elaborate upon this world using photography.
bold primary color and strongly contrasting blacks and whites. Mark Puckett’s “The Performance of Guernica” is another series that is both aesthetically beautiful and conceptually fascinating. Nude models bring to life Pablo
Drawings by Craig Bunting/Photographs by Mark Puckett
The drawings are dominated by the relationship between nature and humankind, with a suggestion that there is still another layer of understanding to our guided destinies. Yet the photographs seem to be telling another story, one that exposes the dark and seamy aspect of human existence.
So the journey through the depravity and decadence requires a return to a primitive life that will allow us to reconnect to the earth and opens us up to ancient, mystical spiritual practices of a far more elemental nature than what modern society normally provides. Mark Puckett’s photographs range from highly stylized compositions that could serve as advertising for 1933 Berlin or Paris, to less polished images of a model whose body is painted in unflattering fashion, to a series that features nude human figures posing in tableau while holding cut-outs that echo Picasso’s “Guernica.” The allusion to the destruction of war is indirect but clear enough.Thus it is in that very contrast within the imagery itself that Bunting hopes to communicate his message. The Neo Weimar Republic photographs illustrate the evil contamination that we must escape; the corruption of our moral character through Hedonism and self-destruction. The forensic, journalistic quality of the photographic medium captures the grim and gritty reality of our current life, while the visionary ideal of the drawings feel like prospectus illustrations for a new world, springing from the mind’s eye of the artist, showing us nothing less than our path to salvation.
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