Figures in a Landscape: From the Literal to the Poetic
Working in the landscape and in the studio with the model we will explore ways to move toward abstraction without going away from representation by exploring abstract shapes and colors - how to find them in nature and how to use them to build form. Drawing will be used to simplify form. Painting (acrylic on paper) will be used to compare and relate color. Collage (cut colored paper) will be used to push color and form and to make further adjustments to our paintings. Sculpture will give us space. Corrugated cardboard, masking tape, and acrylic paint will be used to create a miniature world or stage. Figures, out of cardboard, will inhabit this landscape. We will then work from these adjustable scenes. This will take us far away from rendering, toward the more thrilling realm of composing, and closer to the excitement of reality. Before we give everything a name, the world is more abstract than representational. We will move towards abstraction, away from this naming, to a figuration that is more real.
The workshop will equip us with many ways to push our figurative and landscape work, with or without a live model, rain or shine.
Ken Kewley was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1953. He graduated from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In New York City, he was a night watchman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1980-1990. He started working with collage in 1993 and continues to work with paint and collage, and recently with painted corrugated cardboard.
Kewley has had recent exhibitions at Hendrix College in Arkansas, Washington Studio School in Washington, D.C., and at Rothschild Fine Art in Tel Aviv. He teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has been a visiting artist in places from the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, to the Jerusalem Studio School and its Italian Summer Program.
I make some shapes either in two or three dimensions and then adjust them until together they excite. There seems to be no end to the ways things can be adjusted: in shape, size, color, value, and texture, and/or turned around or turned over.
I find that whatever is true, most times, the opposite is also true. This makes things easy and it make things hard. At least enough to fill a lifetime.
* Acrylic paint. Colors: White, yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, black.
Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paint
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Medium
Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
* Scissors: Heavy duty enough to cut single layer corrugated cardboard.
* White glue/adhesive. I use Lineco Neutral pH Balance Adhesive or Golden Matt medium, but Elmer’s is fine.
* Masking tape, 1/2 inch wide
* Cotton rags
One recycled small to medium size (approx.12x12x12 inches) box of single layer corrugated cardboard. Mostly likely can be gathered locally.
A small stool or folding chair.
* Materials marked with an asterisk* are available for purchase in the Shakerag store.