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Love/ Not Love Show at Revelry

In Kentucky Artist, Kentucky Gallery on January 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Kiss, original drawing by What KT Does on Etsy

Revelry Boutique-Gallery, located in Louisville, offers accessible original art and inspired goods from local and international artists.  Their hand-selected screen-printers range from local favorites to world-renowned artists, including Ty Kreft & Amanda Bishop, Madpixel, Jeral Tidwell, Angryblue, CricketPress, Kin Ship Press, Sean Tully, Emily Adams and more!!

Revelry will soon be featuring a special group showing of new screen-print art pieces based on the themes of either “Love” or “Not Love”.  All pieces are limited editions, signed and numbered and are affordably priced at $100 or less.  They are celebrating with a Valentines Party to kick it off on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Doors open at 6 p.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Exhibits run through March 10.

Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on January 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Porträt der Edith Schiele im gestreiften Kleid. 1915. Oil on canvas.


Self-Portrait With Arm Twisted Above Head. 1910. Watercolor.


The Artist's Wife. 1917.


Egon Schiele (1890-1918)  was an Austrian-born painter. He was a student of Klimt and is often categorized as an Expressionist.

Mellwood Art Center Now Has A Blog!

In Kentucky Gallery, Uncategorized on January 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Mellwood Art Center is located at 1860 Mellwood Avenue


K.A.S. Gallery is located in Mellwood Art Center, which is full of different galleries, cafes, and artist studios. Their new blog will be used to keep everyone informed about what’s going on there! Check it out at!

Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on January 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Untitled # 1336 (Scalapino Nu Shu), 2009–10 Apple tree, taxidermy Black Melinistic Pheasants, taxidermy Blue India Peacocks, taxidermy Black-Shouldered Peacocks, taxidermy Spaulding Peacocks, black sand from pig iron casting, Acrylex 234, black paint, cement, chicken wire fencing, wood, gravel, sisal, staging rope, cotton rope, insulated foam sealant, pipe, epoxy, threaded rod, wire, screws, jaw-to-jaw swivels 158 x 264 x 288 inches (401.3 x 670.6 x 731.5 cm)

Untitled #1287 (Tati), 2009 Taxidermy Canadian Goose, silk flowers, specially formulated wax, pearl-headed hat pins, pigment, tassels, silk/rayon velvet, thread, plywood, chicken wire fencing, quick-link shackles, cable, metal hardware 55 x 42 1/2 x 19 inches (139.8 x 108 x 48.2 cm)

Untitled #1240 (Black Cloud), 2007–08 Taxidermy birds, silk flowers, silk/rayon velvet, plaster statuary, feathers, specially formulated wax, cable, cable nuts, acrylic paint, black spray paint, plaster, chicken wire fencing, metal hardware, felt, pearl-headed hat pins, pigment, thread, wire, plywood, wood, threaded rod, jaw to jaw swivel 74 x 104 x 174 inches (188 x 264.2 x 442 cm)

Untitled #1274 (Death in Venice), 2003–08 Velvet hand-sewn over chandelier, ripped silk organza, hand painted silk flowers with wax, wire, silk/rayon velvet, cable, cable nuts, Velcro, thread, chain, quick-link shackles, jaw to jaw swivel 50 x 33 x 31 inches (127 x 83.8 x 78.8 cm) In background: Untitled #1262 (Late Spring), 2007-08


Petah Coyne is an American sculptor and photographer. The above works are from her recent show at MASS MoCA, titled “Petah Coyne: Everything That Rises Must Converge.” Here’s more information from the exhibit brochure about her recent work:

“This exhibition borrows its title from a short story written in 1963 by Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964). O’Connor’s writing, like the sculpture of Petah Coyne, takes dark turns while simultaneously referencing themes of human weakness, morality and redemption.

The works in this largest retrospective of the artist’s work to date range from her earlier and more abstract sculptures using industrial materials to newer works made of delicate wax. All of Coyne’s works take inspiration from personal stories, film, literature and political events. Coyne takes these sources and applies a Baroque sense of decadent refinement, imbuing her work with a magical quality to evoke intensely personal associations.

Together these diverse yet intimately connected periods of Coyne’s practice make evident an evolution, which highlights the artist’s own blend of symbolism alongside an innovative use of materials including black sand, car parts, wax, satin ribbons, trees, silk flowers, and taxidermy.

Coyne’s works both rise and converge at MASS MoCA, making palpable the inherent tensions between vulnerability and aggression, innocence and seduc- tion, beauty and decadence, and, ultimately, life and death.”


Revelry Gallery Opens Two Contemporary Art Exhibits this Friday

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist, Kentucky Gallery on January 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm
In the Main Gallery, Louisville native Ezra Kellerman presents his new collection of contemporary conceptual drawings.  These large-format installations on reclaimed wood are built like poems or formulas with contrived and appropriated images assembled as symbols and metaphors.
In the REV Gallery, professional glass blower, Miah Hunt presents a new collection of grounded and suspended glass pieces.  This work explores the shape and flow of objects in nature and the effect of gravity on matter. William McAvinue co-exhibits.
Everyone is invited to come take part in the refreshments, art, music, and dynamic social scene!
Artists’ reception Friday, January 14 from 6:00- 10:00

See It Now: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati

In See It Now on January 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto: Disappearances

September 18, 2010 – January 30, 2011

Curated by Justine Ludwig
Level 2 (Lower)

For this installation, Turner-Yamamoto uses elements such as plaster and paint chips to create sculptural works and a series of paintings which together are meant to comment on fragility and transience in the human world.  The painting series (see above image), Pentimenti, utilizes a gilding technique inspired by medieval icons.

Disappearances is part of a larger regional project. Concurrent to this show, Turner-Yamamoto’s installation Hanging Garden was on view at Holy Cross Church—the abandoned chapel located in the Monastery in Mount Adams. Hanging Garden is a sculpture consisting of two trees—a live tree perched atop a dead one—with roots intertwined.  While surveying the grounds of the chapel, Turner-Yamamoto found the pieces of plaster and paint chips used in Disappearances. The installation was taken down on October 17th, but there is a picture of it below.

Both Disappearances and Hanging Garden are a part of Turner-Yamamoto’s Global Tree Project, an international art initiative that seeks to open and affirm connections between audiences and the natural world.

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto was born in 1965 in Osaka, Japan and studied fresco painting in Kyoto.  He has exhibited around the world, from India to Ireland, and is committed to using historic and natural elements in his work as meditations on the environment.


Hanging Garden: Holy Cross Church at the Monastery in Mt. Adams, 2010.



Contemporary Jewelry by Claudio Bracco

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm

These Dutch Brooches by Claudio Bracco are cast from potato sprouts! They are the perfect example of how you really can find inspiration anywhere. Happy Tuesday!


Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on January 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Gas. 1940.



New York Movie. 1939.



Night Windows. 1928.



House by the Railroad. 1925.


Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is an American painter and printmaker, and his work presents us with his personal vision of modern American life. All of the above works are a part of the Museum of Modern Art’s collection.


Neil Callander’s Upcoming Show

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist on January 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Dusty's Tapes, 20″ x 20″ oil on linen on panel, 2010.

Neil Callander, an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Louisville, will show Basement Paintings at the Kentucky School of Art on Sunday January 9th from 3-5. The show will run through January 31st. The show consists of paintings from the last 3 years that were created in (and affected by) Neil’s basement-studio. Refreshments will be provided.

To see more of Neil’s work visit his website.

See It Now: Debra Lott at K.A.S Gallery

In Kentucky Gallery, See It Now on January 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Debra Lott is a figurative oil painter and art educator. From January 2nd to February 2nd, she will be exhibiting her work at the Gallery. Come by and check it out! View more of Debra’s work and read her bio here.