May 19th 2013

Kellie Romany: Gestate

@ Arts Incubator in Washington Park

301 E Garfield Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Sunday, May 19th, from 2PM - 5PM

On view through Saturday, June 8th

Kellie Romany: Gestate
May 8 – June 8, 2013

RECEPTION: Sunday, April 19th, 2:00-5:00
ARTIST TALK: Sunday, April 19th, 3:00pm

Gestate is an exhibition of paintings that have an ethereal, bodily presence. Romany layers, smudges and drips paint onto the canvas, creating an allusion of transparency and lightness. The artist, who favors a palette of natural tones, is interested in engaging the history and materiality of the painting process as well as the subtleties of form that lay just beneath the surface.

“[They ]…look like innocent pours, but what is portrayed is almost old time ‘righteous’ 60’s feminism… like Hanna Wilke’s gum sculpture or Carolee Schneemennn’s performance photos. While extremely elegant, hovering in the background is a portal that oozes the hidden-made-visible, feminine body.” – Phyllis Bramson (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Painting and Drawing)

Artist Statement:
My body is a permeable and evolving entity that functions as a series of systems that I have very little control over. I am particularly interested in the reproductive cycle and the parts of it that cannot be easily seen. My painterly gesture reflects the bodily functions I am investigating. The paint is drained, poured, placed, and it oozes, drips, and wrinkles, just as the body does. The paint is coerced to be an illusion of something and is a reflection of a body, whether whole or partial.The scale of my paintings differs based on which part of the body I am suggesting.

The paintings of a smaller scale represent parts of the body that are not easily seen. They are meant to be a snapshot of something, a separated part of a larger entity. They are often the size of a human head or smaller and can be physically held by the viewer. The paintings of a larger scale are meant to confront the viewer and directly reflect the viewer’s body.

The space that the viewer would enter into, or that the viewer is reflected in, is clearly delineated. This gesture is meant to invite the viewer to metaphorically step into the piece and interpret the work.

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