Robischon Gallery is pleased to present
the third solo exhibition of
paintings by Karen Kitchel. In this new series of oil on panel works, Karen
Kitchel continues her highly-complex examination of landscape fragments while
also expanding the potential for their contextual and narrative implications. As
in grand opera, Kitchel's paintings employ technical virtuosity and visual excess
to transform common experience to dramatic spectacle.
Kitchel dismantles and paints the nuances
of a nearly monochromatic
locale. The modest details of the commonplace which Kitchel selects from this
understated, high plains landscape suggest the grandest of themes. Universal
questions are considered in the work regarding the relationship of predator and
prey and endless cycles of life and death.
This body of work expands
upon the extensive, encyclopedic-style
painting projects that Karen Kitchel has created for the past ten years, while
continuing to allude to the fragmentation and disruptions inherent to the
landscape itself. In the place of scenic vistas common in conventional
landscape painting, her composite works both acknowledge and challenge our
modern desire for a seamless, pastoral landscape bridging to past bodies of
work including Train Track Walks and East Meets West.
Natural Order: Notes for an Opera"
extends a complex
domestic/global narrative to her signature, multi-part landscape paintings. With
the concurrent, group exhibition Landscapes of Colorado, this new series
provides one artists uniquely thoughtful and in-depth view exploring landscape