Monday, June 4, 2012

Inkternal: Kari Lindstrom and Sky Pape

A few weeks ago I went to the opening of Inkternal... an exhibition of the work of Kari Lindstrom and Sky Pape at the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY (30 min. north of Manhattan along the Hudson River).  The show was curated by Shari Lin Fischberg.  The opening night of the show featured performances by Kari Lindstrom in Hopper's backyard garden.  According to the Art Center's website...
Inkternal showcases the recent work of New York City based artists Sky Pape and Kari Lindstrom.  Working within the historical context of sumi ink brush painting, the artists’ practices reflect clarity, simplicity, and contemplation. The resulting abstract images speak to our internal and external natures.  Pape moves the material in new directions, and Lindstrom experiments by drawing with innovative technology.

The Work of Kari Lindstrom

The Work of Sky Pape

*** ©Sky Pape, all rights reserved. Courtesy June Kelly Gallery, NY. Photo Credit: Jean Vong Photography

More images of Sky's art from her website...

Here are a few thoughts...

The work of both artists meshed very well together.  The exhibition presented the work of both artists side by side as opposed to relegating separate rooms for each artist.

The art of Kari and Sky is subtle, modest, and meditative.  This kind of work has a calming affect on the senses.  In a fast paced and technological world where we are in front of computer screens, have our ears to cell phones, and are bombarded with news and images from mass media outlets around the globe, we can all benefit from walking into an art gallery and quietly contemplate the intricate gestures of Kari Lindstrom's art and the organic fluid forms of Sky Pape's.  Thanks you for that experience Kari and Sky.

I thought the breadth of work Kari exhibited (sculpture, drawing, video, performance) gave the audience the opportunity to explore many different perspectives of her interest in organic patterns and body movement.  Her performances tied together her sculpture and drawing which at first glance was difficult to see the connection between the two.

Sky's large sized sumi ink drawings are very beautiful and etherial.  But thats not all she does.  After viewing her work on her website it became apparent to me that the art exhibited at Inkternal was just a fraction of the styles and mediums that Sky has worked with.  Its impressive to see such a varied exploration of nature and traditional drawing materials.  I would very much like to see an exhibition that highlights the range of her art.

Kari's performances were really fresh.  The dancers next to her flowing sculptures drapped over trees whirling to the live flute music was not weird or out of place.  The dancers did not distract from the sculpture or the music.  They all seemed to blend together and added to the meaning of each instead of detracting meaning from each.  The other performances she did were more entertaining than the first.  Kari and another dancer slowly danced to the saxaphone on a large white sheet of paper holding charcoal in their hands.  As they danced they drew.  Then Kari and two other dancers drew on a large black sheet of paper pinned up on a wall with white chalk to the sound of a solo sax player.  So often it seems performances over step their bounds.  They can come across as artsy fartsy, way too conceptual, or flat out bizarre.  Kari's performances enhanced her art... that should be the goal for performances that incorrporate art-objects.

As a side note... a very cool video was just uploaded from TED Talks of dancing, light, and music.  FYI this is not the work of Kari Lindstrom.

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