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Horizon Line Exhibit

  • Rogers-Traylor Art Building 212 Chestnut St Berea, KY, 40403 United States (map)
 Little Symbols of Your Devotion - Kathryn Jill Johnson

Little Symbols of Your Devotion - Kathryn Jill Johnson

Exhibit runs through February 17
Berea College Doris Ulmann Galleries
Upper Traylor Gallery

From the artist:

While I am influenced by the southern tradition of narrative figure painting, my work focuses mainly on drawing. My drawings have paint, of course, but they are not really paintingsā€”the drawn line is what tells the tale. I use painting and mixed media elements enhance the mark making, and reassert the shallow space of the picture plane.

The pops and veils of color and the stained surfaces provide a ragged sort of embellishment.  But line is what makes the edges and directs the characters and each mark provides a kind of unstable punctuation.My drawings are informed by psychoanalytic theory, symbolist poetry, and absurdist humor.

Each work has a cast of characters, images and elements, in flattened landscapes or ambiguous spaces. I set up these vignettes as a way of investigating what makes people be the way they are, but I am the worst sort of detective. I just like to pile up clues and rearrange them into melancholic jokes, farcical calamities and occasional moments of grace.

Kathryn Jill Johnson

Earlier Event: January 30
Ritual Exhibit
Later Event: January 30
A Buddhist View of Life and Death