Jenny Kemp has been exploring the possibilities of organic abstraction for just over a decade. To her, this fertile territory has provided the visual language and conceptual means in which she can examine a collection of ideas including biology and various histories of modern abstraction.
In Kemp’s vibrant paintings, space and light are built through the placement of intricate parallel lines that shift slowly in hue and intensity. Through the use of this stripe motif, she adopts references to mid 20th century abstraction such as minimalism and op art. She then purposely parts from this connection in an effort to embrace the hand-painted process and sensitive color relationships to construct personal spaces. Revealing time and illumination through gradations, one experiences the feeling of life and growth within biomorphic compositions that give reference to the body, reproduction, and change in both her paintings and animation.
There will be an opening reception to celebrate this exhibition on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 5:00 - 6:30pm.
The Mandeville Gallery is located on the second floor of the Nott Memorial, and is open daily from 10 am - 6 pm. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit our website, http://muse.union.edu/mandeville/
Image: Rush, 2017, acrylic on linen over panel, 40 x 30 inches