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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The G2 Gallery Exhibit - Nature L.A.: Robert Glenn Ketchum

1503 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
~ presents ~ 
"Nature LA:  Robert Glenn Ketchum"
March 29, 2011 - April 24, 2011

From March 29th to April 24th, The G2 Gallery in Venice is going to exhibit some very interesting aspects of my work, a seldom-viewed embroidery, and 18-panels of a repeating leaf motif that is part of my new experimentation in the digital darkroom.
 

The multi-panel leaf motif pays homage to Andy Warhol's camouflage repeat.  The first complete part of this repeat was originally created as a 6-panel  screen with each panel measuring 6ft tall by 22in wide. When exhibited, it occupies a 6ft x 12ft wall space with over-the-top colored leaves larger than your hands. It is called, 'CHOOSE JOY'.


When the divisions between the panels are removed, the 'CHOOSE JOY' leaf repeat joins at the seam and numerous symmetries become apparent. Subsequent panels play with these symmetries in various ways while always remaining within the repeat of the background leaf motif. The next six panels of repeat, 'NAVIGATING THE DARK WOOD OF ERROR' emphasize hearts and butterflies while losing color and initiating the morphing of leaf groups within the repeat.  


'CONFUSED BY BUTTERFLIES', the third group of six panels, reintroduces color in the leaves, but continues the exploration of their morph. Butterflies are accentuated to an absurd degree, some appearing almost like painted graffiti, and the background color begins to shift. The now 18-panel leaf repeat is still recognizable, but transformed and shifting to a new color spectrum which will be addressed further in the next 6-panels, imagery I am now constructing.


I have NEVER had the opportunity to display all 18 of these panels in a continuous form, so I am grateful to G2 for giving me the space. Please come and see these vibrant new pieces derived from my vast library of landscape photography.   


In a rare public display, G2 will also offer the most beautiful embroidery of all that I have done, 'CAN'T SEE THE TREES FOR THE FOREST'. This is a 2-sided, 3-panel standing screen with some very unique hand-dyed areas of black - they appear, then disappear, depending on the light. You must see this actual embroidery to fully understand the magic of it. 'CAN'T SEE THE TREES FOR THE FOREST' is privately owned and has only been on public display once for my 45-year retrospective at the Amon Carter Museum in Texas. This is a unique opportunity to view an extraordinary embroidery that has had little public exposure. Don't miss this.

1503 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
~ presents ~ 
"Nature LA:  Robert Glenn Ketchum"
March 29, 2011 - April 24, 2011