08 June, 2012

Tip-Toe This Line

This critique of my work offers some insight into the lines I try to straddle.

Keep your ear to the ground and your heart in a safe place, you never know when you'll find yourself wandering...

   Coming into form, Casey Klahn's art strives to join the abstract with the ingenuity of landscape detail. You could say he tip-toes this line with ease, when in reality a line remains to be seen. The human eye is trained to view things which manifest in our hearts.

   The overall feel (of Klahn's art) refuses to be labeled with simple adjectives, rather wishes to be defined by thought patterns and feelings adapted into emotion. Keep your ear to the ground and your heart in a safe place, you never know when you'll find yourself wandering...

   This is a place where man has seldom come. The forest's age is conveyed with dynamic precision. The balance...would have to be its best quality. With just the right amount of color where it needs to be, you really get a sense of how much control the artist has with the instruments at his disposal.

   When it comes down to it, Casey Klahn's artwork has a mood all its own. The notion to single out a central theme or idea works against him in many cases, requiring his viewers to dig deep within themselves to try and identify a hidden meaning in many of his works.

   The human mind is only as open and deep as we make it, and Casey thrives on exploiting those pits which open in the deepest and darkest corners. This is what makes him such a proliferate artist and will continue to profile him for years to come.

Terry Gildow

There is a reception Friday, 5-9 PM at the Life Center Clearstory Gallery.  Color & Expression Now. (509)327-4422  
1202 N. Government Way, Spokane WA 99224.


Sonya Johnson said...

What a thoughtful and insightful review of your work, Casey. This river painting is really wonderful - it has such a strong design and great use of value.

Have fun at your gallery reception tonight, and I hope your paintings sport lots of red dots by the end of the show.

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Sonya!

Sara Mathewson said...

now that is a great critique and really so accurate! I can't wait to hear how the opening reception goes. Have a great time!

Celeste Bergin said...

"Casey Klahn's artwork has a mood all its own" <---I very much agree. Congratulations, Casey

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks you, Sara and Celeste. The opening went very fine. The food table was the best ever! It was interesting that my one buyer had taken my business card two years before, and had uncovered it just days ago while remodeling her house. The moral of the story is: I need to print some new business cards -I recently gave up on them.

Casey Klahn said...

The show looks beautiful, and fills the humongous space. The director, Susan Cowger, did a great job of hanging and the gallery is well lit.

It remains through August.

William Cook said...

I wonder what would happen to those lines--the visual structure of the piece--if the ground was white or another color, say burnt orange. Haven't I seen you experiment with that? This is stand-out piece, Casey--not one more or one less mark. Also not that it matters, but do you think Terry meant "prolific"? Might fit better than "proliferate". Forgive me. I so wish I could come to the show--what a trek. Any snapshots?

Casey Klahn said...

Hi, Bill! I'm waiting for the photographer to send me some professional pics. My own iPh images didn't like the lighting, although the show was nicely lit. It went very well.

I did do a couple images over orange, and I love doing that. Working with white right now, too. Next? My own grounds.

I looked up proliferate, and felt that it fit well. It is more interesting/unusual than prolific, but I think the meaning is close to the same. I'm not the wordsmith, though.

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