Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Catherine Kehoe: The Difference Between Things

Dr. K's new hat, 2010

Catherine Kehoe
The Difference Between Things
March 18 - April 19, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, March 25th 6 - 8pm

Alabaster Compote, 2010

Howard Yezerski Gallery is pleased to present The Difference Between Things an exhibition of new paintings by Catherine Kehoe. Pairing Kehoe's self-portraits and still-lifes, The Difference Between Things accentuates Kehoe's versatility as a painter. In both her still-lifes and her self-portraits, we see Kehoe's signature painterly style, the angular planes of lights and darks that she creates with her broad brushstrokes and mastery of color. Continuing to work on a small scale, Kehoe's paintings have a remarkably commanding presence, which captures the viewer's attention.

Kehoe works very quickly on her portraits whereas she can spend over a month on her still-lifes.  What's produced, however, are two painting styles, which have subtle, yet important differences. Her portraits are intense, vigorous paintings, which are driven by Kehoe's strong and expressive voice. The still-lifes on the other hand reveal the painstaking process through which they are created in their intricacy and detail of color and light. "A Little Nuance" is the title of an essay written by William Corbett for the exhibition catalogue; The Difference Between Things asks us to look for those nuances in Kehoe's paintings.

Catherine Kehoe will be giving a talk about her work at Massachusetts College of Art and Design this Thursday, March 24th, 2011.  Refreshments will be served at 6 pm and the talk begins at 6:30 pm.  The talk will be held at 621 Huntington Avenue in 406 Kennedy. This event is free and open to the public.

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