August 3 – September 2

New work by Easthampton artist Kim Carlino.

Kim Carlino is an interventionist, mining the space between painting and drawing. She explores the evolutionary nature of mark making and relationships between color, geometry, line, form and design. In this series, she begins with the language of painting, creating an organic and fluid form to improvise into. This is an arena in which pattern and form engage and accentuate the contradictions, opposites and contrasts that exist in this fabricated world. These works playfully employ shifts of scale, opticality, illusion and disillusion of space and a nonlinear construction of time in hopes of finding equanimity in disparate elements. This is Part I of a two-part show. Visions of a Fragmented Landscape, Part II, will show at the von Auersperg Gallery at Deerfield Academy in November.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 3rd, in conjunction with Amherst Arts Night Plus, from 5pm to 8pm; an artist reception will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd, from 6pm to 8pm.

About Kim Carlino:
Kim works in Easthampton, MA. She received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011. Her exhibits in the US include shows at the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Amherst, Caelum Gallery in NYC, ArtPrize, Gallery 263 and Bromfield Gallery in Boston; MASS MoCA, and as featured artist in the Pierogi Flat Files and Boston Drawing Project. She was a member on the team of artists that installed the 25-year Wall Drawing Retrospective of Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA in 2008. Carlino received the Prutting Award for Painting and was the finalist for the Bromfield Solo Competition in 2014. In 2016, she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing and Printmaking, and in April 2016 was invited to be the Dehn Foundation Visiting Artist and Lecturer at Manchester Community College in Connecticut. In the summer of 2017, Carlino was selected for the exhibition SELECT at Garvey Simon Gallery in NYC, and will complete a public art project in Springfield, MA.

Q&A with Kim Carlino

How old were you when you created your first artwork?
I was in my early 20s when I made my first artwork with a capital A. However, I’ve been a maker my whole life, taking up needlework, knitting, sewing, building things, playing music, and writing stories from an early age.

How has your style changed over the years?
In my early 20s I lived in NYC and began studying Expressionistic painting with Avron Soyer at the New School. I was drawn to the emotional connection to color and the human figure was the vehicle. I would say that the interest in color has remained while the figure has been removed to focus more on interior landscapes.

Why did you choose your medium?
I wanted transparency, luminosity and the portability that paper and paper-like surfaces have. This desire led me to yupo and tyvek as my current surface of choice.

Any advice to young artists?
Keep going. It’s a marathon and requires the stamina to create a sustainable and healthy practice. Be open to failure– that’s how you know you’re on the right track.