OPENING June 6, 2015
DURING THE FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWL DOWNTOWN
AND CONTINUING UNTIL june 24, 2015
Launching the gallery’s Fresh Art Summer season, The Arts Company presents two painting exhibitions: Charles Keiger: Thinking Theatrically is Atlanta-based Keiger’s fourth exhibition presented by The Arts Company, with a new series of paintings that entertain and challenge the viewer, with a range of visual clues that require the viewer to process what is implied n the unusual and dramatic situations that seem surreal. Jorge Yances--Magical Realism: A Nashville Perspective is a new series of paintings—in the style of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ magical realism--based on this artist’s impressions of Nashville from the late 1960s to the present. Both exhibitions open June 6, during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown, 6PM-9PM, continuing through June 24, during gallery hours, 11AM-5:00PM, Tuesday-Saturday.
Charles Keiger’s newest paintings are always highly anticipated at The Arts Company. His paintings suggest references to the style of Rene Magritte, legendary 20th=century painter, whose contradictory pairings of ordinary objects reveal visually a surreal reality beneath the surface of things. Keiger creates a stylized cast of characters and environments that create dramatic scenarios that require the viewer to explore inner feelings and perceptions presented through visual clues that are meticulously arranged. His style and unusual pairings invite repeated engagement from the viewer over time. His paintings are challenging and entertaining. He creates visual icons out of experiences and feelings widely shared in the contemporary world. We are given the images and clues to make sense of them, in an ongoing partnership with the artist.
Magical Realism: A Nashville Perspective
by Jorge Yances
After an already successful painting career in his native Colombia, Jorge Yances moved to Nashville in 1968 to continue painting in his preferred style of magical surrealism, heavily influenced by the literary style of Garcia Marquez. He continued sending work back to his native city of Cartagena, and introducing this traditional style of painting to Nashville. He established a gallery in Nashviile—the Palette Gallery in Hillsboro Village, designed to present other artists from his native country as well as from Nashville.