“Plein Ayuh” The Creative Realism of Ken Carlson Maine: Monkitree, 263 Water Street in Gardiner
will present an exhibition featuring the work of Ken Carlson entitled Plein Ayuh: The Creative Realism of Ken Carlson from November 13-January 9, 2016. The blank page offers a challenge to Ken Carlson and faced with the challenge, Ken is determined to have fun. Just as a jazz performer creates fresh melody over a repeating cycle of chord changes, Ken takes a familiar landscape and offers something surprising.
Familiar scenes of Gardiner become less familiar and more wondrous in the hands of Ken Carlson. His experience as an illustrator and cartoonist has had an impact on Ken Carlson’s painting style. Often working plein air, he frees himself to play with a landscape he is familiar with- adding elements, skewing perspective, tilting structures. Ken imbues buildings and landscapes with character. Whether it is a feed store bowing under the weight of its years or a new gazebo tilting toward a nearby sculpture, you can sense these structures have feelings.
Ken drew editorial cartoons for the Kennebec Journal from 1985-2002. He enjoyed watercolor color painting off and on over the years. Or so he thought, “I took my first workshop with Tony van Hasselt, then the fun began and I started painting Plein Air, or as I like to say, “Plein Ayuh.”
In addition to the opening reception on November 13th, there is an additional opportunity to view the work with the artist present during Artwalk Gardiner on December 4th from 5:30-8:30pm.
Monkitree is a fine art and craft gallery located at 263 Water Street in historic downtown Gardiner, Maine.