Five Artists with Unique Approaches to Using Line in Their Work Featured in Baton Rouge Gallery’s ‘Fine Lines’
Join us for the final exhibition of Baton Rouge Gallery's 50th anniversary year!
Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”), a BREC facility, invites visitors to join five Louisiana-based contemporary artists in examining the use of line in contemporary art with Baton Rouge Gallery’s final exhibition of its 50th anniversary year, Fine Lines.
The artists featured in this exhibition are Rob Carpenter, Rosemary Goodell, Randell Henry, Kathleen Lemoine and Steve Schmidt.
This exhibit is the last of four 2016 exhibitions – scheduled in part to celebrate BRG’s 50th anniversary – which offer a select group of artists each presenting complementary bodies of work addressing a singular concept.
Fine Lines will be on exhibit at BRG through December 28, 2016 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12-6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday).
A ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Reception will be held at the gallery (1515 Dalrymple Drive) to celebrate the exhibition on December 7 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public.
On Sunday, December 11, the gallery will host its monthly ARTiculate Artist Talk with the month’s featured artists. Each will offer visitors the opportunity to hear about the inspirations, techniques and stories behind the work on exhibit. This event is always free to attend and begins at 4 p.m.
ARTISTS FEATURED IN FINE LINES
Rob Carpenter plays with line to create calculated, eye-pleasing hand-drawn tapestries. Deliberately and repetitiously, Carpenter draws each line then layers those lines until they fuse together to become one surface. Upon the completion of each time consuming layer, he steps back and recalculates his next stratum. He adapts and reacts by adjusting line weight, color interaction and the new line's directional effect on texture. His process is monotonous and tedious but his finished work is expressive and impressively crafted.
A Mississippi native, Carpenter earned his B.S. in History at Mississippi State University and M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing at Louisiana State University. Carpenter has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine and New American Paintings and has received two grants for outdoor sculpture and painting.
Rosemary Goodell is known as both a painter and printmaker with her own non-objective lexicon. In recent years her work has focused on monotype prints that are brightly colored and make use of a series of hand-created shapes she has grown fond of. The works on display in this exhibition are the result of her time at Josephine Press in Santa Monica, CA.
Goodell was awarded a visual artist fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. In 1998, she received Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellowship to study and travel in Japan. She completed a painting fellowship at Skidmore College in 1996 and a residency in painting at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont in 2001. She has been an artist member at BRG since 1982.
Randell Henry's mixed media collages and paintings showcase his approach to creating art which involves the use of improvisational methods of playing with shape, color and pattern. With influences from abstract expressionism, cubism and African and Asian art, Henry explores dreams through his surrealistic collage images.
Henry's paintings have been on view in galleries and museums from New Orleans to Ghana. Henry’s work has been exhibited at Southern University Museum of Art, The West Baton Rouge Museum, Dallas Museum of African American Art, The Museum of Arts and Science in Daytona Beach, Florida and The National Museum of Ghana. A Professor of Art at Southern University, Henry currently serves on the Board of Directors at BRG (where he’s been an artist member since 1985) and The DeBose Foundation.
In her most recent work, Kathleen Lemoine combines geometric abstraction with painting themes and ideas she has worked with for many years. Using acrylic and encaustic media, she creates groupings of works that explore shape, color and line.
Lemoine was born in New Orleans Louisiana, moving at an early age to Baton Rouge Louisiana. Until recently, the south Louisiana landscape had always been an important theme in her work, though many may see references to it in these newer pieces.
Lemoine has exhibited her work regionally and nationally. Residencies and conferences brought her to North Adams and Provincetown, Massachusetts and Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Honors include a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship as well as grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Encaustic Works 12 (A Biennial International Juried Exhibition in Print) and Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper & Encaustic.
Steve Schmidt’s latest works see the artist continue to mine the intuitive process of applying paint to canvas that has been his signature for decades. His paintings evoke the indefinable instead of defining the obvious, and by offering the viewer intuitive meaning from shared experiences, establishes a communion which is felt rather than reasoned. His abstract work calls on the ineffability of nature as a driving force behind them.
Steve Schmidt was born in Baton Rouge. He was worked with the East Baton Rouge Parish Talented Art Program as an Art Instructor and Baton Rouge Community College. He has twice attended The Atlantic Center for the Arts, working with artists David Salle and Gregory Amenoff, who have influenced him greatly. Schmidt has also attended the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, NY, the Contemporary Arts Center in Pittsfield, Mass. and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
If you would like more information on Fine Lines, other exhibitions, programming or events at Baton Rouge Gallery, please contact us at 225.383.1470.