Normal:The Journey Home:
Paintings by Jay Korff
Dec. 2-Jan. 29
Outside the Lines
1813 21st Ave. S.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Dec. 2
For information, call 292-8393
Monotypes: Works by Will
Berry and Glenn Goldberg
Through Dec. 18
1819 21st Ave. S.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Wed., Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
For information, call 256-4805
In a way, all art is about going places. Whether the intent is to evoke a physical destination or an emotional journey, most artists seek to take the viewer somewhere beyond the two- or three-dimensional realm of the actual art piece. Art lovers traveling to Hillsboro Village these days can have their passports stamped at two new exhibitions designed to transport them in such a fashion.
The paintings of Jay Korff at Outside the Lines were inspired by the artist’s own journey to Guatemala and Belize a year ago, and in the abstracted landscapes built from triangles and rectangles of tropical blue, green, and gold the viewer may find something of what Korff discovered in those countries. Korff, whose full-time career is as a news reporter for WKRN-Channel 2, is a self-taught artist who has been painting for five years. In that time, he has won awards in several juried competitions and been featured in shows at Nashville’s Midtown Gallery.
“The whole notion of travel, landscape, and terrain is a powerful force in my life,” says Korff, whose broadcast career has taken him from his home near Philadelphia to Indiana and Wisconsin to Montana to Nashville. “I didn’t realize how powerful until I started doing art.” During his sojourn in Central America, Korff was most impressed by the beauty of the countryside and the warmth of the people. He cites the coast of Belize and its barrier reef, the second longest in the world, as having the most lasting effects on him as an artist. The resulting canvases allude to human existence in the simple houses that lean against a hillside or along the shoreline, but the scenes are otherwise unpopulated. Stark, intense fields of gold, purple, turquoise, and red radiate the heat of a tropical afternoon.
“Solitude is a recurring theme in my artwork,” Korff says. “As a reporter, I work in an atmosphere of controlled chaos, and I think my art portrays my need, and possibly that of others, to escape deadlines and seek refuge in a simpler time and place.” That escape is more intuitive than conscious when it comes to translating a travel experience into art, according to Korff. “I don’t think too much, and I don’t sketch it out,” he says. “I just let the paintbrush take me where it wants to go.”
If Korff’s paintbrush takes the viewer to a tropical state of mind, the excellent new show at Zeitgeist Gallery, just down the street from Outside the Lines, takes the viewer into a very different place. The prints on view are the work of Will Berry, a Franklin native who has lived in New York City for 10 years, and Glenn Goldberg, a Brooklyn boy who migrated as far as Manhattan’s Lower West Side. The two artists share studio space in New York, and over the course of the past year, they worked closely, though separately, on one-of-a-kind prints for the show. Rather than a collaboration, the artists call the effort a conversation, and indeed the works do seem to speak to each other in sometimes contrasting, sometimes complementary, terms.
All the works are monotypes, a print process in which an original painting is made on a copper plate. Then, while still wet, the plate is covered with dampened paper and run through a mechanical press. When the paper is peeled off the plate, an inverted image of the painting appears within the outline of the plate, resulting in a unique work of art that cannot be repeated.
Berry’s monotypes are all constructed on a horizontal plane, Goldberg’s on the vertical. Both use the same 11-by-15-inch format. The pale color washes and rippling lines of Berry’s abstract prints easily evoke thoughts of sea and sky. Goldberg’s traffic-light bright colors and forms suggestive of neon lights and signs take us right to the street. Berry’s works soothe and seduce with their pale peach, white, and sea-green tones, while Goldberg’s jolt us with their sharp colors and urban shapes. Both artists’ works encourage a mental journey to a place outside our everyday sphere of experience.
Berry and Goldberg are highly trained, experienced artists with works in major galleries and public and private collections around the country. Korff, by his own admission, is just beginning his journey as an artist. Berry’s and Goldberg’s monotypes are certainly more subtle and complex than Korff’s abstract acrylic landscapes, but the ticket to the viewer’s imagination that each artist offers is equally valid.
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