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A couple of days ago, we brought you an artist spotlight on Richard Ross. Richard is simply, a Kettle icon. His work is well known throughout Deep Ellum & the greater Dallas community.

Today we travel to the other end of the spectrum and bring you a Kettle newcomer, Aralyn McGregor.

She may be a newcomer to Kettle, but make no mistake; her work is first class. It is refined. It is layered. It is beautiful.

Doubt us? Visit her website (www.aralynmcgregor.com) to see each panel of her mural up-close & personal! Each panel is gorgeous. Period.

George Fowler should be high-fived many times over for introducing us to her wonderful paintings. (Seriously, he did a great job curating this exhibit!)

So without further delay, Kettle is proud to bring you this virtual sit down with Aralyn McGregor.

Enjoy …

 

Aralyn McGregor

Kettle – Please tell us a little about yourself (give a brief bio).
 
Aralyn – The arts are a central binding thread in my family; they inspired the growth of my passion, career, and pursuit of art. I studied at the University of North Texas, and during my senior year interned with the Cedars Art Gallery. I have shown my work in three collaborative exhibitions at the Cedars, and also exhibited my first solo show there in 2009. Upon completion of my BFA in Studio Art in 2009, I immediately began teaching art at Williams Preparatory. Teaching at both the middle school and high school level, I had the honor in establishing the first AP Studio Art program for the Dallas charter school. Teaching and bonding with the students was truly an unforgettable experience. However, the limited hours of focusing on my own pursuit of painting posed an incessant internal conflict, and I have since left teaching in order to focus on my love affair with painting and the creation of art. I am thrilled to be participating in Fractal Logic; my first professional show since I began teaching, and I look forward to delving back into the Dallas art community as a full-time artist.
 
 Kettle – When did you first discover your creative side & how long have you been pursuing the creative life?
 
Aralyn - As I mentioned, my family is founded upon creativity. My brother, dad and I recorded music together, my sister and I share photography, my mother and I both sing and create art. My extended family puts on elaborate themed parties with planning and production starting sometimes a year in advance, which remains a fantastic support for inspiration. Creativity in action was a core element in my upbringing, and continues to be a central force in the structuring of my own journey.  
 
Kettle – Do you have formal training, or are you self taught?
 
Aralyn - While at UNT, I modeled for figure drawing classes throughout Dallas. It was a wonderful invitation into artists’ studios to watch them work. I’ve learned much from working at figure painting workshops as well as with individual artists. I’ve always been drawn towards figurative art, and having the opportunity to collaborate with such a variety of artists has certainly influenced my work. 
 
 
Kettle – Could you please describe your latest body of work?
 
Aralyn - I’m fascinated by the malleability of memory. Every time you recall a memory, you are reshaping it in light of new experiences. The most fictional memories tend to be those most often reflected upon; those memories that nourish our identity and sense of self. I wanted to create a series of works exploring this concept.  The mural is composed of representational images that have been distorted, altered, and layered, some even to the point of abstraction. Images of fields, leaves, an empty street, and a girl are repeated throughout the work, but nothing substantial or conclusive can be extracted. With the intent of the viewer returning to it again and again, I hope that some new element would be revealed, providing resolution. I wanted the viewer to feel almost uncomfortable by not fully grasping a narrative. 
 
Kettle – Why did you settle on this particular medium & style?
 
Aralyn – I love working with oil paint, as it allows me to experiment with effects, shedding new light on a traditional medium. In this series, oil allowed for the layering and distortions that represent my experience of memory. 
 
Kettle – Where did you find the inspiration for your most recent work?
 
Aralyn – I find there are certain images and symbols that repeatedly appear in my work. I can connect some of these to memories, and I am still trying to figure out the source of others. If I revisit them and recreate them in enough paintings and drawings, perhaps they’ll reveal themselves in time.

 I can’t say I sit down at the easel to build upon a mission or central idea; it’s really more of a reduction process. At this point, I’m still very interested in exploring a variety of themes and ideas, and I love working with all sorts of 2-D media. The more work I produce, the more apparent these repeated images and ideas are.

Kettle – “Fractal Logic” is a bit different than what most people experience with a traditional group show being that each piece was part of a larger whole. How did that affect the way you approached your work? Did you find it to be more challenging, or did you find that it gave you more creative license?

Aralyn - I found this format to be the perfect balance of creativity and challenge. Too many boundaries challenges creative, individual expression; but too much freedom is just as difficult. Creativity thrives when there’s a problem to solve.

Kettle – What most intrigues you about your latest show at Kettle Art? Why?

Aralyn – George did a beautiful job assembling this group of artists for the show. We all presented our own diverse solution to the mural challenge. The work was consistent in quality and I am glad to have been grouped with such great artists. 

Kettle – Have you shown at Kettle Art in the past? When? What shows?

Aralyn- This is my first show at Kettle, and hope to work with Kettle again one day.

Kettle – What do you want viewers to take away from your work at this show?

Aralyn – I welcome and encourage personal, original interpretations of my work. As I stated earlier, I’m hoping viewers will want to return to this series again and again, gaining something new with each visit.

Kettle – What’s next for you creatively? Where can one see more of your work?

Aralyn - Right now I’m working on a variety of commissions, and I’m looking forward to participating in La Reunion’s Art Chicas program in the fall. I’m teaching a watercolor course at Make and Made Studio in the Bishop Arts District as well.

“Fractal Logic” wraps up this week at Kettle Art in Deep Ellum. Get down & see it soon. 

Next up is a large group show full of new faces & quite a few you already know and love. It is to be curated by Clint Scism. Please come by and check out the opening on August 18th. As always, you won’t be disappointed. Seriously!

The Fractal Logic mural show has been up for a while now & I hope that you have been down to Kettle to see this amazing show. George Fowler did an incredible job curating. He really knocked it out of the park.

If you haven’t been down to see the show yet. You best get down there! It won’t be up much longer.

It is also fitting to have Richard Ross bless us with our first (& possibly only) artist spotlight from this show.

Enjoy …

Richard Ross

 
Kettle – Please tell us a little about yourself (give a brief bio).
 
Richard – I usually make stuff up for this kind of question, because I’m just a simple person, and the truth would be boring.
 
 
Kettle – When did you first discover your creative side & how long have you been pursuing the creative life?
 
Richard - As long as I can remember, I’ve felt the desire to create rather than destroy. This has led me down several paths in my life.
  
Kettle – Do you have formal training, or are you self taught?
 
Richard - Both.  I was never a good student when I did take classes. I nearly failed art in highschool, twice.  My last college art instructors gave me a studio to go and work in by myself. They said they couldn’t teach me anything, but it was also when I had my biggest breakthroughs. I also learn a little from everyday and everything, so I can’t say I’m my own teacher. I’m just a constant student of my own life.
 
 
Kettle – Could you please describe your latest body of work?

Richard - It’s a look at conflict and how conflict seems needed to make progressions in our humankind struggles.

Kettle – Why did you settle on this particular medium & style?

Richard – I like to keep things simple.

Kettle – Where did you find the inspiration for your most recent work?

Richard – From a quote by TE Lawrence in “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dream with open eyes, to make it possible”

I found the quote while researching the political scientist/philosopher Gene Sharp and his works.

Kettle – “Fractal Logic” is a bit different than what most people experience with a traditional group show being that each piece was part of a larger whole. How did that affect the way you approached your work? Did you find it to be more challenging, or did you find that it gave you more creative license?

Richard - It was easier in that it was a single concept, but more difficult in that it took over 100 pieces to convey that concept.

Kettle – What most intrigues you about your latest show at Kettle Art? Why?

Richard - I am impressed by the work of the artists in the show. I knew I was fortunate to be included in the show, and I am impressed by the commitment and work each artist brought into their pieces.

Kettle – Have you shown at Kettle Art in the past? When? What shows?

Richard – yes, and too many times to list.  Two solo shows there are some of my high lights with Kettle.

Kettle – What do you want viewers to take away from your work at this show?

Richard – I want them to take the work, so I don’t have to store it… No, actually I think I’d like people to see that there’s substance in simple things. That as primitive as my work may appear on the surface, there is deep running meanings underneath.

Kettle – What’s next for you creatively? Where can one see more of your work?

Richard - I’m still continuing my journey on the road to the store.

“Fractal Logic” wraps up this week at Kettle Art in Deep Ellum. Get down & see it soon. 

Next up is a large group show full of new faces & quite a few you already know and love. It is to be curated by Clint Scism. Please come by and check out the opening on August 18th. As always, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

On Saturday, July 23rd, Kettle Art opens it’s doors for a one-of-a-kind event titled “Fractal Logic” & curated by local Dallas artist, George Fowler. We recently sat down with George via internet connection to talk briefly about the upcoming show.

Enjoy …

   

George Fowler
www.georgefowlersculpture.com

 

Kettle – Just so everyone can get to know you a bit better, George, can you tell is a bit about yourself?

George - I am a self-taught metal sculptor born and raised on a cattle ranch in East Texas. Working with my hands from an early age, my professional experiences include working as a mechanic and machinist. A practical background in mechanical engineering tempered with an appreciation for beauty can be seen in much of my work. Two main themes in my sculptures are the synchronicity of disparate elements as well as the contrast of the idea of fleeting beauty in juxtaposition of the relative permanence that metal affords the sculptor.
Flora and fauna are prominent in my art as well as the human form. Wire and sheet metal are my primary materials as I enjoy the permanence of metal. Materials such as paper, wood, and found objects also find their way into my work to function as accent. The bulk of my pieces are created entirely using hand tools to cold pound delicate lines and forms into metal.
I have been working as a professional sculptor in Dallas for three years. My sculptures have been featured at Kettle Art, Studio Fling, Art Hotel, Sun to Moon Gallery and Jannett Kenedy Gallery as well as with the Dallas Nomads and Dallas Independent Arts Community. My work began attracting critical attention in 2008 with a solo show at Hal Samples Gallery. In August of 2009 I became a featured artist at Cameron Gallery and Ross Akard Gallery where I continue to show today.

Kettle – How long have you been in the Dallas art scene? In particular, how did you become involved with Kettle Art?

George - I have been working as a professional artist in Dallas for about five years.  Kettle was the first gallery I ever showed work in.  It was their first annual “Spring Cleaning” show. 

Kettle – Why did you decide to curate a show at Kettle?

George - Kettle is a storied Deep Ellum institution founded on giving unknown and up and coming artists a chance to exhibit work.  I have had a very positive relationship with Kettle from the beginning.  They have helped myself as well as countless others launch their artistic careers.  To this end I try to support Kettle as much as I can despite the fact that I am at a different point in my career.  They asked me to do a solo show about six months ago and I accepted on the condition that I could instead curate a group show that included some of my favorite Kettle artists. 

Kettle – The name of this show is “Fractal Logic.” Where did you get the name? How did you arrive at that title?

George - The word fractal means the quality of having the same pattern on every conceivable level or scale.  I referenced logic in the title because I think most artist exhibit work based mostly on what they are interested in at the time rather than what will be appreciated by patrons.  It seems only logical to me that certain price points and subject matter should be the focus of an artist wishing to sell work.  All seven of the artists have created 6’x8′ murals that break into smaller individual pieces for sale.  So it is fractal in the sense that the show as a whole, the murals, and each individual piece exhibits the same fractal purpose and logic in terms of sales.  It is affordable art by underground Dallas artists on every level. 

Kettle – What is this show about? What is its theme?

George - Each artist will create a large mural that when viewed from afar is one cohesive piece. In reality the mural will be made from at least a dozen smaller canvases, boards etc. hung edge to edge. The size of each small piece is up to the artist as long as the mural fits into the space allotted to each artist. Each of these small pieces should be able to stand alone as its own piece.

When people come in the gallery they see seven large murals. Upon closer inspection they realize they can buy one of the pieces that makes up the murals for between $20 and $400. When the customer removes even one piece it appears to be a piece in and of itself and the overall message of the mural remains.

Kettle – Where did you come up with the idea? What was your inspiration?

George – Kettle Art has a good exposure rate and reputation in the community and in greaterDallas. They regularly sell work in the $50-$500 range and all of the included artists have collectors interested in their work especially in this price range. The issue is that pieces in this price range tend to be small and underwhelming when seen as a whole gallery. We tend as artists to want to produce large visually striking pieces that often don’t sell for long periods of time. I had an idea that will incorporate the best of both worlds.  My inspiration was both Kettle’s mission statement as well as the work of several artist friends of mine who are in the show.

Kettle – Who are the artists that are represented in this show & can you tell us a bit about each one?

George - They are in no particular order: 

Hatziel Flores is a surreal/realistic acrylic painter with strong influences from graffiti and other underground culture. 

Minji Watrous is a multi-faceted artist who works with wood, paint and resin to create beautiful but visually dark pieces.

Corey Godfrey is a fabric sculptor who uses primarily yarn to create vivid and surreal images on flat surfaces.

Richard Ross is a prolific illustrator who creates archetypes and technical methods unique to his creative world.

Lisa Lindholm is a primarily figurative oil painter who often uses distortion and emotion to great effect.

Aralyn McGregor is a mixed media painter who is quite skilled in creating atmospheric and figurative juxtaposition.

And myself, George Fowler, a metal sculptor who primarily uses wire and sheet metal to create metaphors with representational flora and fauna.

Kettle – Why did you choose them? What did they have in common (or not) that made you want them all in a show together?

George - You might say they all are surreal or mostly figurative but the bottom line in my decision was they are my favorite artists who have shown at Kettle.  They are all extremely talented, hard working, and underrated which is what Kettle is always looking for in artists. I was interested in curation because it gives me a chance to manage and advise some of my favorite local artists.  Without being a dictator, I wanted to use each of these artists like a specialized tool to preform a specific task for the overall show.  I provided a series of guidelines for everyone and then worked with each individual artist to bring out what I felt would serve the show best.  I could without question pick six other Kettle artists who could have done a great job as well, these six are simply my personal standouts. 

Kettle – Describe what one can expect at the opening of this show.

George - I think it will be a sight to behold and a madhouse.  Everyone likes large artistic pieces but few can afford them.  Fractal Logic provides the former and solves the problem of the latter.  This combined with the talent and local popularity of all seven artists should make for a very good show.  

Kettle – Do you have any plans to curate a similar show in the future? If so, when & where?

George - I definitely would like to do another Fractal Logic show at Kettle or other venues and I am open to receiving offers from gallery owners.  My goal is to make Fractal Logic shows a meme or theme that resonates fractaly in the macrocosm art world in the same way that this specific show resonates fractaly in the microcosm art setting of Kettle.  The experience of curating my first show has been interesting.  I have enjoyed the challenge of managing and coordinating not just my own work, but the work of several other creative individuals. 

Kettle – Do you have any other shows coming up? (personal or otherwise)

George - I will be showing at the Affordable Art Fair in NYC in September and then doing a solo show at Ross Akard Gallery in November. 

Kettle – Where else can one see the work of George Fowler? 

George –

At Ross Akard Gallery (www.rossakard.com)
on my website (www.georgefowlersculpture.com)
on my facebook account (http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Fowler/1358796653)

“Fractal Logic” opens Saturday, July 23rd, at 7:00pm at Kettle Art in Deep Ellum. The show runs through mid-August. Please come by and check out the opening in person. It is definitely a show you won’t want to miss!

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