Kate Carvellas: Making a Mark on the World

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It’s appropriate that artist Kate Carvellas has a solo show at an Altadena Gallery known as McGinty’s Gallery at the End of the World. After all, Carvellas is intent on making her own marks on this earth – possibly, prolifically, all the way to the end of it.

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“When I began making art in 2004 after a hiatus of many years, it was made purely from either borrowed images or objects. But, slowly, over time, I began to make my own marks on my work.  That ‘marking’ has led to full blown abstract paintings that evolve either purely from my subconscious or using my own photographs as a springboard.  Abstracting reality,” Carvellas explains.

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Her works are dynamic and bold, and she wants to get bolder.

“I would love to create large, mixed media paintings that incorporate abstract painting, collage, assemblage and my photography. I can’t quite see that work in my mind’s eye yet.  But, I believe it is bubbling under the surface waiting to come out. I would also love to create large sculptural assemblages. Right now, the only thing holding me back is space and money,” she laughs.

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Carvellas’ sculptural pieces employ found objects. Her choice in materials is often based upon items that draw her to them. “I am drawn to the rusty and discarded. Old metal and wooden objects speak to me the most. I love uniting disparate objects that are old or used and giving them new life and meaning as part of a larger whole.”

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Whether working with sculpture or on canvas, the artist says her work “almost always comes from my subconscious and is intuitive.  I rarely know the meaning of my work until it is finished.”

When it comes to her assemblages, she notes that her work is like putting a puzzle together. She says it starts with “Looking through my collection of objects and finding ones that speak to me and to each other.” As to her paintings, she asserts they arise from one of two places.  “Either I will suddenly ‘see’ a painting in my mind’s eye and then need to get it onto canvas or I will use one of my photographs as a springboard. But, even then, the painting is intuitive.”

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Carvellas calls her favorite type of project whatever she is currently working on. She’s currently working on about four different series at one time.

“I would get horribly bored if I had to make the same kind of art all in a row, over and over again. The assemblages and paintings seem to satisfy different parts of me. The paintings are so healing. They bring to me to a place emotionally and mentally that I would say is close to bliss. The assemblages are more of a challenge.” 

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Want to see Carvellas mark her spot in the artistic world? Visit The Gallery at the End of the World this weekend, June 3rd & 4th during the Altadena and Pasadena open studios tour from 11 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Gallery at the End of the World is located at 2475 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA

Genie Davis; Photos provided by artist

Artists to Know: on Terra Firma

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Terra Firma has come and gone at Art Share, a terrific show that closed October 16th, one that we wish had stayed around longer – at least long enough for us to give the show itself it’s due.

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Like so many exhibitions at Art Share this was a group showthat reveled in carefully curated works by a variety of stellar artists:

Raudel Arteaga
Chelsea Bayouth
Kate Carvellas
Sarah Fulton
John Gauld
Carlos Grasso
Randi Hokett
Vincent Mattina
Jennifer Susan Jones
Abbie Weinberg

The use of clay and of dynamic materials that are of the earth, created a truly fascinating show, a cohesive mix of materials that each artist made malleable. We were fortunate enough to interview two of the artists, both of whom have upcoming shows – don’t miss them.

Randi Hokett will be participating in a group show opening November 19th, and running through January 21st, New Dimension, at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. We can’t wait to see what this fine artist will be displaying.

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At Art Share, Hokett’s stunning work with crystals lures viewers into a fairy-tale world that dazzles and dances with light. Creating her own crystals, she’s found that “Water is boiled, molecules open, and water accepts the minerals – then the crystals grow best through a cooling period. A piece has the best growth in the first 24-hours,” she reports.

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The science of her creations aside, Hokett creates startling, jeweled beauty that evokes wonder, awe, and a poignant reminder of that which is permanent and that which dissipates. Hokett started working in this format in January of last year. “Before that I worked in dry wall and wax,” she explains.

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Hokett’s work is raw and beautiful. The sharp textures of the crystals and the softness of the wax surfaces used in these pieces seems almost impossible to achieve, both delicate and strong, fragile and fantastic.

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“I was amazed at the beautiful things that grow out of the damages we accrue in life. I started building crystal sculptures out of cracks. I did some tests and it was kind of awesome. I started creating one piece a week. For me, what’s cool is to do something new.”

Work this fresh and vibrant is cool indeed.

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Kate Carvellas began creating her wonderful artwork assemblages out of found objects, but now also creates work made entirely from her own hand.

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Carvellas says the above piece, “The Beauty and Sorrow of Untapped Potential,” has “special meaning because so many of us have lives that didn’t necessarily go the way we thought they would. It represents the hope that we can still be and do that which will bring us joy and fulfillment.”

To the viewer, Carvellas has created her own language and patterns, containing what could be artifacts from a lost time or alien musings on humankind. The enigmatic patterns invite study, they are both intimately familiar and yet mysteriously wonderful.

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Above, “End Game,” pulls viewers into a new dimension, where common objects when combined create a riveting sculptural montage. Below, more great fusion, a touch of Steam Punk, a graceful combination of elements. There is a mute poetry in her work, a whimsical flourish that fuses smoothly with a sense of gravitas: respect for objects, respect for the weightiness of the earth and the lightness of imagination.

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The Pasadena-based artist describes her art as “an essential and intensely personal part of my life. It is my hope that when people see my work, it will somehow resonate with them on some level, be it intellectual, emotional or spiritual.”

Kate Carvellas will be featured in a solo show at The Gallery at the End of the World in Altadena in June 2017, and will have work in Gabba Gallery’s Wishlist coming up this November. Don’t miss her.

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Above, Carvellas with author, and Carvellas with artists Anna Stump and Ted Meyer.

As to Art Share – be on the look out for their next offering, Mirrors of the Mind, opening November 5th. The gallery is located at 801 E. 4th Street in the DTLA Arts District.

  • Genie Davis; Photos: Genie Davis

 

Four States of Matter

Group art curated by Leah C. Dixon at ArtX - all photos by Jack Burke
Group art curated by Leah C. Dixon at ArtX – all photos by Jack Burke

Sunday marked the closing of this small but stellar showcase for four states of matter – and four terrific artists.  Held at the Art Exchange in Long Beach, the show illustrates that matter itself can transcend it’s earthly anchor, and mutate into, well, art.

Neon artist Linda Sue Price used neon gas to shape her works.

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Linda Sue Price – neon

Solid matter? That’s Ron Therrio’s beautiful wood work.

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Kate Carvellas’ abstract sculptures represent the shift of liquid matter.

 

 

 

 

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Works by Ron Therrio, Kate Carvellas, and Alex Schaefer round out the exhibit.

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Alex Schaeffer – the element is fire

The exhibit was both playful and profound, another win for ArtX, which also sponsors monthly art walks and art activities, as well as hands-on arts classes.