Gallery of Art, Craft, Design + Adornment
Location: 320 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 823-1100
Event: Selected Exhibition Opening: “Portraits: A Little Like Real Life”
featuring sculptures by Darren Beistle; oil paintings by Tracy Deer Kerdman; and mixed media
collages by Carleton Wing.
The exhibition will coincide with the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk
Saturday evening, January 10, 2015 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibit Dates: January 10 – February 21, 2015
Darren Beistle Tracy Deer Kerdman Carleton Wing
Description: Combining the work of these three artists into a cohesive exhibition is simply not a natural instinct. Much of their work doesn’t even come close to what we know a portrait should be. But what they share in common is the humanness of the human form — the personality and possibly the story behind what we know as traditional portraiture. This body of work by these three distinct artists is direct, intuitive, and entertains curiosity … the idea of what a portrait could be or could say about our contemporary culture.
Darren Beistle is a young sculptor from St. Petersburg with a clear and enthusiastic understanding of the human form. This past year he was awarded Best in Show in the Morean Art Center’s Members Exhibition for a stunning three-dimensional rendition of a full human figure sculpted from clay. His pieces are raw and emotion-charged. Tracy Deer Kerdman, a young oil painter who lives and works in New York City, appropriates internet images of boys’ faces and methodically, but uncharacteristically, pairs them with men’s suits, women’s pearls or odd uniforms. Her realistic portrait painting technique bends off-kilter with intentional hollowed black eyes, heads that float unattached to their bodies and hints of age and gender warps. Carleton Wing, who retired from his own gallery business in Kentucky and moved to Florida’s west coast, takes a more tongue-in-cheek approach to his computer-generated image making. His collaged works most often take 75 hours or more to come to fruition, with a library of images puzzled together in odd and sometimes discomforting portraits referencing history, dreams and over-the-top storytelling. His titles hint at the nature of his characters, often times with humorous or sarcastic remarks.
What these three artists really share in common is their use of the human figure, or portrait, in imaginative ways that hint at real life circumstances that go a step further than the direct facsimile of what traditionally consider a ‘portrait.’ Hence the title ‘A Little like Real Life.’
The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, January 10th, 2015, with an opening reception from 5-9 p.m. to meet the artists and will also coincide with St. Petersburg’s Second Saturday ArtWalk. Over 40 galleries and studios in the Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, Edge District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District come together as one arts destination. Michele Tuegel Contemporary is located at 320 Central Avenue, on the east end of the Central Arts District. An ArtWalk map and list of participants can be downloaded via the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance website at www.stpeteartsalliance.org.
The exhibition will run through February 21st. Gallery hours are 11-6 Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment. Phone 727.823.1100 for more information. You may also visit the gallery’s website at www.mtcontempo.com.
The gallery also provides in-house, custom framing services by Gilbert Johnson of Poor Richard’s Framing. Phone 727.204.0858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.