Saturday October 7 at 5 pm is the opening celebration for the art exhibitions of Philip DeMartino, Karen Jelenfy, and Lynne Stone at Green Kill. The opening ends at 7 pm and the exhibitions of these three artists will run from October 5 to October 29.
About the Artists
Philip DeMartino is a self-taught artist. As an elementary school teacher he knows first hand the value of growing through practice, process, and patience. Originally from Brooklyn, and now a Hudson Valley resident, Philip says that as a collage artist he takes from the streets both literally and figuratively. Distilling a street-art sensibility and energy into an image has been his intention. Since the November 2016 election, his work has taken a decidedly more social commentary perspective.
“From where my eyes land, it’s not too difficult to see a sense of chaotic urgency in our eyes and on our faces. I want to make art that sparks people to bring forth a positive energy that we so desperately need.” — Philip DeMartino
Karen Jelenfy is an artist working within the traditions of Abstract Expressionism. After receiving her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute she returned to the East Coast to raise her family. Her large format paintings are landscape-based, exploring the chaos and repetition of the natural world and relying on memory to bring that power back to the studio for further exploration. Jelenfy currently lives and works on the coast of Maine.
Lynne Stone in her own words. I make paintings and constructed shaped paintings. I make polychromed and collaged works on paper and aluminum that rely on multiple and overlapping techniques. My way of creating requires construction. Inspiration comes from imagination, dreams, literature, or life. My work might be “edgy’–this means a viewer might find it uncomfortable. I make edgy work because it is important to me to mediate the uncomfortable. I admire other artists who mediate the same thing.
I prefer my process be direct but it isn’t. The piece slogs through the predictable before a break-through to a new visual thing. And a new visual thing is important. I need to be surprised–awed–by what I see. Start-up ideas quickly dull, degrade until some rude interference mucks them up and invigorates them. Bits, pieces, shapes, colors, ideas shuffle, organize, reorganize before my eyes until they interact, bounce, birth the new thing. For this an energy is needed. The new thing comes demanding extras, add-ons. Sometimes the new thing comes full-blown from out of the canvas or in a dream or mental flash. So then I thank my unconscious for creating the work for me.When I was a kid my father gave me building blocks and construction sets as presents so I learned to construct. Now it seems natural for me to put things together. I was born in Britain, my internalized aesthetic is European, my long-time art love is expressionism, especially Max Beckmann, Ernst Kirchner, and Francesco Clemente. I admire Francis Bacon, Ida Applebroog, Jonathan Borofsky, Elizabeth Murray, and the West Coast painters. I am open to works of literature, philosophy, mythology: Thomas Mann’s Dr. Faustus, works by Gunter Grasse, Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy; Greek and Sumerian mythology. A deeply personal influence is depth psychology, the psychology of Carl Jung.
A work of art is a symbol; a word is a symbol of a different kind. My expression is through the visual, not with words. Each has its own way of symbolizing and neither can represent the other. So I cannot explain my work. It is itself.
What is Green Kill?
Green Kill is an art and performance space now in it’s second year, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, on Green Kill Avenue, near the Route 32 intersection.
Green Kill located at 229 Green Kill Avenue in Kingston at four corners where Green Kill Avenue intersects Route 32 as it winds around through the trees down to New Paltz.
Green Kill hosts poetry readings, theater, film, music and art exhibitions, which include established, outsider or student artists and performers who are dedicated to the growth of their work.
The art exhibitions change monthly at Green Kill and include local, national and international artists.
The Green Kill web site is greenkill.org; the email is email@example.com; and the phone is 347-689-2323. Green kill is open from 3 to 9, Tuesday through Saturday.
Green Kill is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 3 pm to 9 pm, and closed on national holidays.
Art attached i Phillip DeMartino
Karen Jelenfy and Lynne Stone.