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AVIARY: Selected Paintings by Ken Wood
Book Release and Reception | 3-6 PM
AVIARY is designed and published by the friends and family of Ken Wood. For information on pre-order please contact Carolyn Wood – firstname.lastname@example.org. Books pre-ordered via Carolyn (discount!) will be available for pickup at the Book Release Sept 14. A limited number of copies will also be for sale by Woodland Pattern Book Center. 13 x 11”, Hard Cover w Dust Jacket, Premium Lustre Paper, 104 Color Pages
In search of words to capture his experience of Ken’s brimming studio, esteemed friend and colleague Carl Bogner posited an “aviary” of paintings among the possibilities. Bogner’s fond remarks, instigated during the 2013 KSE Open Studios, resonated in the moment and delightfully resurfaced years later in my thinking about the collection. Yes, how apropos. Aviary. There we find a container as airy and charged as a boy’s full butterfly net or hands cupped about a turtle or a toad. A place for study, observation, for careful pleasure in form and color and movement.
Ken’s aviary was aflutter with astutely imperfect hand-made wooden canvasses, populated with birds and coffee mugs and hearts and circles and words and by countless hours spent mixing and matching often sublimely muted yet vibrant colors. These surfaces often reveal themselves as palettes, spaces for play and contemplation, sometimes quiet and wistful, absurd and abstruse, jokes to himself, gestures both plain and buried. What is the role of intuition, what is calculated? A broken yellow coffee mug glued and broken over and over again reappears, when anybody else would just have thrown it away and moved on. So many reoccurring motifs among the everyday, the mundane, the ephemeral, the abstract. And now, I only wish I had come to know this body of paintings so closely while Ken Wood were still available for meandering conversations about them.
-excerpt from AVIARY “Editor’s Note” by Kati Katchever