312 Valencia
San Francisco, California 94103

bethany kalk

wall work incorporating small encaustic paintings

opening night friday october 3 / 6-8pm
october 3 to 31

mina dresden gallery
312 valencia street san francisco ca 94013
415.863.8312 / minadresden.com

Bethany Kalk is a painter/muralist/graphic designer/photographer. She was born in Canada, raised in New Guinea and now lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. She currently teaches in the design department at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

The contrasts and subtle similarities of growth and decay are the main themes of my current paintings and drawings. Imagery reflects the ephemeral and is in relation to undercurrents of overlapping subject matter. Tangled matter mimics both natural and technological development and desiccation. Imagery shifts from delicate and intricate to aggressive and invasive.

Found objects or ephemera are starting points for my work: deteriorating or jumbled matter, mold and rust formations, meandering shadows, broken electronics and wiring. Depending on the level of permanence of a situation, found objects are collected and brought back to the studio, photographed or sketched on-site. When people are incorporated into the imagery I pay careful attention to quiet expressions, understated gestures, wrinkles, tattoos and scars. Form and surface textures are examined and alternately interpreted in both descriptive rendering and extreme simplification. Layers of transparency in drawing and painting allow for multiple views of observation to merge into one work.

Stylistically, the work is a combination and juxtaposition of illustration, design and oceanic traditions of tattoo art. Having been raised in the Saviano tribe of Papua New Guinea, Sepik style patterning and carved line-work influences my work. Training in graphic design persuades me of the power of bold and simple shapes. And, not least of all, a background in academic painting convinces me to sometimes build up tone and color. I do not deem one way of working more important than another. The project itself deems which method, style, or media will be utilized best.


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Added by mina dresden on September 29, 2008