For an artist, evolution is a natural part of the process.
It might be, as in Kathleen Lemoine's case, the move from painting on canvas to creating a sculpture, or, as artist Rob Carpenter explained, letting his pen dictate where a line takes him.
For Randell Henry, his painted collages emerge as he works with fabric and paint on canvas. And for Frankie Gould, well, her paintings have just gone to the dogs.
The works of all four artists are on exhibit at the Baton Rouge Gallery through Oct. 26.
Lemoine's acrylic on wood panel pieces are something, "I've been waiting all my life to get to do," she said. "And now I'm doing it."
Lemoine calls her show, "Learning to Dance."
"This body of work is all about movement, the movement of elements within each piece as well as the movement of shapes from one painting to another until something 'clicks,' " she said.
And that movement has expanded beyond flat surfaces.
"More than ever before I’m finding some ideas can be best expressed three dimensionally and in relief rather than with two-dimensional painting," Lemoine said. "Moving a painting or sculpture from an idea into 'concrete' form can be seriously hard work, so I really appreciated the humor and fun that was the impetus for many of the pieces in this series. I do feel like I’m finally learning to dance in the studio."
Meanwhile, Carpenter is excited about where new lines are leading him in his drawings.
His show, "Paths of Moving Points — Monoliths," features a series of ink on paper that take on the appearance of tapestries.
The works are calculated, eye-pleasing drawings, where hand-drawn lines are deliberately and repetitiously layered until they become a seamless surface.
And though he controls the process, he allows each piece to take its own direction.
"I felt I no longer needed to create geometric fields; the lines began breaking wherever they needed to break," he said. "But overall, they've become one solid object, like a monolith."
Like Carpenter, Henry's work is as much about the process as the finished piece.
His show, "Soulful Journey," is filled with vibrant painted collages.
Henry is motivated by this work process, yet this show was inspired by the Michael Crespo Visual Arts Fellowship. Henry is this year's recipient of the award, established by Cary Saurage and the late Derek Gordon and administered through the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
"I created extra works for this show to show my gratitude for that award," Henry said. "The award also motivates me to do more work."
Henry also is showing in a solo exhibit of his works in Dallas.
His show at Baton Rouge Gallery shares space with Gould's bright, Primsacolor drawings of "Dog Daze." Most of the pups belong to friends, but they become hers once they are framed and on the wall.
"Our shows complement each other," Henry said.
"And both are happy," Gould added. "All the pieces by the artists in these shows work well together."
Baton Rouge Gallery
Exhibit of works by Kathleen Lemoine, Rob Carpenter, Randell Henry, Frankie Gould
WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Through Oct. 26.
WHERE: BREC's Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, 1515 Dalrymple Drive
INFORMATION: (225) 383-1470 or batonrougegallery.org...Read more