Friday, July 9, 2010

KYLE RANSON: Portraits

Exhibition dates: July 16 - August 14, 2010

Opening reception: Friday, July 16, 2010 7-10pm
with music performances by Little Wings and WR/DS

KYLE RANSON: Portraits is an exhibition of nearly two-dozen paintings of friends, artists, and other distinguished characters by Kyle Ranson. In his new body of work, Ranson creates a focal point of the time-honored artistic engagement with portraiture, dedicating each picture to a single sitter, artfully posed and cropped. Many of the portraits on view were commissioned by Andrew McKinley, proprietor of Adobe Bookshop, but rather than create an exact or idealized rendering Ranson retains his artistic style. The artist balances realism with mystery and distortion, focusing the portrait as a mode of artistic exploration as well as a contemplative marker of time.

During the course of the exhibition, Kyle Ranson will set up a portrait studio in the storefront windows. Come down to Adobe Books and have your portrait drawn by the artist. Portrait sittings dates are July 19 to August 5 on Monday afternoons, 1-4pm and Thursday evenings, 7-9pm.

Curated by Devon Bella