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Artist Talk with Kunkle

Date(s) - 10/13/2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

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Join us to meet artist Kunkle and hear him talk about his First Floor West Gallery exhibit, Warped Spectrum. The event is free to attend. Kunkle will talk about his work and his process as well as answer questions.
About the artist:
Kunkle’s artwork incorporates vibrant colors and wry wit with folk, pop, and surrealist influences in a wide ranging body of work often addressing current social and cultural issues. The self-taught, Alabama native combines salvaged substrates from 150 yr old floorboards and lathe to retired road signs with vintage comics, sheet music, and paint to create truly unique,contemporary art pieces.
From the artist:
Hi! I’m Kunkle and welcome to Warped Spectrum! An exhibit you can think of as an introduction to my world. While I grew up in a home with a sawdust covered dad and paint dappled mama I was nearly 30 years old before I began to explore and embrace my own creative side. Making art, for me, has always been about personal growth, expression, development, challenging myself, a connecting with people of a similar wavelength. The inspiration and ideas that birth the art are as varied as my brushstrokes. For example, as my son approached his high school graduation and contemplated military service I meditated on the costs of war and began a series of pieces using military themed comic books that resulted in Lessons Never Learned. To recover some of my sanity afterwards and as a nod to my folk artist mother I painted flowers inspired by folk artists from cultures around the world giving me an opportunity to meditate on the good and beautiful. The Dunce was created after reading a story of two Sikh men being assaulted simply because they looked Muslim. It’s an image that speaks against ignorance and the hate it breeds. All in all I’m trying to make art that speaks out against what I perceive as the ugliness in our world without forgetting how beautiful, loving, and fulfilling it can be. Link: