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Kyle Field and Jessie Rose Vala

Cinders Gallery
28 Marcy Avenue, 718-388-2311
May 29 - June 28, 2009
Reception: Friday, May 29, 7 - 10 PM
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Kyle Field’s ink and watercolor drawings playfully tap into our subconscious, echoing the limitless imagination you had as a child and wished you still had, while uttering adult concerns, personal revelations, esoteric musings and bits of overheard conversations. Pastel colored magical forests full of gnomes, yetis, and wise men flow effortlessly on the page with words and minute details. The compositions are sometimes frantic, bringing your eye to a thousand little places at once and zeroing in on his intricate lines while also resting on his soft color palate and the looseness of his brushwork. A love of surfing, the forests of California, and a wariness for contemporary culture are at the heart of Kyle Field’s art, whether it is drawing, making paper sculptures or playing music under the name Little Wings.

Jessie Rose Vala’s intricate graphite pencil drawings on paper create sprawling dark netherworlds where young women, mythical creatures, sorcerers, and zombies inhabit and undergo journeys of transformation. Tragedy seems to beset many of her narratives, where the characters are often seen deteriorating from disease, seemingly possessed or enchanted with supernatural forces while exploring rocky landscapes, meeting large butterflies and wondrous plant life. One such drawing, a large scale 3O foot wide scroll will be on display amongst smaller works and paper sculptures. Amidst the brutality of Jessie’s work lies contemplations about our inner struggles with over-consumption, confrontation, violence, change, and our relationship to the natural and mystical world.
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