We Are All Made of Stars by Kristin Schattenfield-Rein
September 5 – October 27, 2014 at Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, 142 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (856) 979-7588
- Artist Reception: First Friday, September 5th & October 3rd 6 – 9 p.m.
- Philadelphia Open Studio Tours/ POST, Saturday, October 11th & Sunday, October 12th Noon – 6:00pm.
- Designer and Art Consultant Reception: Friday, September 12th 4:00 – 6:00pm.
Contact: Pam Regan – Gallery Owner email@example.com
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday (10:00am – 5:00pm), Saturday (12 p.m.- 4 p.m.) or by appointment
Bluestone Fine Art Gallery opens “WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS by Kristin Schattenfield-Rein” on September 5, 2014. The exhibition features new paintings by the Philly-based artist in her second solo show at the gallery.
Kristin Schattenfield-Rein Artist Statement:
“I’m a mark maker. I add layer after layer, mark after mark, adding and subtracting to achieve a moment of grace. I am curious about how different mediums and chemicals react to one another and what they leave behind on the canvas. In my work I’m keen on using color, texture and chemical reactions on the canvas to create a universe.
Two major factors have recently changed the course of my work: first, motherhood, and second, meditation on the fact that everything on earth was created from the death of a star. We are quite literally made of stardust.
Being a mother of two very young children, I have found that motherhood has become one of the primary focuses of my painting. The work has become more about building and growth because, that’s what I am doing with my children — helping them to build and grow. The second is the idea that we are all made of stars. This fact is incredible, and inspiring to me. I have begun to experiment with incorporating base metals in the form of dust (actual stardust?) in my work that creates an almost celestial feel. Both of the ideas have melded together into one in my work. Boiled down to its essence: my work is about creation.”
Kristin Schattenfield-Rein Exhibition Statement:
“Every element on Earth was formed at the heart of a dying star. We are all made of stars, isn’t that incredible? It sounds like a fairy tale but it is true. This series of paintings explores the idea that we are all stardust and are built from one creation spiral at the heart of a star. Much of my work deals with parenthood and the struggle that most of us share. We are building humans while the universe keeps building the galaxy. The creation spiral is a singular parent of all. The spiral forms intricate layers so that we are forever re-forming, redefining our place in the universe and the stars that make us.
The physical paintings are layer upon layers of building, mark making removing and adding to find that moment of grace. The final result has a celestial feel to it. I began using base metals mostly in the form of dust (actual stardust?) to represent the new spark, the formation or creation of life, of home. Experimenting with these new materials — graphite flake, silver and gold dust, interference pigment and resin — allows me to explore different forms of creation.
Not long ago, I saw this quote: “You are a ghost driving a meat covered skeleton made from stardust riding a floating rock through space. Fear nothing.” Andrew Dyck This work flows from my reaction to that statement.
My rebel yell mantra has become:
I am a mark maker.
I am a human builder.
I fear nothing.”
About Bluestone Fine Art Gallery
Established in 2011 by Pam Regan, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery has been operating in the Old City District of Philadelphia on the corner of Second and Quarry streets. The gallery features original works by contemporary and traditional artists in a range of mediums, including painting, ceramics and sculpture.
Our artists’ hail from Philadelphia and around the country – many of the city’s most well-known and emerging artists have exhibited works in both group and solo shows. Each month, we host new exhibitions that kick off during Philadelphia’s popular First Fridays that bring hundreds of art lovers into the neighborhood for special events and openings year round. Our goal is to showcase the most engaging works in a welcoming atmosphere during regular business hours and by private appointment. We work closely with collectors, designers and architects, helping clients select the original art best suited to residences, businesses and other destinations in the tri-state area. Bluestone Fine Art Gallery is free and open to the public.
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