On View: February 27 – March 24
S.R.A. is the abbreviation for State Recreation Area and is also the title of a solo exhibition of paintings by Tim Kennedy that will be held at First Street Gallery from February 27 to March 24, 2018. This is Mr. Kennedy’s eighth solo exhibition at First Street Gallery. In this exhibition, Mr. Kennedy finds inspiration in common public settings and the people that inhabit them in and around Bloomington, Indiana, a Midwestern college town. Since Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass, representations of people and their pursuit of leisure activities have held up a mirror to contemporary notions of identity, class and the human relationship to nature. Seen through Mr. Kennedy’s eyes, a volleyball game in a city park, a couple canoeing and a fisherman beside a boat are all fodder for large scale figure compositions.
Kennedy has also continued to explore portraiture by focusing on neighbors and colleagues in romantic pairs or family groups. Painted from life, these portraits emphasize the psychology of the sitters by recording their interaction with their surroundings and, more subtly, with one another. These are time-intensive, reciprocal works that demand the artist’s and sitters’ continual collaboration. We may not know the subjects personally, but they are people we immediately recognize. Part of the pleasure afforded by the portraits is recognition of physical resemblances between family members, emotional connection between romantic partners and hints of character and psychology as revealed through posture and body language.