About the exhibitionVIEW FILES SPOTLIGHT: Glendalys Medina, Alchemy
Selected by Meridith McNeal
January 4 - February 10, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, January 4, 6-8pmn. the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.
The lion’s share of the work included in my exhibition Portrait of My Mother
are works I call Magical Things From My Mother’s House
a trajectory in my ongoing series of Magical Things which celebrate everyday objects which have been imbued with personal significance.
My aim in selecting the work of Glendalys Medina for display in the front room View Files during this exhibition is twofold. First of all, Glendalys is a terrific artist and I am thrilled her work is part of the Kentler Flatfiles! I wanted to highlight a Flatfile artist whose work, for me, is related to the notion of magic. These pieces painted, printed, drawn, and adorned with gold fit the bill.
I encourage you to take the time to look through each drawer in this file to enjoy a beautiful manifestation of artistic Alchemy.
~ Meridith McNealVIEW FILES SPOTLIGHT:
The first in a new series to spotlight an artist with works in the Kentler Flatfiles. Works on paper are on view in the flatfiles in our front gallery space.
The Kentler Flatfiles have been an essential element of the gallery since its founding in 1990. A compendium of over 2,000 works on paper by 260 local, national and international artists, this living archive represents the incredible breadth and variety of contemporary drawings, prints & works on paper. The Flatfiles are available for viewing and purchase by the public. Seventy-five percent of each sale goes directly to the artist with twenty-five percent supporting Kentler’s nonprofit mission.
The Flatfiles are an important resource for artists, collectors, curators, and all those interested in the field of drawing. In 2015, Kentler received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create the Kentler Flatfiles Digital Archive, a custom database and website offering expanded public access to the collection. Selections from the Flatfiles are regularly presented in guest-curated exhibitions at Kentler and in traveling shows. Our ongoing Focus on the Flatfiles along with the View Files showcase rotating artworks from the collection in response to solo exhibitions at the Kentler.