New Haven artist Kathy Kane’s vibrant kimono series will be on display at City Gallery from March 6-28.
“These kimono are powerful, colorful and beautiful, and while the shape is formal, the painting is abstract,” Kane said when describing her collection. The series features large panels that are joined together to resemble the shape of a kimono.
Kane, who has been painting full time for the past 30 years, said her kimono series features large pieces that had to be assembled in the gallery.
“I recently became interested in making large-scale painted collages,” Kane said. “My plan was to start by making large, mostly black-and-white wall-sized collages using Ampersand panels. I spent most of the past year painting the panels and then set them aside for later assembly. They would be difficult to mount and would need a support. At some point, I decided to use paper and switched to vivid color. Once I had completed several of them I began to build the collage referencing the pieces to each other. That they evolved into these kimonos was a random and visceral discovery.”
When beginning a new piece, Kane said she doesn’t use preconceived concepts, preferring instead to let her instincts take over while painting.
“I work intuitively, emotionally,” she said. “The power of the paint is what most intrigues me, watching how it reacts as I manipulate it with whatever tools comes to hand.”
While painting, Kane doesn’t always use a brush, opting instead for fingers, squeegees or other unconventional tools. She starts by pouring, dribbling and spattering paint before mixing the colors on the paper.
Kane typically works with water media, paints and inks, occasionally changing it up with pastels and colored pencils.
“I like the purity of color and the ease of clean-up,” she said. “I often develop large-scale pieces.”
For more information about Kane’s show, visit city-gallery.org.