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ART, OBJECTIFIED WITH KEVIN ARNOLD by New American Paintings
September 24, 2012, 8:25 am
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Kevin Arnold’s (NAP #100) multi-paneled canvases are refreshing and humorous.  Creating art that is all about the object and its very own objecticity, if you will, Arnold paints canvases as physical placeholders and stand-ins for the very objects he depicts.  Canvases become vinyl pillows, packing cardboard boxes, folding chairs and tables. 

But besides the visual artifice he creates on the surface plane, he moves far beyond by stacking and arranging the canvases so that they encroach physically into and onto three-dimensional space, much as the object itself would.  Canvases of vinyl pillowcases are stacked just as a pile of pillows might be; canvases of stacked folding chairs and a table are propped against adjoining walls, much as the actual objects would be in the corner of a storage room; and canvases of cardboard boxes are heaped in haphazard columns, topped by a canvas “EXIT” sign that even towers above the totems of boxes.

Arnold’s trompe l’oeil, or “trick of the eye,” toys with the mind and is immediately satisfying and intellectually quite smart. – Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor


Kevin Arnold | Stay, on multiple canvases, overall 82” x 86”

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NAP #100 Sneak Peek by New American Paintings

In about two weeks the South issue of New American Paintings, our 100th, will be hitting newsstands around the country and arriving in the mailboxes of our subscribers. It is a special issue for us, as Steven Zevitas, Editor/Publisher, mentions in his Editor’s Note. He describes the first issue and how it came to be, as well as the great accomplishments to date.

The juror for #100 was Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. He sums up the issue well by stating that, “These artists…have much to say, in a variety of voices and from differing vantage points that reflect the multiplicity of approaches and pluralistic nature of contemporary art. They represent a cross-section of what the South has to offer, and I congratulate them all.”

A full list of participating artists, as well as a few more pictures of the issue, is after the jump!

To pre-order the issue for the newsstand rate of $20, please call 617-778-5265 x0. Better yet, subscribe today!

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