On the heals of her massive and colorful installation, Spectrum, in the Garment District, artist Kim Carlino unveils her solo exhibition, In Here Together, at 324 Fifth Avenue this week. Her large-scale paintings on stretched tyvek explore her desire for structure within the surface, finding ways to peel it back to play with spaciousness and ambiguous fluidity, creating mystical and playful moments of connection and interaction. Carlino’s work has continued threads of abstraction, color, pattern and an ongoing dialogue with the tension between organic and structured.
The artist’s fresh and earthy tyvek paintings begin with layers of why and diffuse staining and pouring seeking texture and fluid organic forms as a starting point. She creates an arena in which structure can interact with space in poetically distilled moments of form. This series of work has come out of the isolation of the pandemic where the idea of “In Here Together” has taken on multiple meanings. The paintings become sites in which our various uncovered selves have become exposed, and out of this state a searching for autonomy and harmony simultaneously.
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ChaShaMa exhibition space is located at 324 5th Ave, Ground Floor, NYC. In accordance with ChaShaMa’s COVID-19 protocols, masks and social distancing must be maintained in the space. The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.
Kim Carlino: In Here Together will be on view from September 8 through October 9, 2021. Opening Reception, September 9, 2021, 5-8pm. NYC CritClub Reading, September 22, 7pm.