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After The Flood: New Works by Don Kimes
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For Immediate Release
February 20, 2008

Contact | Sonja K. Johansson, International Arts and Artists | 9 Hillyer Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
P: (202) 338-0680 | F: (202) 333-0758 | artspace@artsandartists.org | www.artsandartists.org

International Arts and Artists’ Hillyer Art Space Presents, After the Flood by Don Kimes

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court, NW, is proud to present After the Flood, an exhibition by Don Kimes.  The exhibition opens Friday, March 7, 2008 with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through Friday, April 25, 2008.  Admittance is free.  Content is suitable for children.

After the Flood features large-scale, abstract paintings both subtle and dramatic in nature.  The work demonstrates Kimes’ ability to express the intimate and sensitive effects of change in massive sizes and organic movements.  Using obscured contours and vivid color combinations, Kimes reminds us of nature’s delicate balance between creation and destruction.

In 2003, a flood destroyed Kimes’ home and studio.  The destruction of 25 years worth of drawings, writings and personal belongings resulted in the creation of artwork based on the experience one goes through in a lifetime: the experience of nature, time, memory, loss and birth.  The featured works are developed directly from images of his previous works which were destroyed in the flood.  They represent a continuation of Kimes’ life-long dialogue with nature.  The works use a range of media and find their roots in the search for one’s humanity in the face of destruction.  Noted critic/art historian Barbara Rose has written that in Don Kimes there is:

"An awareness of the problems of painting that pushes at the boundaries of the already known...Kimes’ decision to forsake traditional materials and techniques opened up new possibilities…Kimes’ determination to remain faithful to the ambitious notions of content to which Abstract Expressionism (which was neither abstract nor expressionist) aspired is both rare and courageous for an artist of his generation.  No matter how radical or experimental his materials and techniques, his paintings remain paintings that emphasize the pictorial concerns of painterly surface and coherent structure as much as they demand to be experienced as poetic and emotional statements related to human experience…"

Don Kimes has been shown in more than 150 exhibitions in the United States and abroad including Italy, Mexico and Germany.  He is the recipient of two Medici Medals from the Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2001, 2003), and has received numerous grants from venues such as the Eisenhower Foundation and the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico.  Kimes splits his time between Italy, Chautauqua, NY and Washington, DC., where he has been a professor of studio art at American University for the past 18 years and was chair of the Department of Art for 11 years.

Don Kimes was recommended by the Hillyer Art Space Advisory Committee for the Local Artist Series.  Hillyer Art Space is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and by private, local supporters.

About | Hillyer Art Space, at 9 Hillyer Court, NW, is open to the public Monday 10 a.m to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at other times by appointment.  Admittance is free.  Hillyer Art Space is a non-profit contemporary exhibition site and is a program of International Arts & Artists, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through traveling exhibitions, programs, and services to artists, arts institutions, and the public.

For more information please visit http://www.artsandartists.org/artspace. Digital images are available upon request.




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