Capriccio: 2010 - 1985
March 4 - April 4, 2011
Works by Kay Harvey
Over an extended period of time Kay's art has been committed to this inward driven nature of painting. For the past few decades she has turned her efforts to investigate abstraction. Hers is a quest, a continuation of the tradition examining painting as an end in itself, an activity able to create and sustain an aesthetic experience by means of the artists vision and energy with only paint, paper, and canvas, free of any reliance on reproducing the observed world or, re-presenting an already lived experience. Kay's art is unambiguously dedicated to the proposition of art as having a freestanding value beyond any other context.
Each of the pieces in the exhibition shows Kay's bias for a shallow, declared space over an optical illusionistic one. Each work is asymmetric and gives the feeling of imperfection. In this way Kay's process and aesthetic decisions about rightness and artistic truth are revealed, distinguishing what is true from that which is contrived in an attempt to appear seamless and flawless. Imperfection of this kind has a melancholy sense of tim that emphasizes impermanence and becomes conducive to a deeper contemplation. Open yourself to these pictures and you may find a secret waiting, not a secret exclusively about art, but a secret about life.
John Mulvany, curator of Capriccio: 1985-2010