Paintings by Jason Buening and Jay Noble
NEW HAVEN, April 18, 2008- Kehler Liddell Gallery is eagerly awaiting the hanging of May's installment, featuring the
vibrant paintings of member artist Jason Buening and guest artist Jay Noble. The former American University MFA classmates
will be reunited in their first official exhibition in New Haven. The show will be on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery from
May 1 to June 1, 2008.
Both painters are deeply and refreshingly engaged with the language of painting, on several levels. Their work includes
rich symbolism as well as meaning derived from careful formal composition. While they're subject matter varies from animals
battling humans to mythologized professional athletes, each artist strives to interrelate color, structure, rhythm and space
in concert with the underlying subject matter.
In his paintings, Jason Buening says that he is interested in creating "modern medieval space", a compressed
space with an often skewed perspectival organization. He has compared the evolution of his canvases to that of medieval cathedrals,
which go through many stages before completion as a unity of competing layers and ideas. He combines attention to form and
volume with a rich, color-soaked palette. He brings these strengths to bear on a variety of subject matter, from closely
observed landscapes and interiors, to wholly fabricated, collaged constructions.
Buening, a resident of New Haven, is a long time art teacher of students of all ages. He currently teaches Art History
and Color Theory at the University of New Haven and Quinnipiac University.
Jay Noble's recent work portrays dramatic and fantastical moments of confrontation between animals and humans. While
the subject matter is provocative, for Noble it is secondary to the strictly visual forces in the work. Using a rich, highly
saturated palate, Noble's paintings are built from planes of color and have a structural integrity verging on the sculptural.
Noble lives in Lancaster, PA, where he is an adjunct professor of Art at York College of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania
College of Art and Design. In the summers, both Noble and Buening teach at the Putney Summer Programs, in Putney VT.
In advance of Westville's Art Walk weekend on May 10, there will be an open artist reception on Friday May 9, from 6-9pm
at the Kehler Liddell Gallery, located in Westville Village at 873 Whalley Avenue (203-389-9555). There is no admission fee
for the gallery or reception. Hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Further
information on the gallery, Jason Buening, and other artists represented by Kehler Liddell can be seen online at www.kehlerliddell.com.
Contact: Gallery Director, Felicia Smuts
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