Aberrant Art by Barry Kite
January 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Barry Kite is a Chicago born artist with roots in California. He has pursued art since his time at Santa Rose Junior College where he studied drawing, painting, and computer graphics. He followed a path in the humanities studying photography and art history until He graduated UCLA’s Film program in 1971. Since then he has traveled the world and made an artistic career in California before finally settling with us in Central Florida.
Barry Kite is a poet and graphic collage artist specializing in the absurdity of our society, history, and current events. His Starbucks series will be in the Frame of Mind main gallery through January 2018.
Meet the artist and see the work unveiling at the opening reception social Saturday, 01/06/2018.
My work is based on found iconographic imagery from painting, photography and popular media initially via discarded books and magazines but of late: the internet. This imagery is deconstructed, then re-composed from different sources as parody with the important blending of and interpretive tension of word (via title) and image. The technique is based on using imagery as language to build context as individual words are combined to create ideas. Uncommon juxtapositions and themes are sought to provoke thought and discussion. The less common, the merrier. A little art literacy is helpful, as many implied narratives draw on historic reactions and interpretations of various employed artists and works from their own era. Prior history with a certain painting or photograph always colors one’s interpretation. Being aware of the fact that an artist went blind or crazy or bankrupt (you know who you are) during his productive period, or that a work was once critically excoriated always adds a certain flavor. My works are narratives. The challenge is to tell a story without words: using images, colors, composition. Only the words in the title are permitted to assist, or provoke, or mislead the viewer–drawing on that part of the brain dealing with abstraction. My training is in film, from which I have taken the primacy of the single shot. (Discarding the rest–which would make the film really short.)
Will Stone Gallery, San Francisco
Varnish Gallery, San Francisco
Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, CA
“Aberrant Artist: The Art of Barry Kite” BBC: “The Secret Life of a Masterpiece”