Thursday, January 24, 2013

Field - Recap

Intallation view of Field at the Line Gallery. Photo credit: Amanda Burk.

The exhibition at the Line Gallery this fall was a great success. It's a beautiful space, and Amanda and Paul were incredibly gracious hosting my partner and I for the weekend.

Here is a small excerpt of an interview I did with the gallery following my exhibition, which has been recently posted on their website: 


Line Gallery:  Your work at times has hovered between drawing and painting, but seems to have settled into mainly drawing at this point. Why do you think drawing is a practice that interests you?
Sarah Kernohan: Drawing has been central to my practice from the very beginning, and when I hover into the territory of painting I am using colour to enhance the drawing. When I paint I use highly diluted watercolours and thinned oil paints. My investment in drawing is based on my interest in line, which in my opinion is central to drawing. I am interested in working on paper, using drawing media as well – pens, pencils – and using paints as flat media.

LG: Your process of developing a drawing is quite involved. Can you speak about your approach and process when making a drawing?
SK: When I set out to make a drawing – for some reason, I can’t start off by saying that I am going to make a drawing of that object. I stall by doing studies – generally in the dozens – generally fast sketches that take about anywhere between 5 minutes and an hour to complete. I do these to get a sense of what I am working with, but also to determine what I am gravitating toward. All of the objects that I work with have unique surfaces and texture, which can be overwhelming at first. This helps to narrow my focus.




Friday, December 21, 2007

It's been a little while since I've updated, and I realized the other night that I completely neglected to follow up on writing about the exhibition in Bridgeport. To sum it up in one phrase, it was an awesome opportunity, a really well-curated exhibition, and a great opportunity to meet new people.

Since then, I've been negotiating about a million things: school, quarter-life questions, big emotional questions, and the like. School wrapped up a week ago, I remembered that I need to take things as they come while keeping goals in mind, and decided that comfort isn't something that I should strive for, nor run back to. I got to go to Detroit to visit the Julie Mehretu exhibition at DIA and was blown away. I have a lot of work to do, and it's going to have to be cumulative.

To celebrate the end of a hard-worked semester, I decided to run off to Montreal for a few days... so for five days of relaxation, the opportunity to speak french and to throw myself out of my own element and scope out art, I'm hanging out in la belle province. My friend Mike has been a great host thus far, and I'm looking forward to his personal guided tour of the city tomorrow. with the hopes of visiting the Expo grounds. Today's mission will be to explore the plateau, scope out more art galleries, and enjoy the relatively balmy weather that Montreal is experiencing. There are snowbanks as tall as I, and about three feet of snow on the ground, but I can have my face exposed and not worry about frostbite, which is great. It's nice to experience a Canadian winter again, it's been about five years since I experienced a good snowfall I think.

I'll hopefully pull out my camera over the course of the week and update with some photos.

Thursday, November 08, 2007


There are always firsts, and this is probably one of the more exciting firsts of late. Opening November 9, one of my drawings will be hung as part of a curated exhibition about drawing down at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut. I'll be driving down for the opening reception (partially because it gives me an excuse to visit the collection at Dia: Beacon as I'll be close by). I can't wait to see what's in the exhibition as most of it is a mystery to me at this stage.

Below is some information about the exhibition pulled from artdaily.org. I think that I'm the honorary mention from Canada.

BRIDGEPORT, CT.-Housatonic Museum of Art is presenting Lineal Investigations featuring artists from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, California and Canada. Lineal Investigations opens Friday, November 9 and continues through December 21, 2007. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, November 9, from 5:30 pm until 7pm. This event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Featured works include traditional portraiture but created on a colossal scale by Bridgeport artist Paul Kaiser, floor drawing made with gaffer's tape by Manchester artist David Borawski and three dimensional drawings by Susan Shutan of Hamden , Jane Miller of Guilford and Glenn LaVertu of Providence, Rhode Island .

Lineal Investigations pushes the boundaries of the traditional definition of "drawing" this exhibit but nevertheless features quieter works with detailed drawings by Melissa Tubbs of Alabama and Patricia Smith of East Branch, New York. Artist Richard Deon of Dover Plains , New York uses commercial illustration paired with a linear structure to create his visual narratives while Henry Mandell of Mamaroneck works with digital materials-vector drawings-to explore the dynamic tension between order and disorder within visual systems.

Eric Van Arx of New Jersey creates linear drawings in iron and Kathy Desmond of Massachusetts combines drawing with installation to create environments. All in all, this show redefines "drawing" by mapping new terrain.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm. Saturday, 9-3 pm and Sunday Noon until 4pm.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

If I could count the number of kilometers that I have traveled over the course of the past few months, I would undoubtedly be impressed at how far I have gone. I wonder how it would scale in relation to a trip to the moon. I doubt that numerous return journeys to Toronto, a few trips up to Twelve Mile Bay, Grand Bend, Wiarton, London, and even a trip to Quebec City might get me out of the atmosphere.

Summer school finished a month ago and I celebrated it by spending a some time up at Garett's cottage up in Muskoka. It was beautiful, quiet, and the perfect place to sit back, relax, make buttons, and stop. We came back to civilization again to get my gear together for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. It was a fun weekend, and after a somewhat stressful setup, a lot of fun. I came out with a lot of positive feedback to encourage me that I'm doing something right, interest from a few interesting people, and two awards. Thanks to everybody who came out to visit. If only all exhibition opportunities were that interactive.

Now, I'm back in Kitchener on a full-time basis until school starts up in the fall. I'm going to try to commute for the year to take advantage of having an awesome space to work in. The studio is in working mode now, with three of us all working in anticipation for our joint exhibition at the end of September. We also have a visiting studio member who is working on a sound installation for the rest of the summer before he runs off to Princeton to complete his PhD with a fantastic fellowship. We all have our work cut out for us, so things will likely become more interesting and animated as the weeks go by.

I think that this space is going to start to turn into that drawing blog and a sort of studio journal as the rest of the summer continues. Stay tuned.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Well, it's been two and half weeks since I landed on Canadian soil, and now I feel like I can officially say that I'm home. After running around like a madcat between London, Kitchener, Toronto, and even Grand Bend I feel like I'm home. I moved into the studio on Monday night after my poor mother dropped me off to see the space was still in a bit of disarray after Gareth had set up his show at the Red Head Gallery last month. I haven't had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in the space as of yet, but the time that I have spent here has been pretty good. I've got the information cave pretty much set up, and am pretty much set to work. I'm still feeling a bit restless but I think that sensation will wear off after a week or two and I start to feel more comfortable.

In the meantime, I'm commuting back and forth between Kitchener and Toronto to do summer school and take advantage of the time to spend with all of the people that I missed so much while I was away. It's been a relatively quiet return, but I'm sure that there will be time to organise a proper homecoming as the summer continues. In the meantime, I'm going to try to focus on summer school (yes, I am a bit of a sucker for punishment... but if it means that my course load for my thesis year will be a bit more relaxed, it's worth it) and try to get some work done in time for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition the first weekend of July.

As per usual, things don't slow down for this kid. But it's awesome being home.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

After getting to the tube station this morning during the brilliant group of prime-time commuters in London, getting my backpack stuck in a closing door and being pulled inside the train by a few random witnesses (the train was packed to the gills), I survived an hour-long commute from Bethnal Green to Heathrow, with luggage in tow. After a delay for boarding, I got eight hours of easy flying, my first opportunity to see Newfoundland from an airplane window and the thrill of seeing the Toronto skyline from my window. I'm home and all that I plan on doing tonight (after tapping this off) is going upstairs and collapsing in one exhausted heap on the futon. London proper to London Ontario in the span of one day. I think that it's a good way to wrap this up. Now it's on to the fun stuff, what we call living.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

It's official. The Italian chapter in the life of Sarah is over. Tuesday morning I managed to get myself out of bed at a stupid hour in the morning after finally finding a concert in town worth going to. I discovered that Deerhoof were playing in town and decided that ultimately, I had to go. I've been craving a live concert experience since I got here, and while I've seen a few bands, nothing has amounted to what I've missed. Sure, the 60's cover band were good, and the band playing Brazilian music at Gianni's show were great, but I just wanted to be in a room full of people bopping their heads in time with the music, sweating it out all the same. To a certain extent it kills me know that this venue existed the entire time that I was in town and that they only started advertising in the weekly I pick up recently. C'est la vie, non?

After flying to Stansted, I hopped a flight to Copenhagen to come and visit my friend Gerret, who I haven't seen since his going-away party in New Zealand. We used to work together at Waikato Uni and were both a bit on the odd-side working within the computer science department there. It's been great catching up and hanging out. While he's been at work, I've been exploring Copenhagen on foot and taking in what I can manage to digest within a short visit of five or so days. I visited the State Art Museum, went to visit the Lousiana north of town and got to see some great work there. Their permanent collection is very impressive and had a Sigmar Polke painting that stopped me dead in tracks. Julie Mehretu's exhibition that I visited in Spain was being hung beyong the barricade and I couldn't help but feel like I was in a good place. Copenhagen as a city is beautiful and the weather has been incredible. When Gerret isn't working we've been taking the bikes around town and coming across great architecture, ships returning from expeditions to the North Pole, and vibrant little neighbourhoods. Copenhagen is incredibly bicycle-friendly and bikes have the same amount of power on the roads as cars do. I'd come back just to take advantage of that, but also for the people (the Danes are remarkably friendly).

Tomorrow, I'm on a flight to London where I will get to take advantage of the state museums, a thriving art scene, and a city that is a model for so many others in the world. I'll be meeting up with some friends from Toronto who happen to be in town at the same time (Duffield and Jordan), along with my friend Nick who I also haven't seen since leaving New Zealand. Having friends to take a city by storm with will be amazing as will be catching up. I'm on a transatlantic flight again on Wednesday and coming home. All of this travel has been amazing, but coming home will have the same thrill. I'm looking forward to that.