"Don Kimes: Before and After the Flood."
Friday, March 26, 2010, 7pm
Don Kimes, Book III, mixed media on paper, 23" x 35", 2009
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A lecture titled "Don Kimes: Before and After the Flood" to be followed by Q&A with artist and American University Professor, Don Kimes. This lecture will address the evolution of his work over several decades and his current exhibition at the Katzen Museum.
There is no charge for this event, however, Washington Studio School asks that you make a donation at the door to support Washington Studio School (a non-profit, 501(c)(3), dedicated to promoting art in the DC community).
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In 2003, a flood destroyed his home, studio and much of his work. A year later he wrote about, "the loss of nearly all of the works on paper that I have ever done - 25 years worth - as well as videos and thousands of photos of my family and my art, most of the slides recording all of my work, five filing cabinets full of all of my writing and other papers, the computer and all of the back up disks, and many other elements of my life's work. It was like the record of my existence had essentially been erased. The house and furnishings seemed almost incidental. Nature took everything back. My work is now based on those destroyed images. Through them color form and structure combine with nature, time, memory, loss and rebirth. But that's what my work always sought. It's just more clear now."
Kimes' work has been presented in more than 150 group and solo exhibitions internationally.
Since 1986 Kimes has been Artistic Director in the Visual Arts at the Chautauqua Institution (VACI) in New York State. He has been a Professor of Art at American University in Washington, DC since 1988. Previously he was Program Director at the Studio School in New York City, where he also taught painting and drawing for 10 years.
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