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"The Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2003"
2003-06-14 until 2003-09-14
State Museum of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA, USA United States of America

The 36th annual Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2003 exhibition opens June 14, 2003 at its traditional venue, The State Museum of Pennsylvania. This prestigious showcase for the talent, creativity and diversity of Pennsylvania’s established and emerging artists is cosponsored by The State Museum of Pennsylvania and The Greater Harrisburg Arts Council. Last year, due to construction at The State Museum, the exhibition was held at the Susquehanna Art Museum.  This year’s Art of the State will be housed in The State Museum’s First Floor Galleries.

Doug Kinsey's painting, "Float-Hole Series: keleusma" has been selected for exhibition.

Kurt Shaw (art critic for The Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, PA) has stated in a recent review (Feb. 21, 2003) that: "'Interior/Exterior Landscapes' can be found in two back galleries where painter Doug Kinsey has arranged 10 of his massive blue-and-white abstract paintings, each to it's own wall, in an installation-like format similar to Rothko's Chapel in hoston. Invoking the work of painter Mark Rothko (1903-70) as well are Kinsey's paintings, which feature a colorfield approach to abstraction.

In the works, thick layers of paint-cooked up by the artist with wax and linseed oil- have been vigorously brushed in multitudinous layers onto each canvas. In this way Kinsey suspends ambiguous blue shapes into ethereal fields of white color. Part sky, part sinkhole, the blue shapes seem to dive into the picture plane just as quickly as they present themselves on the surface. In some paintings, the shapes are more defined, bringing one to realize that Kinsey is exploring more than one way of working within his vernacular. Thusly, he has conveniently assigned each to a series- 'Interval Series', 'Basalt Series' and 'Float-hole Series'. Although the Basalt and Interval series of paintings offer more solidly resolved manifestations of Kinsey's visual language, of the three, it is the Float-Hole series that remains the most interesting. Never have shapes been so ghostly."

Art of the State is a highly competitive, juried art exhibition open to state residents in five categories: painting, works on paper, photography, sculpture and craft, and juried by

distinguished judges from around the Mid-Atlantic region.  The Greater Harrisburg Arts Council annually presents cash awards totaling more than $6,500, and The State Museum offers a $1,000 Purchase Award.

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