Alan Kitchen’s paintings for “There Was No Sound” Exhibited August 13 – October 3, 2011
These paintings are a reflection of time and memory. The images are taken from photographic sources, sometimes personal and sometimes foreign, and are painted to create a new context – a place in which the multiple levels converge to begin a separate narrative.
I depict the place or idea of past events: a battlefield map, stripped of its horrific points, becomes a visual connection to spiritualism, forgotten faces gain new identities, trees and forests become settings, calling to mind ancient stories. The in-between becomes a place in these paintings.
Past events, ideology, the spectacular, unremembered people, and the mundane lend themselves to each other, existing in a new balance.