Ray Kleinlein

 

RESUME

 

Education

1998        MFA, Ohio University, OH

1993         BA Ohio State University and the Columbus College of Art and Design, OH

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011           

Murfreesboro City Hall; Murfreesboro, TN

Emory and Henry College; Emory, VA

2009           

Keny Gallery; Columbus, OH

2008

Christa Faut Gallery; Cornelius, NC

2007

Perry Nicole Gallery; Memphis, TN                      

Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum; Hampden-Sydney, VA

2006    

Keny Gallery; Columbus, OH

2005    

Keny Gallery; Columbus, OH

2004    

Christa Faut Gallery; Cornelius, NC                     

Van Every Gallery, Davidson College; Davidson, NC

2002    

Keny Gallery; Columbus, OH

Smith Gallery, Davidson College; Davidson, NC

2001   

Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum; Hampden-Sydney, VA

1998    

Ohio University; Athens, OH

1997    

Lisa Kurts Gallery; Memphis, TN

1994    

Executive Gallery; Columbus, OH

Wile-Kovach Gallery; Columbus, OH

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2015

Parker Gallery; Sea Island, GA           

Anne Neilson Fine Arts; Charlotte, NC

2014    

Cumberland Gallery; Nashville, TN

Anne Neilson Fine Arts; Charlotte, NC

Todd Gallery; Middle Tennessee State University; Murfreesboro, TN

2013     

Todd Gallery; Middle Tennessee State University; Murfreesboro, TN; juried show; juror Jochen Wierich, Curator of Art, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

Keny Gallery; Columbus, OH

2012    

Cumberland Gallery; Nashville, TN

2010    

San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, CA                    

Art Chicago; Chicago, IL                    

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts; Farmville, VA

2009             

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts; Farmville, VA

2008            

Art Miami; Miami, FL

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts; Farmville, VA

Hampden-Sydney College; Hampden-Sydney, VA

2007

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts; Farmville, VA

2006

Hunter Museum of American Art; Chattanooga, TN

Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum; Hampden-Sydney, VA

2005

Keny Gallery; Columbus, OH

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts; Farmville, VA

2004

Keny Gallery; Columbus, OH

Metrolina; Davidson, NC

2004

1708 Gallery; Richmond, VA; juried show

Dairy Barn Art Center; Athens, OH

2003

Christa Faut Gallery; Cornelius, NC

2001

Hiestand Galleries, Miami University; Oxford,OH; juried show; juror James Demetrion, Director, Hirshhorn Museum

Cox Fine Art Center; Columbus, OH; juried show

Bedford Gallery, Longwood College; Farmville, VA

2000

1708 Gallery; Richmond, VA

Columbus Museum of Art; Columbus, OH; juried show; juror David Reed, painter

Keny Galleries; Columbus, OH

Cultural Arts Center; Columbus, OH

1999

Hunter Museum of American Art; Chattanooga, TN

Mansfield Art Center; Mansfield, OH

Shot Tower Gallery; Columbus, OH; juried show; Mary Lou Chess award

Lisa Kurts Gallery; Memphis, TN

GSI Gallery; Cleveland, OH

1998

Greer Museum; Rio Grande, OH

Columbus Museum of Art; Columbus, OH; juried show; juror Klaus Kertess, curator

Art Center; Zanesville, OH

1997

Bowery Gallery; New York City, NY; juried show; juror William Bailey, painter

Ohio Art League, Grange Building; Columbus, OH

1997

Motorist Building; Columbus,OH

Ohio University; Lancaster, OH

1995

Ohio Northern University; Ada, OH

Wile-Kovach Gallery; Columbus, OH

Executive Gallery, Columbus, OH

 

Reviews and Publications

2011

A! Magazine for the Arts, April (reproduction)

2010 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference Program (cover)

2009

Hall, Jacqueline.  The Columbus Dispatch, November 12 (reproductions)

Farmville Herald, January 9 (reproduction)

2007

The Hampden-Sydney Review of Poetry (front and back covers)

2006

Hall, Jacqueline.  The Columbus Dispatch, November 12 (reproductions)

Nichols, Ann.  Chattanooga Times Free Press, November 5 (reproduction)

2004

Hall, Jacqueline.  The Columbus Dispatch, July 11 (reproductions)

2002

Baldwin, Lindy.  The Davidsonian, October 2 (reproductions)

Hall, Jacqueline.  The Columbus Dispatch, March 24 (reproductions)

Mascal, Richard.  The Charlotte Observer, September 9 (reproductions)

Miami University Pacesetter, vol. 10 (reproduction)

Puckett, Laura.  Libertas, September 12 (reproduction)

2001

Hall, Jacqueline.  The Columbus Dispatch, July 22 (reproduction)

The Hampden-Sydney Review of Poetry (cover)

2000

The Garnet, Fall (reproductions)

Hall, Jacqueline.  The Columbus Dispatch, March 12 (reproduction)

Jerigan , Sarah. Southern Living, October (reproduction)

Kluth, Eric.  News Journal, January 3

1999

Hall, David.  The Memphis Flyer, May 20

1998

Hall, Jacqueline.  The Columbus Dispatch, July 26

New American Paintings, August/September (reproductions)

1998

Poster, Ohio University graduate painting program (reproductions)

1997

Catalog, Columbus College of Art and Design (reproduction)

The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), August 22 (reproduction)

The Memphis Flyer, August 21 (reproduction)

1995

Heisler, Eva.  The Columbus Dispatch, January 15

1994

Columbus Alive, July 4 (reproduction)

Hall, Jacqueline.  The Columbus Dispatch, June 30

Kline, Hillary.  This Week, June 22 (reproduction)

1993

Hall, Jacqueline.  The Columbus Dispatch, November 7

 

Collections

Museum

Canton Museum of Art; Canton, OH

Davidson College; Davidson, NC

Corporate

American Tire Distributors, Charlotte, NC

Bowling, Bowling and Associates; Memphis, TN

Guardsmark Corporation; Memphis, TN

Private

Over 250 private collections throughout the United States and Canada

 

Awards and Grants

2013

National Small Works juried show, Award of Merit; juror Jochen Wierich, Curator of Art, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN

2008

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship

2002

Davidson College Faculty Research Grant

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship

2001

Miami University National Young Painters Competition, Second Place; juror James Demetrion, Director, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.

1999

Ohio Art League, Mary Lou Chess Award

 

Lectures and Gallery Talks

2013

Central South University; Changsha, Hunan Province, China

2011

Emory and Henry College; Emory, VA

2007

Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum; Hampden-Sydney, VA

2004

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts; Farmville, VA

Hampden-Sydney College; Hampden-Sydney, VA

2002

Central Piedmont Community College; Charlotte, NC

Davidson College; Davidson, NC

2001

Lynchburg College; Lynchburg, VA

Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum; Hampden-Sydney, VA

Cultural Arts Center; Columbus, OH

 

Teaching

2009-2015

Middle Tennessee State University; Adjunct, Department of Art; Murfreesboro, TN

2007-2008

Hampden-Sydney College; Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts; Farmville, VA

2007

Hampden-Sydney College; Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts; Farmville, VA

2006-2007

Longwood University; Lecturer, Department of Art; Farmville, VA

2006

Lynchburg College; Lecturer, Department of Art; Lynchburg, VA

2002-2004

Davidson College; Visiting Assistant Professor of Art; Davidson, NC

2003

Hampden-Sydney College; Lecturer, May Term in France; Paris, France

2001-2002

Longwood University; Lecturer, Department of Art; Farmville, VA

2000-2001

Hampden-Sydney College; Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts; Hampden-Sydney, VA

1997-1998

Ohio University; Instructor of Drawing, Foundations Department; Athens, OH

Ohio University; Teaching Associate, Department of Art History; Athens, OH

 

 

STATEMENT

Realistic still life painting is, perhaps more than any other genre, consciously intended to be situated within a long-standing tradition. As a contemporary artist who deliberately chooses to work within the parameters of a traditional genre and to employ a traditional mode of representation, my challenge is to create work that embraces tradition (which I’m convinced remains vital and relevant for our time) while simultaneously transcending the sense of nostalgia often attributed to it.

The formal language I employ is a synthesis of traditional and contemporary aesthetics, particularly those associated with geometric abstraction and minimalism. Some paintings contain wry references to particular modern painters (a painting of striped shirts is a nod to Brigit Riley, and a creased shopping bag recalls Mark Rothko, for example). While from a distance (or reproduced in images) my paintings may seem illusionistic, the technique denies neither the physical texture of the paint nor the flat surface of the canvas.  In this way my paintings integrate traditional illusionism and contemporary formalism:  they are convincing representations of actual objects as well as abstract arrangements of light, shape, and color. 

Though the objects are initially chosen for their abstract visual qualities, decontextualized, and re-presented in a conceptual space, no object is neutral. As material fragments of everyday life they become signifiers for culture, class, identity, desire, gender, and the body.  Narratives, some of which are autobiographic in nature,  are subtly implied. 

Ultimately my paintings celebrate the simple act of looking at the overlooked and the pleasures derived from seeing ordinary things in an extraordinary way. As affirmations of the beauty of unremarkable things, the paintings enthusiastically embrace human culture and the material world while suggesting a life-affirming optimism, reverence, humor, and an underlying spirituality.