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Sweet Nothings : New Works by Kelly Denato – Sneak Preview 3

March 12th, 2014


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“I Love You To Pieces”

In the third installment of these sneak previews here on the mph blog, artist Kelly Denato talks about the visual language she’s developed in the work for Sweet Nothings, opening this Friday, March 14 at mph!

In your work, I often see roses, ribbon like objects, and spindly digits poking through orifices. Please give us an idea of what these images or any other reoccurring imagery represents in your art.

 I do have a visual language that I use to express themes in my work and it grows and expands every time I create something new. There is no definitive “key” or “legend” for the symbols the language contains, and the things they represent can change and evolve depending on the theme of the piece or the series they are being used in. I often have open, closed, or empty, eyes and mouths that are either oozing, steaming, weeping or being poked at – mouths and eyes are tools we use to express and to connect to others. I like to think of these visuals as examples of how frustrating and ineffective that communication can be. The ribbons in my work have represented blood, sweat, tears, breath, etc. The spindly digits or “tubes” in my work have been representative of connections and longing. The thought behind the paper roses for this particular batch of paintings and drawings in “Sweet Nothings” are being used as symbols of falseness, fragility, and the idea of being a lovely and intricate impostor. The globular clusters that have seeped into this series, are representative of similar objects as the ribbons, but they also represent things like dew, crusty excretions, vomit, plants, bodily growths.  I visualize them as this sugary, saccharine, sap-like accumulation. They ooze. I think of all of these bits of imagery as characters and try not to confine them to a singular meaning, this way they can be less limited and take on other roles on other stages.

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“Turn My Insides Out”

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“Your Mouth”

See the above pieces and way more of Kelly’s amazing work this Friday at the opening of Sweet Nothings!

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Sweet Nothings
New Works by Kelly Denato
Opening Reception Friday, March 14th
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Exhibition runs through April 6th

kellydenato.com
myplasticheart.com

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St.
Lower East Side
New York
646.290.6866

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Sweet Nothings : New Works by Kelly Denato – Sneak Preview 2

March 10th, 2014

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“I’ll Eat You Up; I Love You So”

Here you’ll find the second preview for Brooklyn-based artist, Kelly Denato’s solo show opening on March 14 from 6 – 9PM at myplasticheart. Today, Kelly discusses the intention and theme behind this upcoming exhibition. Keep an eye on the mph blog, as we’ll be uncovering more about this show and Kelly’s work during the week.

In your work for the upcoming show Sweet Nothings at mph, the emerging imagery and title suggest a thematic slant toward the bittersweet nature of love. Is this your intention?

I think “a slant toward the bittersweet nature of love” is quite an appropriate descriptor in regards to this body of work. “Sweet Nothings” are hyperbolic, trivial, expressions of love, affection, and sometimes obsession. I often use language as inspiration for my imagery, as you may have noticed in the titles of many of my previous works, and these romantic whispers are chock full of visual ammunition; “You Invade My Senses”, “I Could Drown In Your Eyes”, “I Love You To Pieces”, “I Could Eat You Up”, etc.

Duality is also important to me in my work and “Sweet Nothings” are a marvelous example of that. When someone expresses himself or herself in this way, it could be a disguise for more impure motives or, perhaps, at the time these sweet nothings are whispered, the emotion and intensity are sincere, but one day, the recipient’s name can’t even be recalled. These expressions of love, friendship, or admiration can be very intense and intensely fleeting.

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“You invade my senses”

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 “Your Smell”

Sweet Nothings
New Works by Kelly Denato
Opening Reception Friday, March 14th
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Exhibition runs through April 6th

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Sweet Nothings : New Works by Kelly Denato – Sneak Preview 1

March 6th, 2014

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In anticipation of Brooklyn-based artist, Kelly Denato’s solo show opening on March 14 at myplasticheart, we asked her some questions to illuminate the artistic process as she developed the body of work for this show. Today, Kelly discusses the use of color and light in her paintings, two key elements that have set her illustrative work apart from others. Over the next week and a half, as we lead up to opening night, we’ll continue to reveal sneak previews of her artwork and more of what Kelly has to say about “Sweet Nothings”.

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Please talk a bit about the use of light and color in your artwork.

“Color and light are integral to my process. They aren’t necessarily used as a representation of any sort of realism but more as tools to express shape and mood. I choose a color theme and placement of light before I get into the more detailed aspects of the paintings.  When I work with groups, or clusters, of paintings, I plan the light and color of all the pieces simultaneously. Then I layout the work accordingly and apply color to all the pieces at once planning for a flow of light and color that will visually link the pieces throughout the cluster while also being conscious of how the light and color would effect each individual piece.  I enjoy the impermanence of this as the only time the pieces will be seen together as a whole, as they were created, is at the show they were created for.”

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Sweet Nothings
New Works by Kelly Denato
Opening Reception Friday, March 14th 2014
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Exhibition runs through April 6th

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Sweet Nothings : New Works by Kelly Denato opens 3/14

March 3rd, 2014

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Sweet Nothings : New Works by Kelly Denato

myplasticheart is proud to present Sweet Nothings, new works featuring Brooklyn based artist Kelly Denato. For her second exhibition with myplasticheart, Kelly is showing a range of brand new pieces exploring her current aesthetic. A mix of both acrylic and watercolor, Kelly’s work presents her subjects in various states of vulnerability, all living in her rich, illustrative world.

Please join us for the opening reception on March 14th from 6-9PM EDT at myplasticheart in the Lower East Side NYC. Kelly will be in attendance to chat and discuss her work. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition runs through April 6th.

Sweet Nothings
New Works by Kelly Denato
Opening Reception Friday, March 14th 2014
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Exhibition runs through April 6th

kellydenato.com
myplasticheart.com

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St.
Lower East Side
New York
646.290.6866

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Wing Fang Clan – Now Recruiting!

February 10th, 2014

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After a very successful run, our Wing Fang Clan subscription club is once again accepting applications! If you are a fan of Lou Pimentel and Cranston Fellows Junior then we have what you are looking for. Each membership entitles you to special unpainted editions of the popular Junior sofubi not available anywhere else. You also get priority on all Junior colorways during your subscription service so you don’t miss out on the limited editions. Here are the details of the new subscription:

* Membership fee is $150
* Three unpainted colorways (including the above unpainted red Junior)
* Members-only opportunity to purchase all remaining unpainted colorways during the membership term (approx six in total including the above). Unpainted figures are not available to non-members.
* An exclusive, members-only, signed and numbered Junior print by Lou Pimentel
* Special invitation to a members-only group (with top secret info inside!)
* First dibs on all painted colorways (except for 3rd party
exclusives) during the membership term

We are only accepting applications from now until 02/20 so if you are interested in joining please send us an email at wingfangclan@myplasticheart.com

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