April 1, 2016 - May 13, 2016
The Ordinary and the Divine is Kathy Calderwood’s largest solo exhibition in over 20 years and includes the latest paintings from her ongoing projects The Hall of Suitors and Paramours and The Sacramental Objects. The exhibition also includes one painting from her series of Family Festoons. Calderwood draws upon her observations, relationships past and present, and everyday experience in the creation of her work.
I have been a huge fan of Kathy’s work for many years and am very excited for The Ordinary and the Divine. The exhibition is a rare solo exhibition for RoCo, and Kathy’s first in many years. Unpacking one of Kathy’s paintings, you discover opposing aspects of a character or an archetype or an object. It’s as though her gures defy being too neatly represented, even by her…
-RoCo Executive Director/Curator Bleu Cease
Kathy Calderwood’s painting has a magical quality. Her images make one think about the mystical, dream-like qualities we experience in our thoughts and in our daily lives.
-Former Appraisers Association of America President and well-known collector Roslyn Bakst Goldman
Populated by familiar archetypes as well as her own arsenal of neo-surreal symbolism, Kathy Calderwood’s paintings serve as original interpretations of relationships, behaviors, and experience. Through the necessary lens of humor, these skillfully-rendered portals puzzle out each mysterious dimension of this strange human trip.
Kathy is a rare combination of a painter with the skills of Vermeer and a sense of the absurd to rival Magritte. Her colors are so unique and her lighting is so radiant. Her work looks like it comes from another planet.
-Professor of Art at Nazareth College Ron Netsky, referencing the famous Dutch painter and the Belgian surrealist artist.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Calderwood’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the 2010 Florence Biennial and at Alan Stone Gallery in New York City. She was formerly represented by noted New York art dealer and collector Allan Stone. Calderwood taught illustration at Syracuse University from 1981 to 1985, and painting and illustration at Nazareth College from 1985 to 2013.
Anne Havens & Stewart D. Davis