"Octopus Meditation; Internal View Cell Flow Gives Memory 2020 60x36 HS - Huge"
Original Painting : Acrylic w/ Mixed Mediums
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Provenance / HistoryThis painting is one of the last unplaced paintings of the "Octopus Meditations Series" most of which are housed in the Rockwell Integrated Science Center of Lafayette College as testimony to the power of collaborative, cross disciplinary work in Art and Science. Kerns is noted as a leader and advocate for collaborative work between artists and scientists. He has worked with neuroscientists, biologists and engineers to further promote the idea of consilience, a view that espouses the unity of knowledge. This work is packed with biological metaphor and in particular, the pulsing nature of awareness generated in the mitochondrial structures in cells....the question of consciousness becomes , is it fundamental? What is the role of non-locality? Kerns is on the forefront of partnerships and meditations that address these complex human questions. It is interesting to note that his work is grounded in the post war abstract expressionism found primarily in New York during the post war period, fueled by emotional connectivity to the processes of painting. His friendships with Grace Hartigan, Willem DeKooning, Phillip Guston and others of the New York School allowed him at a young age to identify the connected role of process and image making. He is highly regarded for the depth and reach of his work.
Story / Additional InfoEd Kerns is an American painter and educator. He studied with Grace Hartigan, the highly regarded American Abstract Expressionist. Through his friendship with Hartigan, Kerns came to know and work for many artists of the New York School, including Willem de Kooning, James Brooks, Philip Guston, Clyfford Still, and Sam Francis. Kerns’ career in New York had a meteoric trajectory. In 1972, his first exhibition at the Sachs Gallery on 57th Street in Manhattan garnered high critical praise. The New York Times, The Village Voice, Arts Magazine, ArtForum , and ArtNews were among the numerous publications to praise his work. Kerns lived and exhibited in Manhattan for 12 years before coming to Lafayette College to chair and build the modern era Art Department. In 1987, Kerns was awarded the Eugene and Mildred Clapp Professorship of Art. He became the youngest person to hold an endowed chair in the College’s history.
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Art Brokerage: Ed Kerns American Abstract Expressionist Artist: b. 1945. Ed Kerns (February 22, 1945) is an American abstract artist and educator. Kerns studied with the noted Abstract-Expressionist painter, Grace Hartigan and through the elder artist came to know and work with many artists of that generation including, Phillip Guston, Willem de Kooning, James Brooks, Ernest Briggs, Richard Diebenkorn and Sam Francis. Born in 1945 in Richmond, Virginia, Kerns started painting at a young age. He attended the Richmond Professional Institute, receiving his BFA in 1967. He went on to the Maryland Institute, where he studied with painter Grace Hartigan. Here, Kerns received the Hoffberger Fellowship and graduated with an MFA in 1969. Kerns first gained exposure in 1972, when he was commissioned by art collector Larry Aldrich to paint 100 paintings over the course of the year as gifts.That same year, Kerns had his first solo art show at the AM Sachs Gallery in New York. Over the course of the 1970s and 80s, Kerns formed a close partnership with the Rosa Esman Gallery and exhibited ten solo shows there. Of his work in the late 1970s and early 80s, gallery coordinator Judith Stein says, “He works slowly, creating no more than ten large paintings a year. His media are acrylic, sand, and thread, the last used to stitch together sections of canvas. Often plywood or upsom board is used as support.” Listings wanted.