braveART Takes On! | KAY HARVEY / by Tasha Ostrander

Kay Harvey in the studio | Santa Fe, NM | Photo ©Tasha Ostrander | IV RAW Series, 1998, oil on canvas, 72 x 108 in.

Kay Harvey in the studio | Santa Fe, NM | Photo ©Tasha Ostrander | IV RAW Series, 1998, oil on canvas, 72 x 108 in.

braveART is pleased to represent American painter-sculptor, Kay Harvey.

Harvey works in a language of abstraction based on materials and the artist’s vision which has reference to landscape and the human figure. Her process struggles with chaos and structure, through layering, gesture and making marks. "Her works on paper sometimes spills from the wall and intersects into 3-D space. Exploring structure and chaos, she is unafraid to cannibalize her own work, ripping up her monoprints or leaving ragged edges, splatter paint, and fragments". Tom Tavelli, director of 333 Montezuma Arts

In the coming weeks braveART will uncover and share Harvey's significant bodies of work over her 50 year career in landscape & abstract expressionist painting, sculpture, and monotypes & works on paper.

Between 1985 and 1994 Harvey intensively immersed herself in series of residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute under the esteemed tutelages of Richard Diebenkorn, Larry Bell, Ken Tyler, Helen Frankenthaler, Lynda Benglis, and Richard & Garner Tullis. Later in the decade she concluded a residency at the International Studio Program in New York City.

“Though the definition is unclear,” artist Lynda Benglis has said of Harvey’s work, “the gesturing is very unified and is a much realized, ritual motion of what a painting or print can be said to be about: color, texture, light, and surface.”

Harvey's work is process oriented. She learns through "doing and through the accidents that happen when [she] takes chances". She explains, "I like the influence of surprise as it takes me out of the plans that I might have made. Often I set myself up with ideas that are removed from what actually happens in the act of painting. It is in the state of painting that I can not explain how it happened, cannot put words to it but it just is and that's wonderful".

Of Kay Harvey, American curator, John Mulvany writes, "..Harvey is working outside the cultural spotlight. Absent in her work is a heavy breathing, big star ambition for a masterpiece. Kay maneuvers through her ideas and materials seeking the psychological edges., the boundaries that make and become the conditions for the next piece. Over an extended period of time Kay's art has been committed to this inward driven nature of painting. For the past few decades she has turned her efforts to investigate abstraction. Hers is a quest, a continuation of the tradition examining painting as an end in itself, an activity able to create and sustain an aesthetic experience by means of the artists vision and energy with only paint, paper, and canvas free of any reliance on reproducing the observed world, or re-representing an already lived experience. Kay's art is unambiguously dedicated to the proportions of art as having a freestanding value beyond any other context". Catalog from Capriccio 1985-2010, Works by Kay Harvey, curated by John Mulvany, An Exhibition at 222 Shelby Street Gallery and 333 Montezuma Annex, Santa Fe, NM April 8 - May 7, 2011.

La Tierra XVIII, 1987, oil on canvas, 50 x 42 in.

La Tierra XVIII, 1987, oil on canvas, 50 x 42 in.

Yellow/Blue (framed) diptych, 2009, Monotype , 42 1/2 × 60 1/2 in.

Yellow/Blue (framed) diptych, 2009, Monotype , 42 1/2 × 60 1/2 in.

RAW Series VI, 1998, oil on canvas, 72 x 108 in.

RAW Series VI, 1998, oil on canvas, 72 x 108 in.