SNEAK PEEK: Kelly Vivanco 'Springs To Mind' - February 2011
Kelly Vivanco
'Springs To Mind'

Kelly Vivanco's 1st major solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

Opening Reception:
Sat, Feb. 5th 7-10PM

Raised among Beatrix Potter's woodland creatures in a nest of drawing supplies somewhere in Southern California, Kelly Vivanco grew up with a confident hand, an acute sense of color and a wealth of playful intuition. Seeking to express a childlike perception of endless possibility, she paints a mysterious world in which young people and charismatic animals are busily engaged in their lives. Although her work brings to mind the great children's illustrators of the turn of the century, its vintage storybook sensibility is made contemporary by the self-possessed attitude and quirky style of her subjects. In many of her paintings, it is the eyes that captivate the viewer - they are deep, glistening pools of emotion that can evoke a narrative in a glance. Yet her goal is to leave their meaning open to interpretation, so as to allow an infinite potential of stories and associations to unfurl.

In her most recent body of work, which she has titled 'Springs to Mind.' Kelly explores a secret place where both water and imagination flow freely - where random chance and make-believe intertwine. There we find intrepid heroines, voyagers and dreamers roaming among forest streams, stairwells, tree houses and enchanted pools. Gazing into their lambent eyes in the perpetual twilight, we are visited by that feeling of empathy and wonder that sparks the imagination to life.

6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
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