Modified Arts housed the opening reception for the artwork of Kenosha Drucker, Josh Loeser, and Megan Koth this past Third Friday. While each artist approaches the work in vastly different mediums, they all provide the viewer an engaging experience. Through the use of charcoal, acrylic, and photographs, Drucker, Loeser, and Koth deliver a message of intimate nostalgia.
Drucker’s scenes feel as if the viewer has stumbled upon something private. While the forms are overtly sexual, the intimacy of the setting keeps the work from coming across as tawdry. In contrast, the pieces generate a nostalgic and even blithe emotion.
Her fusion of classical and abstract styles create pieces that hold the viewers’ attention. Drucker’s use of drywall as a canvas, coupled with the unfinished feeling of the charcoal sketch in her mixed media pieces add to the sense of transition.
While Megan Koth’s highly realistic acrylic work seems to be the antithesis to this transitory impression, the artist’s vulnerability and desire to lay bare something private is a sharp echo to Drucker’s confidential scenes. Koth’s masterful acrylic work so closely imitates a photograph that the viewer experiences a sense of deception. Even upon closer inspection the mind insists that it sees a photograph rather than a painting.
Adeptly working with shading and highlight, Koth’s paintings vibrate with intensity and emotion. The expressions and vitality Koth capture within the eyes of her piece “Gold” feel almost as if the figure is fully alive and watchful.
Josh Loeser’s portraiture is evocative of one’s own family photographs, each one a deeply woven narrative whose parameters are left to the whim of the viewer. The quiet tone of the subject’s expressions and body language emanate peace and fluidity; the observer is somehow suddenly part of the chronology of these people’s lives.
Through “Mixed/Internal”, artists Kenosha Drucker, Josh Loeser, and Megan Koth deliver an honest yet subtle message about the chronicles and analogous nature of life; both public and private.