MITCHELL MUSEUM MAIN GALLERY

THE QUIET OBJECT: THE CABINETRY OF KYLE KINSER

October 22, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Members Preview | Saturday, October 21 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Gallery Admission: $5 per person | Cedarhurst Members Free (children 10 and under free)
All admission is Free each Thursday


Exhibit Cosponsors: Kevin and Cheryl Settle | WSIU Public Broadcasting
Gallery Sponsors: Hunt and Donna Bonan | 

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Natural wood has a beauty- subtle, alluring, and inherent. Wood has an integrity of its own, vulnerable, yet strong and resilient, varied with moods of distinct personalities, flowing with rhythms of texture and line, subtle colors and shadings of light and dark, imbued with either masculine or feminine qualities. The beauty of wood holds the center of the art of Kyle Kinser.

There is a belief system at work in Kyle's cabinets. It speaks to love, to discipline, to quality cabinetmaking, to the integrity of wood as a primordial symbol of life. Call it, the morality of form. Through the long and thoughtful process of creating cabinets, Kyle's beliefs are given tangible form. To own and live with a work from this cabinetmaker is to share in the joy of wood and celebrate the physical representation of a meditative and thoughtfully considered way of life. Kyle has said, "Opening and closing a cabinet door can be an experience; just a spiritual benefit you can get from a well-made object."

The social function of these cabinets is not about nostalgia, but about the physical manifestation of a timeless philosophy. Throughout time, well-made, hand-crafted works of art--humble clay pot, a quilt, an simple cabinet--have stood as emblems of quality of life.

[excerpt from The Quiet Object in Unquiet Times by Rusty Freeman, Cedarhurst Visual Arts Director]

 

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Kyle Kinser with Eileen Doman, Painted Tabernacle #3, 2014, Walnut, rosewood, acrylic paint. Courtesy of the artist.Kyle Kinser with Michael Onken, Workers Cabinet, 2017, Recycled redwood, acrylic paint and masonite, 1930s Craftsman machinist tool chest. Courtesy of the artist.Kyle Kinser, Ukulele Wall Cabinet with Ukulele, 2012, Walnut, redwood. Courtesy of the artist.Kyle Kinser with Brent Kington, Mizuya Tansu Series, 1995, Walnut, catalpa, popular, dogwood. Courtesy of the artist.
Kyle Kinser with Fran Jaffe, Painted Tabernacle #1, 2014, Recycled redwood, Mastodon ivory, acrylic paint. Courtesy of the artist.Kyle Kinser, Organic Credenza, 2013, Walnut, spalted curly maple, catalpa, popular, mahogany. Courtesy of the artist.Kyle Kinser, Late 20th Century Pie Safe, 1996, Walnut, poplar, ash, persimmon, Mexican amate bark paper. Courtesy of the Illinois Legacy Collection, Illinois State Museum.Kyle Kinser, Mizuya Tansu Series, 2003, Walnut, catalpa, popular, ash. Courtesy of the artist.
Kyle Kinser, Organic Two-door Cabinet, 2016,Walnut, catalpa, zebra wood. Courtesy of the artist.Kyle Kinser with Bonnie Moreno, Upholstered Bench, 1988, Walnut, textiles. Courtesy of the artist.Kyle Kinser with Brent Kington, Horned Tabernacle, 1994, Mahogany, bird’s eye maple, steel door panels. Courtesy of the artist.Kyle Kinser, Shaker High Back Chairs, 1990, Walnut, canvas Shaker tape. Courtesy of the artist.
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