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“Living in Harm’s Way”, mixed media work by Kingsley Parker
January 26, 2022 - February 26, 2022
View works in the exhibition HERE.
View a checklist of works for sale HERE.
View the edited recording of our Online Talk with Kingsley Parker from January 29 HERE.
Read “Dispatches from Life on the Edge“, exhibition review from the Lake George Mirror.
In his solo exhibition, “Living in Harm’s Way”, multi-media artist Kingsley Parker continues his decades-long research and concern with all the myriad ways that humans interact with and extract from the natural world. His works depict vulnerable environments: clear-cut forests, overfished oceans, bleached coral reefs, plastic pollution, and fishing villages where humans live on the margins of changing sea levels.
Using recycled materials, such as wooden door frames, Styrofoam, flocking, and other found objects, he creates poignant images and installations – a mix of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture – that address serious topics, but that are often balanced with humor. He says: “I also just want to make interesting visuals. It’s art; I’m not on a soapbox. And I try for a light touch, to keep a bit of humor in it… Even though these are important issues, I like being a little ironic and humorous about them, so it is not so serious and not so ‘down’ an experience to look at these… but it is something that sticks with you, rather than repels you…”
Parker’s sensitivity toward his subjects, whether it is an intricate sculptural replica of a fishing village, or paintings, drawings and prints of ocean wildlife, trees, or maps, his empathetic hand, through a variety of mediums, leaves reasons for hope. While referencing the abuse and imbalance of our planet’s resources, either through land or sea, and the accelerated change to our environments, economies, and the natural world as we currently know it, there is also a sense of the doggedness determination of life to persist under such constraints.
Kingsley Parker earned his BA in American Literature from Middlebury College VT, and MA in Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York City. He also studied sculpture at University of Hartford Art School, and printmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA. His recent solo exhibitions include A World of Hurt (2021), and Oceans Apart (2016) at Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY; UpRiver, my journey home, Walnut Hill Fine Art, Hudson, NY; UpRiver installation, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY; and Diminishing Expectations, Bond Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Albany Center Gallery; Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, NY; Re-Institute, Millerton, NY; Kentler International Drawing Space, Red Hook, NY; Time and Space Limited, Hudson, NY; City University, Jersey City NJ; and the Hyde Collection, Glen Falls, NY. His awards include a Visual Arts Sea Grant of Rhode Island; a scholarship from ArtWeek, Great Spruce Head Island, ME; a $10,000 grant from AE Ventures for a printmaking sabbatical in Italy; and residencies at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia, Italia; Tipoteca Italiana, Museo del Carattere e del la Tipografia, Cornuda, Italia; and a six month Scholarship residency at Manhattan Graphics Center. You can learn more about his work at www.kingsleyparker.com.
Learn more about Kingsley Parker’s work from these Online Links:
Look TV: Where’s Dayna?
Interview for the 2020 Mohawk-Hudson Regional: Kingsley Parker
Chronogram ARTSCENE web tv
Get Visual: Kingsley Parker: An artist who cares
The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets in Lake George, NY. During scheduled exhibitions dates our in-person office and gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm. If you need to reach us between active exhibition dates we are available through phone and/or email:
Laura Von Rosk, Gallery Director, 518.323.5499, [email protected]
Tanya Tobias-Tomis, Executive Director, 518.832.0183, t[email protected]
We are committed to public safety within our UpState NY community and beyond, and want everybody to stay strong, safe, and healthy. All entering our office and gallery space will need to wear a mask. We will provide masks for those that need one, and provide hand sanitizing stations throughout our space.
Please NOTE: Regular Gallery hours may change due to the COVID-19 health emergency. For updates please call 518-323-5499, email [email protected]
This exhibition is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; the Town and Village of Lake George; Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation; 518 Profiles; The Alfred Z Solomon Charitable Trust and LGAP members. Please Join us today!
See more by Kingsley Parker if you are traveling through Albany International Airport!
Kingsley Parker: Wood Work
January 29 – July 6, 2022
Albany International Airport Gallery, Concourse A Gallery
Kathy Greenwood, Director of the Art & Culture Program at Albany Airport, will join Lake George Arts Project’s online artist talk with Kingsley Parker, January 29 at 4 pm, to expand the discussion of Parker’s work and share installation views of “Wood Work”, on view to travelers at Albany International Airport through July 6, 2022.
Kingsley Parker studies trees and tools as individuals marked by time, weather and adversity. This exhibition at the Albany Airport includes large-scale paintings of forest sentinels in all their majesty and distress, alongside intimate portraits of simple hand-tools, forged to shape and cultivate our built environment using the products of those very same trees.
Concourse A Gallery is located beyond the Airport’s security checkpoint and is accessible only to travelers. Non-travelers wishing to view the exhibition may do so by appointment; please call (518) 242-2243 or email [email protected]
Learn more about the Albany Airport Art & Culture Program HERE, or find them on Instagram @albanyairportartandculture.