The Other Ken Weathersby, Gallery Affero, Newark, NJ

Ken Weathersby, 186, 2011
Acrylic and graphite on linen, with removed areas
30 x 24 inches

March 10 – April 14, 2012

Ken Weathersby’s exhibition at Gallery Aferro includes easel-sized, patterned abstract paintings, photographic works, and several wall-mounted boxes containing tiny, crafted objects resembling miniature paintings.

The works in the show shuffle the traditional given stuff of pictures and picture-making. The paintings are subtly pulled apart, or have pieces cut out and removed, or their painted faces refuse to be seen. The wall-mounted boxes may be mere models for groupings of larger works, or may be works in themselves. This intentional ambiguity extends to photographs included in the show, paired portraits, which offer false resemblance and shifting identity in seemingly straightforward profile pictures.

Ken Weathersby’s paintings were seen in 2011 in Time Is the Diamond, at Some Walls in Oakland, California, and a 2010 solo exhibition, Perfect Mismatch, at Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn. Group shows that exhibited his works in 2011 took place at the art galleries of the University of Maryland, Kent State University, University of Delaware, University of Dayton, and the College of St. Elizabeth. His paintings were shown in the National Academy of Art Museum’s 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art in New York, and in the exhibition Continuing Color Abstraction at The Painting Center in New York. He is the recipient of a Mid-Atlantic Arts / New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Painting and a yearlong studio residency grant at Studio Aferro.

Weathersby received an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has lived in or near New York City since 1990.