Simple Compounds & Compound Image
simple.compounds.&.compound.image presents three sculptural situations that explore language and materiality: things as they are. Brian Kain's inquiry exemplifies the dialectic and demonstrates the materiality of language.
Curator Lori Rubeling, instructor in art at Villa Julie, introduces Kain's works:
"Ideas and images are the media of our thoughts. We use ideas and images to compose meanings and relationships to things. They are the mind's materials. Language and Pictures are sub-genres of Material. This has been demonstrated in the provenance of Art for millennia. It is the operation of Language that isolates an image. It is the appearance of a Picture that isolates a word."
This show includes a catalog dialog between the curator and the artist that explores the language and materiality exhibition themes. An excerpt from this dialog follows.
Brian Kain lives and works out of his studios in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In 1984 he was awarded a BFA degree in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He studied painting with George Ortman, Cranbrook Academy of Art and completed his MFA studies in Sculpture with Michael D. Hall at Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1990.
Kain has been investigating language and materiality since the early 1990's. Additional works include The Plywood series; Interdependencies; Displacements; The Center of Things; The Order of Things; and The Picture of Things. He has exhibited in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. His works can be found in private collections across the country.