Opening Reception: July 12, 2013 6 pm – 10 pm
326 W Josephine San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 827-7652
Born in Austin, Texas, 1985
Life and nature are his influences upon which his work exists. Nineteen years ago, he began by painting abstract figurative, shapes and symbols and later portraits, growing up in Texas Hill Country certain memories of the Texas landscapes and Hill Country terrains became crystallized pieces of his current ambiance. Such set of memories included long slow roaming through the wooded sections of the rock and dirt trails. Studying the floor of the woods, the plethora of algae patches that naturally grow during humidity climates, the bark of the trees, branches, leaves, even aged pieces of debris such as rusted metals contrasted with the ever-renewing life of the plants, insects, and animals.
Other memorable observations took place on walks along lakes and creeks, long stares at the day and night time skies and the forming of clouds, imparting impressions of colors and textures of the dirt/rock, shells, insects and the color depths of the sky, which he manifest in the creation of most of his work. Later, the questions of how and why nature looks the way it does began to drive his work. He became sensitized to the natural processes responsible for the appearance of the natural world like specific region of the earth’s crust, sedimentation and erosion.
After many years of painting in acrylic, Kindred moved forward, experimenting with abstracts expressions in various mediums. This pushed him to expand his horizons and tap into new areas of painting he had not yet explored. The layering of the paints and mediums is geological, a build-up of thoughts, emotions and physical interactions buried in the layers of paint. We see only the surface, but everything underneath influences what the surface eventually becomes.
There was an obvious freedom and personal expression with abstraction and it was then that he really began to flourish. He has engulfed himself in the effects of color, texture and the emotional response to strong composition and organic evolution. Today, Kindred’s work is a bold mix of styles, ranging from sleek and contemporary to weathered and organic. He brings a subtle and sophisticated feel to his paintings through a unique balance of color, composition and texture.
Kindred’s work can be found in some of the well-known art districts in San Antonio, Texas.
I grew up in Southern California and earned a B.A. in theatre arts from Cal Poly Pomona focusing on set design and props. My greatest influences have been my mentors from San Antonio, abstract artists Missi Smith and Alberto Mijangos. Other artists that have inspired me are Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.
I am drawn to sidewalk stains, flaking paint on sides of buildings, industrial architecture, weathered wood, cracked cement, and half erased chalkboards. Surfaces that reveal the history of their experience inspire my paintings.
In the rapidly increasing tempo of modern culture, I find myself craving connection to something more permanent or eternal. I am attracted to old buildings with marks, layers of paint showing a history revealed through chipped worn layers.
My acrylic canvases incorporate the stains and scratches of modern culture revealed by the application and removal of textures and relevant objects that encompass years of unfolding stories. I love to re-create these histories in my work through different materials; sand, flat metal pieces, tossed out wrappers – a chronology of human life and the passage of time.
These paintings are a journey through glue, acrylic paint, tar, and cultural detritus. The results are abstract stories that are perceived differently by each viewer. My intent is to create a mysterious environment that pulls one into its secret.
CHARLES HARRISON POMPA
Painting is a universal language just like mathematics, and my art work is all inspired by mistakes, ideas, and risk taking. Art is meant to explore the unknown, and the what if.
Crop circles, fractals, huichol imagery, modern animation and abstract expressionistic art are my fuel for the imagination. My goal is to make a fusion of music, theater, sculpture, painting, and video in to one entity. I cannot consider my self a Chicano artist or a Post modern artist because I am not faithful into identity. One of my passions is to travel and get lost in unknown cities like Istanbul, Mexico city, Madrid, Jerusalem, Cairo, La Havana my concern is of curiosity and to absorb as many cultures and customs as possible.