First Fridays Artswalk Opening: Ben Evans and Karl Mullen

Join us as Carrie Wright presents works by Ben Evans & Karl Mullen for view and sale.

Opening reception on November 6th, 5pm-7pm in the expanded space at Dottie's Coffee Lounge, curated by Carrie Wright, whose goal it is to make exceptional art available to our community and its collectors.

Benjamin Evans: A Berkshires based ceramic artist specializing in handmade functional and sculptural ceramics. He grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York and began creating art at an early age, quickly knowing a career in art was his path. During his formative years, Ben spent time on the Hudson River, which gave him a love for boats and the water, influences that can be seen in much of his work. Ben's work is characterized by bold forms, color, and pattern.

Ben's recent tile paintings are an extension of his functional pottery and focus on structure, pattern, and geometry. He builds three dimensional tiles and then creates depth and surface complexities by layering subtle geometric lines over layers of colored slip. Final layers of colored glaze are often used to create different levels of texture, with some sections of surface being dry or matte finish and others being glossy. He uses these lines, patterns, and glaze methods to camouflage or optically skew the three dimensional form. 


Karl Mullen: Born in Dublin, Ireland, lives in Massachusetts where he works in a studio in the cow stall of a nineteenth-century barn. He has developed his own distinctive approach to art making, utilizing walnut oil, raw powder pigment and a wax medium that coalesce into color-saturated, luminous images. Painting largely with his hands, Karl creates primitive, poetic figures that float on fields of color.

Karl's ground of choice is artist-stock Arches paper, old book pages, sheet music, photographs and other ephemera that glow with the passage of time. Recently he has been experimenting with non-traditional materials such as wine, tea, salt, shoe polish, Indian spices, spit and ash, applied with bottles, knives and other kitchen utensils to give a draftsmanly quality to his work.