Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue and Gold at The Lodge Gallery

Kent Henricksen's Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery
Opening night for Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue and Gold at The Lodge Gallery
Aritst Kent Henricksen
Aritst Kent Henricksen

After a couple of days of attending openings for this new season, we stopped by The Lodge Gallery to see Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue and Gold. This show is captivating, manipulating and controlling all at the same time. The first thing you see as you walk in are a large number of golden stakes that immediately reminded me of Vlad the Impaler; the inspiration behind Bam Stroker’s Dracula. Vlad started torturing insects when he was once jailed by impaling them through sharp sticks and gradually moved on to humans as a way to strike fear and demand respect. He would make his enemies, which he had plenty of, sit through a sharp and thick stake.

More amazing work by Henricksen
Painting by Henricksen
Close up of a painting
Close up of Kent Henricksen’s work

Ken’s golden stakes are dominating and intimidating but by painting them gold, he gives them charm and takes away some of the terror. So these can be thought of as ‘symbolic’ stakes – as if he is saying that wealth corrupts and decapitates as easily as any barbaric form of torture.  These are ‘gilded’ stakes that many in our society, perhaps, choose to sit on. First you navigate through the labyrinth of these golden stakes, which are close to each other and demand your full attention. Now that he has your complete attention, you can enjoy the intensity of this show which is full of essential details and mystical characters. The paintings are a mixture of silkscreened gold and meticulous embroidery with images from Eastern and Western cultures that alone are disturbing but combined have a balance and harmony. The execution of this show is very impressive. The gallery is painted midnight blue with gold dot stencils, and by using the gallery as his canvas, Kent transports you to his cryptic sinister world full of bizarre archetypes. If you stop by to see this show, make sure you’ve had your coffee because for this one, you have to pay attention.

 

Kent Henricksen: Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery

131 Chrystie street, NYC

September 5th – October 5th, 2014

 

Article and photography by Jamie Martinez

Opening night for Kent Henricksen's Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery
Opening night for Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue and Gold at The Lodge Gallery
(M) Co-founder Jason Patrick Voegele with guests
(M) Co-founder Jason Patrick Voegele with guests
Work by Kent Henricksen at the Lodge Gallery
Work by Kent Henricksen at the Lodge Gallery
Opening night for Kent Henricksen's Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery
Opening night for Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue and Gold at The Lodge Gallery
Work by Kent Henricksen at the Lodge Gallery
Work by Kent Henricksen at the Lodge Gallery
(L)  Keith Schweitzer with guests at the opening(L)  Keith Schweitzer with guests at the opening
(L) Keith Schweitzer with guests at the opening
(M) Sean McGurn with guests
(M) Sean McGurn with guests
Kent Henricksen's Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery
Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue and Gold at The Lodge Gallery
(L-R) Sean McGurn, Monique Mantell and Frank Webster
(L-R) Sean McGurn, Monique Mantell and Frank Webster
Work by Kent Henricksen at the Lodge Gallery
Work by Kent Henricksen at the Lodge Gallery
Opening night for Kent Henricksen's Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery
Opening night for Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery
Close up to a golden stake
Close up to a golden stake by Kent Henrickson
Guests chatting at the opening
Guests chatting at the opening
Jamie Martinez

Jamie Martinez

Jamie Martinez is the founder and publisher of ARTE FUSE contemporary art platform. Jamie is an artist that uses triangulation which is the formation of or division into triangles. His process involves constructing, deconstructing and fragmenting images, data, and information geometrically into triangulated segments whether it’s in painting, sculpture, video, AR/VR or conceptual work. He studied at the International Fine Arts College, Fashion Institute of Technology and the Art Students League. Follow him @TRIANGULISM (instagram and twitter)

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