"Apartment", an exhibit by Jackie Kearns will be on display from Friday, June 1 through Saturday, June 30 at Berkshire Community College's (BCC) gallery at the Intermodal Transportation Center on the corner of North St. and Columbus Ave. in downtown Pittsfield. A public reception will take place Friday, June 1, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM during the First Fridays Arts Walk.
The artist states: "My name is Jackie Kearns and I am an artist working primarily with oil paint on canvas, furniture, and a variety of other usable objects. I transferred from Berkshire Community College to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where I received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in 2009.
I live and work in a one bedroom apartment in North Adams, Massachusetts. I moved to this location for the solitude to concentrate on painting. What I didn't realize was how much of an impact this particular setting would have on my body of work. I became inspired by the windows and colors of the buildings around me. I often paint the straight lines and rectangles from the architecture but I paint in an expressive fashion, letting layers build which creates a contrast with the clean shapes of my subject".
"My subject matter narrowed down to my surroundings, such as the blue apartment building and yellow house outside my bedroom window, while the variety of surfaces I painted on broadened. I painted the blue building on canvas and on many different usable pieces such as: curtains (which are washable), a dresser, chairs, and light-switch plates. Painting from the same perspective on different occasions allowed me to gain an understanding of my subject, and it also allowed me to confidently play with the unique shape and angles of the piece that I was painting. My goal was for the object to be enhanced by the subject and vice versa. Another goal was to be sure that the project could be completely utilized for what it was made for; therefore, the finished product is protected with polyurethane. My show 'Apartment' is the result of two years of living in my one bedroom apartment, where I have remained inspired by the buildings of my surroundings. I have combined painting with my appreciation for interior decorating by painting functional objects which I have been using in my every day life".
Kearns art has been displayed in Pittsfield, Great Barrington and Amherst.