Kim Krause's current paintings embody his responses to Greek mythology. This colorful, energetic body of work, Chronos/Tropos, is on view at the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Pearlman Gallery through Feb. 8. (See Laura James' interview with Krause here.)
Read on for an eclectic collection of Krause's inspirations, in his own words.
Music and art.
I can't imagine a world without the 1955 Jazz recordings of Don Shirley, those sublime still lifes of Chardin or Woody Allen's Manhattan, nor can I go more than a month without hearing some version of Guy Wood's My One and Only Love. When I need emotional space inside a masterpiece, I ponder the work of Joseph Cornell or listen to Elgar's Enigma Variations, Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians or Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. The paintings of Van Dyck, Manet, DeKooning and Guston only begin to define my visual inspirations while George Gershwin, John McLaughlin, Brian Wilson and those great Motown tunes by Holland/Dozier/Holland provide the soundtrack.
Poetry. I keep a copy of Ann Lauterbach's The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience nearby as she's able to open wide vistas of possibility in an atmosphere of total uncertainty, a necessary condition for me in the studio. And recently Jack Gilbert's latest poems hit home by offering enormous places for reflection and contemplation.
Travel. And of course there is travel, particularly in Europe. It is provocative and energizing, an exploration of my sensibilities in pursuit of the essential.
Food and camaraderie. Everything is made more meaningful over a delicious meal, conversation with family or friends and an excellent glass of wine.
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