Sunday, July 15, 2012
Springs Gallery presents new, abstract circus paintings by Christine Klinger
Springs Gallery is pleased to present a sneak preview of the new, abstract painting series by Christine Klinger of Yellow Springs, Ohio. The show includes pieces from her current, Undersea Circus series. The exhibit runs July through September, with an artist reception on Friday, July 20, 2012, from 6 to 9 PM; this coincides with the Village’s Third Friday “Fling in the Springs.” Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.
In her artist statement, Klinger says: “I have always been attracted to the circus. I love the fantasy of running off to join a troupe of artists whose whole life is travel and performing. When I was younger I studied dance for many years and I had a child’s trapeze on my swing set. I used to pretend I was a circus performer: the skilled and graceful bareback rider, the comedic, trickster clown and, especially, the daring, free-flying trapeze artist. I see the circus as containing countless metaphors for life, love and art, and I enjoy thinking about these as I paint. I like to paint intuitively, where anything can happen. For example, as I began to work on the first piece in my circus series, it spontaneously ‘told me’ it wanted to be underwater; so I went with the flow, so to speak.”
Christine Klinger is a Yellow Springs artist, art educator, and owner of Springs Gallery in Yellow Springs. She began her career in photography, working in the field and teaching. Klinger also practiced and taught sculpture for many years before diving into painting. She has a masters in Photojournalism from Ohio University and a bachelors in Psychology from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She received a Visual Artist Fellowship from the Montgomery County (OH) Arts & Cultural District for 2009/2010.
Klinger has been studying and painting since 2006, and was granted an Artist in Residency in painting and photography from the State of South Carolina’s A.I.R. Program in Spring, 2011. She has won awards for her photography, sculpture and painting, and has exhibited in galleries throughout Ohio, South Carolina and California, and is in many private collections.
Photo caption information: “Trapeze Artists," acrylic on canvas, 12” x 16”, painting and photo by Christine Klinger.