In the Studio – Lindsay Jordan Kretchun

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You already know Lindsay as my partner in art and fun, but now you can get to know her as our September artist in the gallery. Megan and I had the pleasure of turning the tables on her by interviewing Lindsay in her home studio.

Duplex: Tell us about this body and how is it different than your previous work?
Lindsay Jordan Kretchun: This was inspired by a Chaucer poem, The Legend of Good Women. It goes through nine different fabled or historic, depending on what your definition of history might be, tales of women in Greek and Roman mythology. You’ve got characters such as Cleopatra, being the most well known, to Medea and Thisbe for example. Each one is a complicated and complex story of love, betrayal and often death.

It is a departure in the way that I work because of the clear narratives behind it. My figures are similar in that they were feral, disappearing bodies on paper. I think of these as more illustrative, since they contain elements from the specific narrative. This is also due to that fact that I’ve done more illustration work, I am playing between what I do during the day and what I do to make paintings. They blend, they are getting more graphic, getting more line and there is more drawing involved. But the familiar female figure is still there in their playful sexual, manic, or in rapture state. I love making drawings of women in euphoria, as in the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, in transverberation or religious ecstasy. Sometimes they come in the form of characters from myth, showgirls or as child wildlings.

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MAS Attack 6

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This weekend we made the drive to L.A. to check out MAS Attack which is put on by ARTRA Curatorial. An all volunteer organization that features emerging artists in large scale art events. MAS Attack 6, which was at the Torrence Art Museum, included work by my other half, Lindsay Jordan Kretchun, our first artist to show in the gallery, Rachel Warkentin, and 198 other artists from all over the country. (Plus Emily Counts and Max Presneill – both who we are exited to work with in an upcoming group show!)

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You can see Lindsay’s piece, Stay Gold, in the far top right!

Check out the Picard Pick Art Facebook page for more photos from the event. IMG_0099 Oh, we also had fun at LACMA.IMG_0021 IMG_0068
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Coming up in January we will host a Los Angeles /Portland exchange of sorts. Three artists from L.A. (Roni Feldman, Max Presneill, and Jay Erker) and three from Portland (Rachel Warkentin, Emily Counts, and Erin McCarty). But coming up even sooner, Duplex will show Lindsay’s work in September! Keep your eyes peeled for more information on both of the shows.

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