Images & Objects, Stories & Sounds show opens at the Orphic in Roxbury

Roxbury — The Orphic Gallery has announced its first exhibit for the Summer of 2014; Images & Objects, Stories & Sounds featuring sculpture by Lenny Kislin and photographs by Catherine Sebastian.
Lenny creates sculpture from antique rarities and oddities transforming them into intriguing assemblage pieces. For this exhibit, Lenny has chosen a variety of his musically inspired works, some that function as musical instruments and others that suggest evocative narratives. Catherine will exhibit a selection of music photography from her time in California and New York. She will show portraits, concert photos, and intimate behind the scenes shots including pictures of Levon Helm, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, John Sebastian, Pete Seeger, and Richie Havens.
The Orphic Gallery will celebrate Images & Objects, Stories & Sounds with an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. Both Catherine Sebastian and Lenny Kislin will be in attendance. The exhibit will run from May 24 through June 29.
Catherine Sebastian’s mother was a painter, which no doubt contributed to her daughter’s exceptional eye for what makes an outstanding photograph. Catherine has been taking pictures since she was a Los Angeles teenager. She studied darkroom and printing technique with the legendary teacher Kirk Kirkpatrick. “Like every other person who picks up a camera I had a lot to learn about light and shadow and how to lay them down on film. I immediately felt this was for me, the excitement of interpreting the visual world,” she said. “What I learned in those classes and exercises still informs how I think about capturing what I see. Light is the medium. It is the brush and also at the heart of emotional import.”

Lots of press
She has had work published in The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Chronogram, ROLL, Blues Revue, LA Connection, BAM, Fine Art magazine and Trouser Press. A cover portrait of Levon Helm was recently voted by Chronogram’s reader’s their favorite cover in the 20-year history of the magazine’s covers.
Lenny Kislin combines his eye for rarity, his razor-sharp wit and pithy sense of humor to create truly individual one-of-a-kind pieces. Limiting himself to using only the pieces he has in front of him, a veritable treasure trove of antique miscellaneous items, the artist produces three-dimensional wall sculptures and stand-alone sculptures. Kislin considers his work to be collaboration with artists from the past: “I express myself through my respect and creativity for the pieces, made by many different souls, many years ago. I pay homage to the early artisans whose work I am offering-up to new eyes,” states Kislin.

Range of work
His work ranges from sardonic to irreverent. He often uses playful juxtaposition and whimsical titles, but his work is far from limited to making people laugh. Cool Cats is one of several Kislin works which takes a pointed look at the history of race relations using blackface folk art, pieces which may have been derogatory in the way they were rendered, creating fresh commentary on the past.
Through his childlike wonder at the power of found objects, Kislin has become a recognized and highly patronized artist. His first piece ever, titled Suicide, was made up of an 18th century carpenter’s traveler and an old bowling ball. It was purchased by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Hawaii.
For further information on Images & Objects, Stories & Sounds or the Orphic Gallery, please contact Phillip Lenihan at 607 326-6045 or phil@orphicgallery.com.