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August 2013

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Duy Huynh and Julie Covington

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique in Charlotte, NC, will present A Synthesis Of Sorts, featuring new paintings by gallery co-owner Duy Huynh, pottery by Julie Covington and collaborations between the two, on view from Aug. 2 through Sept. 28, 2013.

Vietnamese born Duy Huynh creates poetic and contemplative acrylic paintings that draw inspiration from a variety of storytellers in formats that range from music and movies to ancient folklore and comic book adventures. While much of Huynh’s work is deeply personal, his clever and oftentimes humorous use of symbolism and wordplay invites the viewer to create their own storyline.

In his recent paintings, Huynh attempts to literally and symbolically connect fluid patterns in nature/wildlife with that of human made aspirations. The results are often hybrid dreamscapes filled with melodic manifestations and flowering fragments that transcend limitations of logic. The goal is to nurture a visual language that could evoke a sense of wonderment while celebrating the fragility of a precarious life.

Asheville, NC, based potter Julie Covington balances her studio life with farm life, passionately living with as many handcrafted ingredients as possible. Covington is surrounded by people who fill their days doing such things as felting tiny baby shoes, hunting for wild foods and mushrooms and then concocting mouth-watering feasts out of them, building hand-hewn log cabins and straw bale cottages, growing heirloom vegetables and flowers, whittling little wooden spoons, making bamboo fences, and a thousand other things that fascinate and humble her.

According to Covington, “When I make pots it is with the hope that they will nestle comfortably into the lives of the wild and wonderful artists and farmers and musicians all around me and beyond, who seem to be forever raising the bar of what it means to walk around on this earth in a good way.”

Covington’s connection to the earth is evident in her wheel thrown and altered stoneware with wax-resist designs, such as swirling vines, seedpods and circles. She aims to make sweet and sturdy one-of-a-kind pots that can withstand a rough and tumble life and enhance humble daily rituals. Her pots feel “equally at home on a cozy dinner table or on the floor of an old pick-up truck”.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/334-4616 or visit (www.larkandkey.com).

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