Rural Kingdoms, an exhibit of all new paintings and other works from Will Gaynor and Adam Young. This collection of work sees to expand the visual implications of both the words “rural” and “kingdom” – to imply that rural is more than just a place outside of town, but can be somewhere far away from even the slightest constructs of a traditional landscape – a place you can only get to from traveling your own thoughts. Maybe your kingdom has no castle – or maybe it’s in a butterfly sanctuary, or a knot in an old tree – maybe it’s a desert hallucination or it could just be a broke down barn on the side of two lane highway.
In addition to their paintings, Gaynor and Young are collaborating with Austin florist and artist, Erin Knipp, on a large scale, immersive walk-in installation within the gallery. The structure will combine the unique imagery and aesthetics in the artists’ works in an effort to create an ethereal sanctuary, befallen to, and at the same time, glorified by nature.
Will Gaynor is an artist living in Austin, Texas – originally from Southwestern Virginia. His artwork is an interpretation of stories and experiences retold to create an ongoing personal and visual, canonical folktale. Gaynor’s primary influences for the work in this exhibition were American folk art, Indian miniature painting and experiences in nature that are best shared through symbols and color.
Adam Young is a self taught artist , woodworker and metalworker from southwest Louisiana. His artwork draws from many sources. His youth in the wooded-swamplands of his boyhood home, his curiosity of the natural world, as well as musical heros, historical truths and local lore, and the art of storytelling all play parts in the work. His work has been shown at various galleries in Austin including Common House, Bearded Lady, Camp Fig, The Yellowjacket Social Club and at the Webb Gallery in Waxahatchie, Tx. Adam works and lives in Austin with his wife Rachel and their daughter Magnolia who equally inspire his work.