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Collaboration exhibit in mixed media

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The Billboard Art Project

I have a collaboration project with fellow artist Summer Scharringhausen, called Happy Accidents.  Our artwork will be featured in the 2011 Billboard Art Project, a large-scale art exhibit taking place on the surface of digital billboards in six different cities across the U.S.
Duluth, MN // Chicago, IL // Reading, PA // New Orleans, LA //Baton Rouge, LA // San Bernardino, CA


Kara Hendershot, working on new version of Penelope

Our collaboration all began with an eight-foot piece of plywood, spray paint, and an image inspired by David Lynch. The goal was to create a painting for Altered Esthetics Gallery’s Tales From the Black Lodge exhibit, held in October of 2008 in Minneapolis, MN.

The original painting titled “Penelope” is an ongoing project, a large mixed media painting consisting of giant doll characters amidst an ever-changing background. The painting is constantly changing and evolving, as Happy Accidents re-creates the story within the artwork by continuously painting over the previous scene. Happy Accidents has set a goal to fit “Penelope” into as many Altered Esthetics theme shows as possible.  At least a dozen exhibits have featured “Penelope” thus far.

Our collaboration is all about liberation, spontaneity, and pure fun.

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Mixed media

Most of my paintings are large scale, oil on canvas.  I have a series of smaller pieces in which the subjects and ideas are derived directly from my sketchbook.  I use my smaller pieces to experiment with different drawing/painting media: pen, graphite, marker, charcoal, collage, masking tape, newspaper, gouache, acrylic, watercolor.  These pieces are true to a stream of consciousness, abstract, and uninhibited.  As I practice more with mixed media pieces, I find that my larger pieces take on a similar process.  The surface of the larger canvases begin as streams of thought, like a large format sketchbook.  Ideas build upon one another during the process, for an explorative technique.

I sell the small mixed media original paintings and drawings at my studio during open studio events.  I have sold nearly 60 of these small paintings, and I am continuously creating more…

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I set up this blog when I set up my website recently.  I intend to use it as a venue for sharing ideas about my work, and background stories to the inspirations and processes behind my work.

I would also like to highlight side projects, collaboration projects, and past projects to incorporate the history of my studio work.  I will post new updates and upcoming events, but I may also post past exhibits or past projects from time to time, to share the development and progress of my work from over the years.

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