Kyle Staver, How to Kiss the Sky

How to Kiss the Sky, Kyle Staver's new show is at Tibor de Nagy. Hyperallergic's John Yau reviewed the show saying Staver’s genius is her ability to envision a mythological world from a child’s point of view, which is to say the vision of someone who believes that these figures exist as flesh, fur, feathers and blood, rather than as symbols or allegorical representations. She further amplifies this belief by depicting all the scenes in media res.

Jennifer Samet interviewed Staver for Beer with a Painter. They discussed Staver's use of mythology, Renoir and while discussing her move from sculpture into painting Staver said

I still think of a painting as a physical thing, like shoveling coal. I feel like a construction worker.  Intuitively, my work was about making stuff until it became real — Pygmalion — and then it developed expressive qualities and capabilities.

Groupers, 2013, oil on canvas, 70 x 57 1/2 inches

Andromeda, 2013, oil on canvas, 68 x 52 inches


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