Beyond The Horizon
LARASSA KABEL & CLARE DOVETON
Portrait of the Midwest: Clare Doveton and Larassa Kabel’s “Beyond the Horizon” By Shoshi Rosen Majestic, black and white horses tumble through the air. Their hyper-realistic bodies are captured midjump, or perhaps mid-fall, suspended delicately in the precarious moments before their inevitable landings. Beside them, celestial landscapes glow with an eerie yet inviting warmth. They are luminous and alluring, like sirens calling sweetly to viewers to enter their mysterious otherworld. Tangled and snarled thistles are cast in black silhouette against backgrounds of plain white. This is “Beyond the Horizon,” a joint show of works from Larassa Kabel and Clare Doveton. Kabel’s cascading horse drawings conjure a distinct tension. Their muscles bulge and flex; their skin ripples and stretches. Their manes and tails billow around them as they approach inevitable collision with the ground. Though this impact is just seconds away, the ground itself is not visible. Kabel removes her plummeting horses from context, instead placing them against backgrounds of plain white. The fate of the animal is thus uncertain. Perhaps they will gracefully land their intentional, elegant jumps. Perhaps they will crash clumsily into the ground from abrupt and injurious falls. Or perhaps they will tumble endlessly through the air, trapped in Kabel’s empty settings. Clare Doveton’s landscapes, too, convey an unmistakably tense quality. The artist reimagines scenes of Kansas nature with glowing pink horizons, pulsing cosmic constellations, and fiery red fields. The paintings seem soft, warm, and hospitable. They are tempting and indulgent, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the lush, mystical scenery. And yet, the works are quietly and dissonantly menacing. The glinting, rosy light of the horizon is visible only through an ominous, dark ring of deep purples and maroons. Doveton’s alluring, dreamlike havens are just out of reach, just beyond the looming circles of darkness. The paintings are at once romantic and tragic, tangible and elusive, enticing and isolating.
Clare Doveton, This Vast Night, oil on canvas, 48x96 inches, $10, 000
Larassa Kabel, At Last, colored pencil and artist’s tears on paper, 64 x 35.5 inches, $9,000
When exhibited together, Kabel and Doveton’s works call and respond to one another. On the north wall of Weinberger Fine Art’s Drawing Room hangs “At Last,” one of Kabel’s falling horse drawings. The monochrome animal dives headfirst into the artist’s undefined abyss. Its veins protrude from its outstretched neck, and its limbs fan out from its twisted body. Across from Kabel’s drawing, “This Vast Night” by Doveton depicts a gleaming sunset beyond a lens-like ring of ominous gloom. Whereas Kabel’s horse drawing is subject sans setting, Doveton’s landscape painting is setting sans subject. Whereas Kabel extracts color from her plummeting horse, Doveton employs an expansive range of colors, even more varied and vibrant than the openair Kansas landscape from which she draws inspiration. “At Last” and “This Vast Night” exemplify the subtle yet profound interactions between Kabel and Doveton’s unique bodies of work.
Left: Clare Doveton, Tall Thistle, Matfield Station 2, ink on paper, 30 x 22.5, $1,600 Right: Larassa Kabel, The Tremor of Dusk, colored pencil and artist’s tears on paper, 34 x 23, $5,720
Both Larassa Kabel and Clare Doveton simultaneously romanticize the delicate beauty of Midwestern imagery and warn of its perils. The artworks on display are irresistibly calming yet anxiety-producing. â€œBeyond the Horizonâ€? is a chilling and nostalgic portrait of the Midwest â€“ of the fields that raised us, of the creatures that spoke to us, and of the skies that inspired us.
Larassa Kabel Larassa Kabel of Des Moines is a visual artist who uses photorealistic drawings, paintings and prints to address issues of loss, fear, gender and feminism. At the root, her work is about compassion. Kabel’s work has been shown nationally in galleries and museums including the Des Moines Art Center, The Mission Gallery, Peel Gallery, Karolyn Sherwood Gallery, exhibit 101, Visions West, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Moberg Gallery, and the Dubuque Museum of Art. She was a 2017 United States Artist Fellowship nominee and winner of the David Hurd Innovator in the Arts Award.
Clare Doveton Clare Doveton obtained her BFA from Parsons School of Art and Design in New York City in 1998. After exhibiting on both coasts, Doveton moved to Lawrence, Kansas where she currently paints in the Warehouse Arts District. Her lucid, dream-like oil paintings depict the complexity of each open sunrise, landscapes, as well as the other art forms that inspire her in the moment. Clareâ€™s work can be found in private and corporate collections internationally, including The Art of Emprise, Quest Financial, New School University, NOVA Financial, and others. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Zen Center and the Lawrence Arts Center. Clare has been nominated as part of the KC Collection, she was the 2015 Featured Artist for the Lawrence Arts Center Benefit Art Auction, and a 2018 resident of Prairieside Cottage + Outpost artist residency in Matfield Green, Kansas.
CLARE DOVETON All That is to Come 2018 oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches $4,900 SOLD
CLARE DOVETON Tall Thistle, Matfield Station 2 2018 ink on paper 30 x 22.5 inches $1,600
CLARE DOVETON Tall Thistle, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve 2018 flashe on paper 50 x 38 inches $2,700
CLARE DOVETON Tall Thistle, Matfield Station 1 2018 ink on paper 30 x 22.5 inches $1,600
CLARE DOVETON This Vast Night 2018 oil on canvas 48 x 96 inches $10,000
LARASSA KABEL Wildfire 2018 colored pencil and artistâ€™s tears on paper 112 x 60 inches $25,000
LARASSA KABEL Jubilee pencil on paper 24 x 30.75 inches $5,000
LARASSA KABEL Kiowa pencil on paper 25.5 x 23 inches $5,000
CLARE DOVETON Light Is Only Now Just Breaking 2018 oil on canvas 48 x 60 inches $7,600
LARASSA KABEL Tonto pencil on paper 60 x 60 inches $25,000
CLARE DOVETON Where We Begin oil on canvas 15 x 30 inches $3,100
CLARE DOVETON Thistle Study 2 ink on paper 18 x 24 inches $950
CLARE DOVETON Widening Circles oil on canvas 48 x 60 inches $7,600
CLARE DOVETON Thistle Study 1 ink on paper 9 x 12 inches $500
CLARE DOVETON Thistle Study 3 ink on paper 9 x 12 inches $500
CLARE DOVETON Thistle Study 11 ink on paper 9 x 12 inches $500
CLARE DOVETON Thistle Study 9 ink on paper 9 x 12 inches $500
CLARE DOVETON Be Still to Wake the Heart 2018 oil on canvas 36 x 36 inches $5,000
CLARE DOVETON Crown of Stars 2018 oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches $5,900
LARASSA KABEL The Setting of a Thousand Suns 2018 colored pencil and artistâ€™s tears on paper 30 x 22 inches $5,170
LARASSA KABEL The Tremor of Dusk 2018 colored pencil and artistâ€™s tears on paper 34 x 23 inches $5,720
LARASSA KABEL At Last 2018 colored pencil and artistâ€™s tears on paper 64 x 34.5 inches $9,000