our Kent Henricksen exhibit at @LodgeGallery listed by artnet as one of “6 Lower East Side Gallery Shows to See Now”
Kent Henricksen, “Disharmony in Blue and Gold” at The Lodge Gallery, through October 5.
“Violently beautiful” is the most concise way to describe this show. With the Lodge Gallery’s walls all painted midnight blue and covered in a stenciled grid of golden dots, Kent Henricksen conjures a dreamy atmosphere, even if the rest of the installation is distinctly nightmarish: a small forest of wooden spears painted gold, some of them topped by clay pots emblazoned with monstrous faces (this device is inspired by classic moonshine jugs, which featured scary faces to frighten away the kids). On the walls, canvases feature his trademark historic fabric patterns—cherubs, pastoral scenes, Bible episodes, etc.—augmented with hand-embroidered hooded figures. Somewhere between KKK knights, ghosts, and avant-garde pranksters, the figures (like everything else in the exhibition) are at once playful, menacing, and wonderfully crafted.