If you happen to find yourself in Maine (and you should… it’s beautiful this time of year), this is the final week for the Everything You Know is True at the Engine, a exhibit of the illustrations and artwork by Portland’s very own Kimberly Convery.
Kimberly is an amazingly talented illustrator full of whimsy and wonder, living in a hot-air balloon of her imagination far above us boring landlubbers, drawing wild landscapes of the mind. She’s an old friend and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. An honest heart, as they say. A true believer in art.
Anyway, I’ll let the artist statement for Everything You Know is True speak for itself:
The drawings are mixing soft subtle skies with glass buildings and implied landscapes. Interrupting this dream like world gems or sharp shapes shift through with no explanation. The incorporation of all of these subtle symbols blend together to create a familiar comfortable space, which isn’t necessarily questioned. The new combination of this time and space becomes a new truth. The comparison of color, unexplained spatial relations and objects that are adored create new truths when placed in a narrative that is left to be discovered. The combination of things can be organized in the brain by lots of different learned behaviors, tastes and categories that were taught over the years. This accumulation and assimilation into image making makes all of these things that I’ve assumed to be true a new truth. Even things that I know to be a lie or not real are also a truth, the very concept of knowing something creates a path of truth. The enjoyment of the thought “Everything You Know is True” has inspired me to extend this conversation and invite artists that I find extremely respectable and insightful in their own work to respond in a short writing about their understanding or argument against this phrase. As I am not the first to question this, I hope this show provokes a sort of new perspective on trusting your inquisitive reaction to making and viewing and noticing the new truth that is being mixed into your own truths. – Kimberly Convery
As part of the exhibit, Kimberly invited several artists to write a short dialogue on their artistic process and what the phrase “Everything Know You is True” means to them personally.
I wrote a short piece. I had no idea it was in the exhibit until she found me in a coffeeshop and handed over a framed copy. That’s how sweet she is.
My favorite drawing of Kim’s is still the incredible balloon illustration that she let us use for the cover of Exit Strata: PRINT! No. 1. Stop by the exhibit at Engine, or check out more of her illustrations at kimberlyconvery.com.