Trustman Art Gallery


Daniel Kornrumpf and Kathy Soles

February 4 - March 4

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 4, 5-7 p.m.

Simmons University presents Extrapolation with Daniel Kornrumpf and Kathy Soles, painters creating personal responses with their media, from February 4 – March 4 at the Trustman Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway in Boston. A reception from 5-7 p.m. will be held on Thursday, February 4, 5-7 p.m. with a February 11 snow date. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The images of Daniel Kornrumpf and Kathy Soles entice the viewer in divergent ways. Kornrumpf is an observer who creates portraits derived from social media and his personal life. His small, finely wrought embroideries are set within a larger linen field that plays call and response to the threads creating the image. Within his oil paintings he leaves us open space, reflective of the partial narrative available even amongst one’s intimates. Soles’ paintings are exuberant in both form and color, based on her interest in the natural world. Painting con brio with oil, Soles uses colors that energetically evoke the sea, sand and sky.

Daniel Kornrumpf’s use of embroidery in Focal Length is exquisite. Golden threads caress the planes of the face in finely modulated tones. Set within a larger linen rectangle, the image is only slightly longer than wide with the linen ÒframeÓ echoing the shape. Kornrumpf’s finely detailed stitches give textural heft to a portrait that was inspired by social media. He received a Massachusetts Cultural Council award in 2014 for this work.

Kathy Soles lures us into a world of abstract sensual extravagance. The colors conjure summer at the sea, which is where many of the works had their start. Soles spent three weeks at the Provincetown Dune-Shacks residency where artists, sans electricity and running water, experience sea and sky. She has often found inspiration in water and landscape. The center of Steep Slope is dark blue with exciting flashes of orange flame shapes. The paint is applied in a rush, suggesting the wind and constant flux of the sea. It is joyful, yet the energy has a dark danger at its center.

These two artists invite us to share their vision by using their media to extend our expectations. Soles seduces us with her vigorous use of oil paints, dragging lines, layering colors and printing of shapes, creating jubilant fantasies. Kornrumpf uses minute threads to create detailed studies of unknown people, while in his paintings, his lack of form counterbalances superbly descriptive portraits, and reminds us that we never really know anyone completely.

The Gallery continues its Lunchtime Lecture series on Thursday February 25, 12:30-1:30 with Professor Bob White, Communications, presenting Pandemonium Shadow Show.

Trustman Art Gallery hours are 10 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 10 AM – 7 PM on Wednesday and Thursday. The gallery is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact Kyle Mendelsohn at (617) 521-2268 or find us on Instagram.