The Porch of the Caryatids: Drawings, Paintings and Sculptures presents a collaborative series of art works—drawings, paintings, ceramics and iron sculptures --- produced in Kevin’s painting studio in the meat-packing district of New York City, Dale Coughenour’s blacksmith forge in Middletown, New York and ceramicist Rosa Silverman’s New York City potter’s kiln.
The collaboration was inspired by drawings made by Kevin of the porch of the caryatids on the Erechtheum on the Parthenon in Athens, Greece and of sculptures of Artemis of Ephesus in modern Turkey. The drawings, paintings , and ceramic and iron sculptures dramatize the relationship between the iconography of Artemis of Ephesus and the Roman Goddess Diana ,the virgin spied upon at her bath by the stag hunter Actaeon famously portrayed in Book III of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The works were exhibited by the Jason McCoy Gallery in New York City in 2006.
EXCERPTS FROM THE CATALOGUE ESSAYS
“The Porch of the Caryatids marks Kevin Brine’s ecstatic synthesis of his life’s yearnings. He has reclaimed his love of myths, began anew his journey, and found in the medium of painting a new language that can reflect and balance his mental fascination with the fundamental forces of religion and nature , and his sensual embrace of the material world found in the luscious paste and infinite spectrum of oil painting.” ----Alexandra Munroe, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
“Archetypes of the Western tradition course through Kevin Brine’s recent work. Actaeon the voyeur, favorite of painters, spying Diana at her bath. Artemis of Ephesus, Diana’s Greek model. The caryatid maiden of the Erechtheum, muse of artists past and present.“----Mariët Westermann, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Continue...
Forward and Acknowledgements
Kevin R Brine
The Porch of the Caryatids
1. The Fusion of Dichotomies
Graham Nickson interviews Kevin R Brine
2. List of Works