Ray Kass

Artist & Founder — Mt Lake Workshop

The Mountain Lake Workshop : Express Yourself Painting

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Mountain Lake Lodge : April 11, 2014 @ 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Express Yourself Art Weekend

This is a new Mountain Lake Workshop event and is intended for individuals who simply want an emotive exercise and guidance in painting.  The workshop provides a non-competitive studio environment where participants are encouraged to freely express themselves and stretch their creative limits without the pressures of critiques or pin ups. Participants will be gently facilitated to access their intuition and draw image and form from within to create works of expressive color and form.

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FOR Instance: the Art of Martin Johnson

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FOR Instance:  the Art of Martin Johnson is organized by Ray Kass, Adjunct Curator of Southeastern American Art and will be on display at the Taubman Museum of Art in the Contemporary Gallery March 1 - August 23, 2014.

Featuring more than thirty works dating from 1972 to the present, FOR Instance: the Art of Martin Johnson presents a generous cross-section of the artist’s work. His intense and energetically charged pieces, created in both two and three dimensions, combine recycled found objects and shapes, densely woven patterns, text, and language games that improvise visual puns. They tempt the eye and the ear of the viewer to enter Johnson’s universe of pure free association. Johnson weaves words and patterns together in a compulsive manner that expresses a genuine kinship with outsider artists; yet his sophisticated approach to materials provides an often ironic and deliberate strategy that comments on the nuances of our consumer driven culture, injected with a dash of sly humor.

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Ambiguity and Interface

Taubman Museum of Art : Friday, August 23, 2013 - Saturday, January 25, 2014

Co-curated by Ray Kass, Adjunct Curator of Southeastern American Art and guest-curator, Dr. Howard Risatti, author of Theory Craft, University of North Carolina Press, Ambiguity and Interface: Art Across the Spectrum explores relationships between art objects that are customarily categorized as either fine art or craft. The traditional reference to an art work as being a "craft" was customarily used to describe utilitarian objects that fulfilled simple domestic needs like cups and teapots -- however, the common forms of functional hand made objects have often been appropriated by artists to create works of fine art that are not expected to serve a functional purpose.

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STATE OF THE ART: Virginia Crossroads

Taubman Art Museum : Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - Saturday, February 23, 2013

The nine regional artists featured in this exhibition present works, varying greatly in medium and materials, which subtly address an array of broad cultural issues including technology, domesticity, and climate, presented in artistic languages that are both representational and abstract.  This selection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs was conceived by Ray Kass, the museum's Adjunct Curator of Southeast American Art. 

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Metempsychosis: The Power of Transformation

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Taubman Museum of Art : Friday, February 10, 2012 - Saturday, June 16, 2012

Constant exploration, questioning, and the search for meaning and transcendence are part of what defines the human experience. Metempsychosis (the title taken from James Joyce's literary masterpiece Ulysses) invites us to look beyond the obvious and search for deeper meaning. By juxtaposing stylistically dissimilar images from different cultural contexts, this exhibit challenges us to look more deeply and draw new conclusions in the world around us.

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Nature and the Non-Objective Realm

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Taubman Museum of Art : Thursday, March 10, 2011 - Sunday, October 2, 2011

Nature and the Non-Objective Realm" is a re-installation of the Taubman’s Contemporary Gallery based on photography, painting and sculpture by artists who are represented in the Taubman Museum's permanent collection. The selection is comprised of exemplary works by mostly southeastern artists and emphasizes the relationship between early modern figurative and landscape traditions, and the successive development of abstract and non-objective styles in contemporary art.

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