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Adell Donaghue – Ken Gagne: “Kindred Spirits in Black & White”

March 8, 2024 - April 6, 2024


Opening Reception: Sunday March 10, 2 – 5pm
ArtWalk: Thursday March 14, 5-8pm

They share the same inquisitive eye. They are both spectators and witnesses, of time past, of the absurd or the mundane, the anecdotal. They both transform what they have experienced into powerful images. Often in black and white, always filled with emotion and nostalgic wonder. Their artistic approach is so different, yet they are so much alike. The Elusie Gallery has brought them together for this unique exhibit.

To see more images, we strongly recommend you visit the Elusie Gallery in person.

Adell Donaghue Statement:


“I use light to suggest our shared humanity. I believe the highest achievement for an artist is the transformation of physical materials into light, be it graphite or charcoal on paper, paint on canvas or the projection of images through film onto or through a surface. For me, this transformation of materials is a deeply spiritual experience because both singularly and collectively, we are made of light – of the same materials as stars. This idea is central to my work. I create art by funneling the world through my psyche in peculiar ways. The secret for me is to remain open to exploration, allowing the soul of a place to reveal its magic.

My drawings, paintings, prints and videos are documents. They evidence my perplexing feelings about the time we live in. Growing up in the United States in the twentieth century, I have spent my life observing an empire in decline. Creating scenes of vernacular architecture, carnival and the empty spaces along the American highways in light and shadow, I ask my work to whisper across time and space – this is how it felt to be here!

Ken Gagne Statement:
My body of work in this exhibit is titled “Nostalgia Noir.”

nos.tal.gia \ n : a wistful yearning for something past or irrecoverable.
noir \ adj : a style having a dark quality suggestive of danger and cynicism.

As a boy, I grew up in a black & white world; our first television, old movies and crime mystery novels.

I see images in black & white art forms as having many shades of gray that help tell their stories, like life itself, casting shadows. Sometimes the past has a way of showing up in front of you and coming back into your life without being called. Do you believe in reincarnation?

The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”- Mickey Newbury


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