Visual Arts, City Picks


When: Tue., July 2 2013

Stars are great. You can spend a night staring at them, wish upon them, even buy them. Or if your Alizey Khan, you can paint them. Kahn graduated from CofC last December with degrees in studio art and arts management and has since been proving skeptics of art majors wrong. She’s landed her work at Artist & Craftsman Supply and at Redux Contemporary Art Center, where she has a studio and teaches classes. And in July, she’ll teach a four-week resin painting class about the technique she uses for the 3-D astronomical paintings that will be displayed in her upcoming show. Despite majoring in art, Khan has always had a general interest in science. “I’ve collected photos from NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day site for years,” says Khan, “but I was originally drawn to paint astronomical subject matter for its formal aesthetic qualities — the spatial interplay of hazy, colorful nebulae and sharp stars.” Differing from traditional landscape paintings’ foci, where close objects are the sharpest, Kahn’s astronomical paintings put fuzzy objects in the foreground and sharp objects in the background, which you can see firsthand at the opening reception of her exhibit Interspatial: Astronomical Art. In addition to 3-D paintings, Khan creates canvas paintings and etchings. A limited quantity of hand-printed linocuts will be given out at the reception. The exhibit runs through Aug. 17.

Nikki Palazzo

Price: Free


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