In Vision – New Work by C.L. Kunst

Mom had it right.

When I was born my mother named me Cynthia Lea, which is an elegant and regal sounding set of names that I am only just now beginning to embrace. Now Lea is easy. Lea means shelter. Lea is an integral part of my Grandmother’s and my oldest daughter’s first name. But that uppity sounding first bit always seemed so far out of my reach.  Originally a reference to a Greek baby name, it literally means of Cynthus, and refers to the location of the birth of the Greek Goddess Artemis and the personification of the first phase of the moon. But modern definitions are more liberal and include ideas that relate to the moon’s more ethereal qualities such as its role as a mirror and reflectors and light in dark places.

When I was growing up I remember feeling intimidated by the big ideas that went with this name. Was this really me? Did this have anything to do with who I was meant to be? I didn’t feel particularly shiny or reflective, much less somehow related to any phase of some classical Greek goddess.  Turns out the answer is yes!!! I get so excited by light! Shining it, flashing it, catching it, teaching it how to dance funny, little flickers in dark places, whatever, just bring on the light! And I don’t think this is an accident either. My birthday comes right in front of the Spring Equinox and the sweet annual return of milder temperatures and longer days. I definitely experience my own personal quickening around this time of year.

March is when the phone starts ringing for portrait sessions again and the art shows, festivals and events for the summer start getting lined up.  So far this year has already been a major hustle-bustle with a pop-up show at a Blind Pig dinner in early February and this week  where I get ready for my latest show at The Circle Asheville that opens Saturday from 3-6.  I’ll be offering a bunch of new work as well as a few old favorites in a new way. Glass!! I’ve gotten together with a local printmaker who helping me create some gorgeous glass art tiles to go along with my other prints and photo art this year. Of course Pop was invaluable and helped me out by making some really cool stands for each tile so you can plunk it in the nearest window and let the sun (or the moon) do all the work backlighting it! They also make really pretty votive shades with a tea candle put on the stand behind the tile for your bookshelf or dining table.

This new body of work represents a jumping off point for me. After making what I call Radiants  for over 10 years I realized that what I’ve really been doing was picking up little pieces of flotsam and jetsam with my camera; bits of visual ephemera that might not mean much now but someday I felt I might find the puzzle this fits into. This year is the year I realized the scope of the puzzle and began to reassemble the pieces into a picture that made sense to me. After looking outward for a very long time I’m beginning to find the worth in looking in. So that’s In Vision, new looks at old works and a re-”in vision”-ing of their purpose in my bigger image. Come see.

In Vision

Show poster at The Circle March 14 – April 10


Popcorn’s Blue Pools

Gus Cutty‘s tribute piece for Popcorn Sutton outside the Double Crown on Haywood Rd.

2.3.14 – Back Alley Blues

Blue Bear in a Back Alley

This lost blue bear paste up glyph by “Ronald Reagan” was in a little back alley off of Haywood Rd. 2 years ago and is long gone now. I never got around to posting it then, guess I was saving it for a bluer day.

Haywood Rd: Welcome to West Asheville Glyphs

Glyphs from the BJ’s Food Mart sign.

Haywood Rd: Laughing Dog Glyphs

Oh I love these!  One on the Gas Up on Haywood Rd. the other across the street on the outside wall of the Circle.  Sweet paste ups!  Thank you Linda!

Staying up late with The Admiral

It’s been a few years since I’ve snuck out of the house but last night that’s what I found myself doing, sneaking out for an hour in the middle of the night to go check out the return of the late night menu at the Admiral. Monday through Friday 10pm – 1am the beer is cold, the drinks are smooth and the spotlight is on the kitchen’s late night menu.  I love their credo: “The elegance of a clipper ship in full sail with the practicality and economy of a cinder block.”

It was so fun to hang out at the bar and just appreciate the scene, not to mention the thrill of sneaking out and staying up late on a school night.

West Asheville: General Advice Glyph

It does indeed. . .

Wright Creative Building – I suspect this is a WC “Homegrown Glyph” as all other graf tags seem to disapear from the building within days while this one remains.  Respect.

Battlecat Coffeebar

Same awesome coffee and art-centric coffeehouse, new awesome name!  West Izzy’s (Wizzy’s) has now become the Battlecat Coffeebar.   I’m hooked on the Sweetie-Spicy combo of their Mexican Mocha so I’m glad that’s all that’s changing.

There will be monthly featured artist shows so it will be interesting to watch the rotation on the walls.   They are also stocking the fridge with the Gyspy Queen‘s locally made wraps so you can eat well even when Suzy and Spartacus aren’t parked out front.  Rock on Battlecat!  Keep the good ideas and coffee flowing!

Haywood Road: Tree Glyph

It’s been a while since I’ve added a new glyph to the series. Here’s one I almost tripped over on Haywood Road this morning.  I saw this and started thinking about the song “Dollface” by Todd Snider. I love his interpretation for it in the liner notes:

This song isn’t about a person but he feels pretty certain that his fate isn’t his fault.  And he more than just feels like he’s living in a dump.  But rather than drown in anger he chooses to comfort who he landed with . . . constantly looking, almost foolishly, for a bright side and whose to say he doesn’t find one too.

Me too Dollface.

3.28.11: Haywood Road: Blue Rocky Glyph

Mysterious now it’s there now it’s gone glyph spotted on Haywood Road.
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