Shown at the Harrison Center for the Arts, November 2012.



In Tableaux, Kyle Ragsdale has costumed, propped and staged friends in settings very much informed by his interest in pageantry, parades and community gatherings.  It is easy to see how he has also drawn inspiration from his work in theater set design.  From photographs of these staged scenes, he creates a monochromatic underpainting in the grisaille style, though in bright, not the typical gray, colors, and then builds thick layers of rich color on top of the single-colored base.  The photographs also serve as a framework for the artist to then embellish with clothing and an assortment of unusual recurring props.


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