By Alec Johnson
The Indiana Design Center in Carmel recently opened an exhibit entitled “Kindred Spirits,” which hosted the work of NYC-based artist Hunt Slonem and his longtime friend and fellow artist, Carmelo Blandino.
The exhibit, presented by Joan Coats Eckert and Dianne Wright of Coats-Wright Art Design, features Slonem’s “Bunny Wall”, which he says represents his Zodiac sign and his love of nature and animals. His new painting has also been transplanted on Groundworks, a new Lee Jofa brand of wallcovering and fabric.
When it comes to his style, Slonem says he’s been called everything from a pop artist to a neoexpressionist, but likes the term exotica.
“My focus is on cultures, foreign cultures and well … my work is teeming with spirituality that is seen or unseen,” Slonem said.
Blandino’s work is a mix of portraits and landscapes. His paintings, “Operetta I” and “Strawberry,” are featured in the exhibit. All of his 2014 paintings, he says, were inspired by symphonic music.
His artistic style has been described as “lyrical abstractionism,” according to a writer who interviewed him. His paintings have a contemporary feel to it, he said, and he likes to use thick brush strokes. Also, he doesn’t like to start over if he messes up, but rather he works around it.
“I just keep going and going,” Blandino said, referring to how he painted “Operetta I,” “and suddenly, poof, it just appears. It’s like life. It’s my metaphor for life. You just keep going. You don’t remove what you’ve done. You can’t.”
The exhibit runs through June 13 in Suite 122.