Messages: Karin Kempe, Liz Lautrup, Lynda Tygart, and Clark Valentine

Sync Gallery

January 16 - February 15, 2020

  • Third Friday artist’s reception: January 17th from 6-9:30pm
  • First Friday Art walk: on February 7th, 6-9:30pm
Clark Valentine - Tobacco Circle 1: 8.5 x 5.5”; Tobacco Smoke on Paper

Messages: New Work by SYNC Gallery’s Associate Members: Karin Kempe, Liz Lautrup, Lynda Tygart, and Clark Valentine

Sync Gallery
931 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Thu: 1-4pm
First & Third Fridays: 6- 9pm
Sat 12-4pm


Karin Kempe

For Karin Kempe, painting is a practice; she finds herself listening and watching and starts from stillness, silence. Even if she discovers an initial intention, the painting itself develops its own integrity and independence and starts to talk back, not satisfied until it comes into its own balance. Even long after its completed, it continues to uncover unexpected messages, allusions and pleasures like an antenna transmitting outside our hearing. These messages are independent of time and space, received viscerally as well as spiritually, and remain essentially mysterious.

This collection includes several pieces that were repainted and transformed as well as others which were painted de novo. The grid pieces each start with an initial iconic and symbolic image, evolving with mood and time, like the transformations of weather on landscape. In this way, these paintings suggest both the universal quality of a mountain or flower, shifting in constant transition, still holding their own unique place.

Note: Her work is signed with her dharma name, Koku, which means “vast, empty sky”…the place where paintings come from. 

Liz Lautrup

Each and every one of us has a blessed connection with the Universe, God, Spirit, which can send us messages on this earthly plane. To receive these messages, however, we must pay attention-we must be open to them. This series is about being open and receptive to these mysterious messages in Nature--in the flow of the waves, and in the stands of great, majestic trees… messages that we are all loved, we are each part of something so much bigger, that we are all connected. Each painting contains a universal message to be found and felt. To express these great, divine messages, Lautrup created this series with cold wax and oil paints, allowing movement and high texture across the surface. 

Lynda Tygart

In this age of technology, the most common forms of messaging seem to be text and voicemail. As Lynda contemplated this theme, she recognized that humans have always found ways to leave messages for each other. Whether it’s a lighthouse on the shores of Lake Superior warning ship captains, or a cropping of rocks placed in a mysterious formation in England, humans have always found ways to communicate.

Lynda’s images generally expose her passion for places that are deserted and mystical. She has always enjoyed the old darkroom techniques that require a hands-on relationship with each photograph, but she also loves the immediate feedback of digital photography. To combine photography with her love for painting, she prints her photographs on watercolor paper and wood panels. This allows her to hand paint the image to emphasize certain features. The resulting artwork has an ethereal presence, reminiscent of the age of pictorialism. Each piece is unique and original. 

Clark Valentine

Clark Valentine’s artwork deals with devotion, ritual, and connection to the Sacred. Through abstract, experimental drawing and printmaking practices, Valentine draws on traditions of Religion, Philosophy and Art History to investigate relationships between Divinity and the contemporary spiritual practitioner.

In this body of work, never exhibited before, Valentine uses pipe tobacco in a variety of ways to explore concepts of ritual, process, and prayer. As exhibited in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Valentine is considering the use of “secular rituals” as an opportunity for contemplation and reflection to thrive. Pipe smoking has been used by many as a form of secular ritual. Valentine attempts in this body of work to capture a relic of this personal practice. The visual of rising smoke has symbolized prayer for millennia. Perhaps contemplative rituals such as this offer opportunities of dialogue with the Sacred.