Kyle, a conceptual and assemblage artist who works under a single name, recently was featured in a two-page article in Orlando magazine. Writer Lisa Levine notes that “the Florida he knew and loved as a boy was an idyllic, rural landscape that has gradually disappeared as the land has been carved up, parceled out and developed, and much of Kyle’s most recent work reflects his responses to those changes.”
Largely autobiographical, a typical work features living saplings in a see-through PVC house coupled with an official-looking zoning notice and a painting of trees marked with ribbons for clear-cutting and bulldozing and an aerial view of the wooded area to be developed.
“The distance between the content of my work and who I am is closing,” Kyle notes. “Everything really comes down to relationships. I am interested in that invisible connection as concept.”
In November 2006 Kyle, who has been described by arts writers as a “psychological realist,” was one of six Florida artists highlighted with their studios in Florida International magazine. That article described his art, life and how his workspace influences the creative process.
Along with the studio feature, Kyle also was listed in Florida International magazine’s “Artist’s Hall of Fame,” which includes luminaries such as Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist.
Kyle’s art often combines photography with drawing, painting and assemblage. Recently he photographed the Wekiva River basin, site of a new parkway, so that he can use the pristine photos in future works to depict what is happening to Florida’s woodlands.
Since receiving his MFA from the University of Cincinnati, Kyle has participated in dozens of solo and group exhibitions in such prestigious venues as Duke University, the Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Toledo, the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, and the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. His work was featured by ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries at the Bridge Art Fair, a companion exhibition to the renowned Art Basel Miami Beach.
Kyle has one-person exhibitions scheduled at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois; Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas; and the Crealde School of Art, Winter Park, Florida. He is represented by ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries of Coral Gables (Miami), Florida, the longest-established contemporary fine arts gallery in Greater Miami.
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