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About Ken

Carroll County

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Ken Girardini has been a full-time artist, living and working in Carroll County Maryland for more than 30 years after leaving CSC at NASA Goddard.  As an inspired self-learner, Ken explores various media including oil painting, metal sculpture and functional design, photography, digital media and new mixed media montage. Ken's individual work is now centered on digital printing and layering of transparent images with traditional painting media and sculptural elements.  Ken's Patinated Steel... more

Window Series

Looking through the frame of our own making, what can we see when we look deep enough and long enough?

This ongoing series reflects my interest in our planet and near-earth space. "What if we had a window to the layers; the millennial accretion of sediment and time?" What would it reveal about ourselves?

Two distinct works are shown here, the Window view and the Rift view. Both examine layering in two and three dimensions.

  • View from Orbit.

    Abstract combinations of imagery, painting and sculptural elements combine to create floating elements where the view is of our selves.
    Abstract combinations of imagery, painting and sculptural elements combine to create floating elements where the view is of ourselves.
  • Magma

    Steel structure over image and acrylic.
    Abstract combinations of imagery, painting and sculptural elements combine to create floating elements where the view is of ourselves. Steel structure over image and acrylic.
  • Thermal_Vent

    Steel structure over image and acrylic.
    Abstract combinations of imagery, painting and sculptural elements combine to create floating elements where the view is of ourselves. Steel structure over image and acrylic.
  • ContinentalRift.jpg

    Digital and physical layering of images on aluminum, with acrylic and carving.
    Digital and physical layering of images on aluminum, with acrylic and carving.
  • Coastal Rift

    Digital and physical layering of images on aluminum, with acrylic and carving.
    Coastal Rift. 42 x 24 Digital and physical layering of images on aluminum, with acrylic and carving.
  • Rift.jpg

    Digital and physical layering of images on aluminum, with acrylic and carving.
    Rift. Digital and physical layering of images on aluminum, with acrylic and carving.
  • Tectonic Rift

    Digital and physical layering of images on aluminum, with acrylic and carving.
    Tectonic Rift. Digital and physical layering of images on aluminum, with acrylic and carving.

Mixed Media/Photo Sculptures

Printing on transparent layers of acrylic medium, (like plastic wrap) I am able to transfer the images to the metal surface and alter them by painting both under and over them. I can add as many layers as needed and decide where to deepen the images or keep them transparent allowing the metal surface to reflect through. The best surprise is when a piece is finished and you see it in different room lights, coming from different angles. Some things just disappear while other parts of the piece that you didn’t even notice, jump out at you! My panels and sculptures are formed from aluminum or steel to create a 'metal canvas' to which I attach elements such as imagery, cut-out steel figures, painted, stenciled or silk screened images. Other materials may include any of the following; metal, wood, acrylic, pigments, or found objects.

Portraiture

Portaits; layered imagery and acrylic on aluminum panel.

  • Aarti 1

    Layered images and acrylic define and reveal alternate structures within, around and over the figure. Imagery and pigments on aluminum.
  • Metropolis One Aarti

    Layered images and acrylic define and reveal alternate structures within, around and over the figure. Imagery and pigments on aluminum.
  • Lyndsay L

    Layered images and acrylic define and reveal alternate structures within, around and over the figure. Imagery and pigments on aluminum.
  • Zoe

    Layered images and acrylic define and reveal alternate structures within, around and over the figure. Imagery and pigments on aluminum.
  • Blue Doll

    Inspired by all manner of art in Japan, Ken did a series of portraits featuring Japanese dolls. They each evoke a feeling, each have a personality, just like us.
  • Raven Doll

    Inspired by all manner of art in Japan, Ken did a series of portraits featuring Japanese dolls. They each evoke a feeling, each have a personality, just like us.
  • Memories Past

    Inspired by all manner of art in Japan, Ken did a series of portraits featuring Japanese dolls. They each evoke a feeling, each have a personality, just like us.

Alt-Light Photography

Working only with existing subtle light and alternative lighting sources (car headlights, reflections, etc) I try to create a feeling of separateness and isolation of the viewer.

Photo Sculptures

Layered and sculpted imagery on aluminum panels with objects.

  • Jefferson's Tree

    Jefferson's Tree (cherry tree and Jefferson's monument)
    Bringing together two iconic images of our Nation's Capital: the Jefferson Memorial and cherry blossoms. Growing through time brings new cherry blossoms each year, but while we move through time it is important to remind ourselves of the lessons of the past.
  • Begin and End

    Begin and End (acorn to oak)
    Nature is our beginning, our end, our entire life-whether we tend to it or not. "Begin and End" reminds us that great and powerful things, too, start small.
  • Rebuilding Democracy

    Rebuilding Democracy (inspired by the Washington Monument)
    In light of such turbulent times, it is important to remember why America was founded. In order to maintain our freedoms, we must take another look at what a democracy is--and rebuild ourselves stronger with each passing year. Stronger, better, without losing freedoms.
  • Gantry

    Stumbling on a scale-model of the Saturn V rocket that I built as a teenager, I photographed it and decided to use it in my work. This iconic rocket form took us to the moon in a spectacular show of technological and human achievement, only to leave us wanting more. The gantry is laying down because we have left the task unfinished. Image printed on industrial felt overlaying a steel wire form on painted aluminum. 25" x 25" x 3"
  • Reflected Glory

    Reflected Glory (inspired by Washington Monument)
    The piece's purpose is outlined in the title: Reflected Glory. Made to remember a man who helped build our nation into freedom. Layered imagery, acrylic, and metal additions on aluminum panel.
  • Digital Virtual

    A home, (our home?) hangs in the balance above linear demarcations line window blinds. Outside an ominous figure of digital origins and unreadable text peers in. Imagery and acrylic on aluminum with wire and cloth. 48" x 36" x 4"
  • View From Orbit

    Inspired by the spate of beautiful images from the International Space Station, this "View from Orbit" is my abstract interpretation of the portal view that most of us can only dream of seeing in person. Acrylic and imagery on Aluminum 40" x 24" x 3"
  • Branching Path

    Clean blocks of metallic forms hover above a horizon of evening-like shadows. The bottom form holds fields of tilled copper rows while the larger top form, nearly devoid of color, glows with painted intersecting lines. Above the lines floats an image of fallen leaves and branch reflections in our pond. Connecting it all, and rising in graceful arcs, a steel and copper wire sculpture emulates the form of a dried and curled pine branch. Acrylic and imagery on Aluminum with welded wire 48"x 36"x 2"
  • Lines on the Road

    Lines on the Road
    Inspired by the joy and potential mystery of what a road trip can be, the idea of "the journey" over the destination. Layered imagery, acrylic, and metal on aluminum panel.

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