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"KS×20: Persistence of Light"


20-Year Retrospective

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art by somerville artistKarlStephan titledDetail of "Guernica Every Day"
Detail of "Guernica Every Day" Oil, Oilstick & Sgraffito on Salvaged Canvas 4' x 6'
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2022 Events

  • In Person 2022 (April 30 + May 1, 12-6pm)
    155 Powder House Boulevard "KS×20: Persistence of Light" @ Nave Gallery   [Not reported as Accessible]
    Map #2
  • Inside-Out Gallery Show (mid-April through mid-May, 2022)
       CVS Windows, One Davis Square

Artist's Statement

Over twenty years dedicated to making and teaching art, Karl Stephan has worked in obscurity. Individual and group shows, awards, notable teaching engagements, a Master’s degree and two well-regarded curatorial efforts earned him a small but enthusiastic following. But when gallery director Susan Berstler saw a photos of Karl’s pandemic work, she reached out to offer a Nave Gallery show.

This retrospective exhibit presents twenty years of Karl’s artistic progress since resuming artmaking in late 2001. For Karl every dark event from 9/11 to Katrina, Trump to Covid and Ukraine has prompted a renewed pursuit of light. From “suburban surrealism” to new expansive “color music” Karl persists in seeking joy.

A "pocket edition" of KS×20 will be presented through April 2022 at the Fessenden School in Newton Massachusetts, in conjunction with Karl’s visiting artist engagement.

Curatorial assistance for both exhibits is provided by Kylie Terra Burnham, Masters Candidate, Museum Education, Tufts University.

Preview work at: and

Closing reception: Sunday May 1st. 

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