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Artist Tim Kent Freshens Up

Factory Fresh took a much-anticipated departure from its usual street art fare this week with its opening of artist Tim Kent’s vividly dreamy oil paints on September 17.

Kent’s solo show, “All That is Solid Melts into the Air,” represents some of his freshest work, completed in the past four month.Gallery director Ali Ha, pushed Kent to put him his most recent work.He has shown in galleries in London, and Boston, but his show at Factory Fresh is only a few blocks from his home.

“It’s a great space, one of the better spaces in this neighborhood, and they’re great people,” said Kent.“I think Ali decided to do something different, to flip it up and see what happens.”

Ha believes that the show is not much different from other exhibitions that she has shown in her gallery and said sometimes art patrons get confused about the purpose of Factory Fresh.

“Sure we show street art but we also show many other types of art, the main theme being that the work is current and relevant to our times we live in,” said Ha.“Our partnership together allowed Tim to explore his painting as typically he is known for tight interior paintings.When we first spoke I was interested in showing Tim’s drawings as I enjoy there rawness. This is the first time he has shown this looser, blown-out style in a gallery setting.”

Ha believes the show, which will be on exhibit through October 11, pushed both the artist’s and the gallery’s comfort zones, while Kent reveled in a diverse crowd from multiple countries.

”It felt...not so local,” said Kent. “I think that was kind of cool too.Hopefully those people realize that there are galleries out here.”

Factory Fresh is located at 1053 Flushing Avenue and open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Tim Kent’s solo show will be up until October 11.For more information, visit www.factoryfresh.net.

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