Have you met…Jason Karolak?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and other I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Jason Karolak, and he was recommended to me by Matthew Neil Gehring.

Untitled (P-1301), 2013, oil on canvas, 85 x 75 inches

Untitled (P-1301), 2013, oil on canvas, 85 x 75 inches

Jason Karolak was born in 1974 in Rochester, MI.

He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Pratt Institute in 1997 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Karolak has had solo exhibitions at McKenzie Fine Art (New York), Massimo Audiello (New York), and the Gahlberg Gallery (Chicago), and has participated in group exhibitions at Kavi Gupta (Chicago), TSA (Brooklyn), and Devening Projects (Chicago). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn and is a Lecturer in the Art Department at Drew University.

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Artist Statement:

“I am invested in the fundamental materials and languages of painting, and take very seriously the process of building form and space. Largely my studio days are spent thinking about the formal elements of the paintings—line, geometry, space, and color. But this is a starting point, not a reductive location at which to arrive. I am more interested in abstraction as a porous language, one that has the ability to gather and absorb. I want to tweak or bend the geometric so that it feels organic. More malleable and relaxed. And I want the architectonic framework to feel more lightweight. I consider what I can bring into the work implicitly, such as light, heat, weight, even sound—elements from my experience. So the painting, and by extension the studio, becomes this place of filtering, or distilling.” JK

Untitled (P-0911), 2009, oil on canvas, 75 x 85 inches

Untitled (P-0911), 2009, oil on canvas, 75 x 85 inches

Other material relating to Jason Karolak:

Studio Critical: Jason Karolak.

Painters’ Table: Jason Karolak @ McKenzie Fine Art.

Joanne Mattera Art Blog: Jason Karolak at McKenzie Fine Art.

Thoughts That Cure Radically: Jason Karolak at McKenzie Fine Art.

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Have you met…Melanie Parke?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and other I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The artist I’d like to introduce is the Painter Melanie Parke, and she was recommended to me by Julia Swartz.

The Subway Musician 2011 oil on canvas 36" x 36"

The Subway Musician
2011
oil on canvas
36″ x 36″

Artist Statement:

“I craft structures on the surface to reference a lush and gorgeous assemblage of time.
Painting is a pleasure seeking process for me, and abstraction a vehicle with which to think. My paintings are provoked by romantic notions of idyllic natural environments that sometimes scuffle with urban anxieties. The paintings are taken to abstraction, memory, and non objective imagery. I set up the space with gestural and heavily speckled marks that are lushly textural and intuitively applied to the surface. Then slowly build. I choose colors to depict concise temperate or extreme sensations. Specific interiors and landscapes are often implied; abrupt shifts in mark making can question if such a place exists. This is a way of establishing a perceivable memory while washing it away at the same time.”

Red Bowl 2012 oil on canvas 24x36

Red Bowl
2012
oil on canvas
24×36

Other material relating to Melanie Parke.

Hyperallergic: Making an Artistic Life…

ArtSlant: Melanie Parke.

ArtMail milwaukee: Melanie Parke.

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Have you met…Brian Cypher?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and other I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The artist I’d like to introduce is the painter Brian Cypher, and he was recommended to me by Vincent HawkinsEC, and Rosaire Appel.

Color Cloak 2013 Oil on canvas 48 x 60 inches

Color Cloak
2013
Oil on canvas
48 x 60 inches

Brian Cypher lives and works in Washington state. He first came on scene in New York in a show entitled “All Together Now” curated by Julie Torres during Bushwick Open Studios 2012. Since that time, Cypher’s reputation has quickly grown. Using paper as his primary medium, Cypher constructs a world of mental musings that result in slow thoughtful works. Out of ink, graphite, thin washes and collage he has constructed a fresh abstract language. Elements of repetitive marking and organic and geometric abstraction, come together in these quiet and contemplative works, that owe a depth to biomorphism and naïve art.

As an artist, Cypher is self taught. In high school, he first experimented with abstraction, working on the backside of pieces of mat board. He chose paper because it was an abundant and inexpensive resource. It was a logical transition from these first drawings on paper, to choosing drawing as an end in itself.

Lost Leaders 2013 oil on canvas

Lost Leaders 2013 oil on canvas

Other material relating to Brian Cypher:

blurb.com: Brian Cypher – Future Forage.

Studio critical: Brian Cypher Interview.

Curating Contemporary: Brian Cypher.

Look&Listen: Brian Cypher.

Documents From The living Room: Brian Cypher.

Schemaprojects: Brian Cypher.

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