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.


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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