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An unsteady hand with a fine line drawing tool.

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Have you met…Krista Svalbonas?


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 others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The artist I’d like to introduce is the painter Krista Svalbonas.

TRANSPARENCY 5 and 6 - Cooper Union Installation - wax and pastel on doorskin 36x36 - 2012

TRANSPARENCY 5 and 6 – Cooper Union Installation – wax and pastel on doorskin 36×36 – 2012

Krista Svalbonas lives and works in New Jersey.

Artist Statement.

“I make art that explores the urban landscape. The urban landscape could be described as hard and opaque with spaces that are ill-defined, neither deep nor wide, offering a psychological sense of control and homogeny. In my work, I explore these ill-defined spaces, the desert physiography, and the homogenous infrastructure of humanity. The architectural modernist aesthetic of straight edges and no trim are echoed in my paintings. Cracks in the pavement, patterns in windows and fractured views of buildings all manifest themselves in my work. I am fascinated with the architecture of the city landscape, it’s tiny spaces, it’s overlapping structure and it’s constant rebirth. By painting the infrastructure of humanity I find the areas where we become aware of our own space in the world. My work is built up in layers of thin colored paper, wax and pastel, one layer often obscuring or concealing another. Color, composition, and mark-making are the main organizational concerns of my work. Each piece begins in a very controlled fashion, meticulously combining layers of wax, paper and pastel, a process that could liken itself to the continual excavation and renovation of the urban landscape. I explore integrated displays, incorporating individual panels with their environment by finding an installation methodology that includes the architecture of the space that surrounds the work. I seek to incorporate the surrounding environment with the continual discourse of space and the urban landscape.” KS

ANIMA 5 - 30x30 - Wax, Graphite, Pastel On Panel - 2011

ANIMA 5 – 30×30 – Wax, Graphite, Pastel On Panel – 2011

Other material relating to Krista Svalbonas.

Artist website: kristasvalbonas.com

Youtube: Gravy Sept FF Krista Svalbonas.

Lynette Haggard art Blog: Krista Svalbonas.

ArtSlant: Krista Svalbonas.

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