Joanne Mattera blogs about two exhibitions on the Lower East Side: Jason Karolak at McKenzie Fine Art (on view through March 17) and the recent show Sarah Walker: Drift at Artifact.
Mattera writes that "Karolak pulls you into his visual webs, cubicular orgies of analogous color that suggest the containments of architecture or conversely, mathematical depictions of cosmic phenomena in the vastness of the universe." Considering Walker's paintings, Mattera expresses admiration for "the way space and pattern collide, for her layering of the geometric with the organic, and her splendid sense of color."
Caleb De Jong reviews an exhibition of paintings by Jason Karolak at McKenzie Fine Art Inc., New York, on view through March 17, 2013.
De Jong writes: "Space is a metaphor for our lived environment in Jason Karolak’s first solo exhibition at Lower East Side’s McKenzie Fine Art Inc. Pictorial distance is defined by Karolak with two consistent but divergent painting sizes, one large and spatially expansive and the other minute and pictorially flat. While Karolak’s language lives and moves from the dictates of form, color, and line, a language that would seem to imply flatness, the paintings offer a richly detailed representation of pictorial dimension and tactile experience. For Karolak, space, either deeply horizontal or directly planar, is a formal stand in for the recessive or progressive elements of the viewer’s perception of the natural world."
Kris Chatterson photo blogs installation photos from the exhibition Angular Seduction curated by Vincent Como at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn through February 17, 2013.
The show features work by Maya Hayuk, Jason Karolak, Anna Kunz, Karl LaRocca, Melissa Oresky, and Kirk Stoller, artists who "Painters who are each navigating space through color, shape and line, at times even breaking free of the planar reality of pictorial space to enter the Z-axis, or rather, the world of three dimensions with the rest of us. The differences in these collected works come out of the handling of materials, whether clean and exacting with pure color, a sharp demarcation of elements, or transparent and loose with areas of paint bleeding over/into others. While owing a debt to Color Theory as well as the Hard Edge painters and Minimal artists each of the works on display in Angular Seduction simultaneously bastardize and push the boundaries of those very traditions in an attempt to bring the work to another level of existence and thus lure the unsuspecting viewer closer through their wanton displays of geometric persuasion."
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