Exhibition: September 3 – October 8, 2015
Reception: September 11, 5:30-7:30pm
The Korn Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, Linemaker, which includes recent drawings and paintings by Jason Karolak, on view September 3 through October 8, 2015. The Gallery is located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University and is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4pm, selected weekends and by appointment.
Rooted in a drawing process, Jason Karolak’s paintings are composed of brightly colored linear elements set against a context of dark grounds. Through addition and erasure, Karolak builds permeable structures that fluctuate between a graphic surface and a deeper dimensional space. The works are geometric and abstract, but nevertheless suggest elements that are absorbed from the physical world.
Leading up to the painting process, Karolak spends time making ink drawings and sourcing form and color. The habit of walks in his studio neighborhood of northwestern Brooklyn as well as in more natural settings, such as Pelham Bay Park and the New Jersey Shoreline, assist the artist in gathering chromatic palettes and structural elements. Artificial lights, signage, architecture, and encounters in the landscape provide concrete experiences of phenomena that get digested into an abstract studio language. Neither formal or overtly expressive, Karolak’s imperfect geometry suggests a kind of personal handwriting that manifests on the scale of the body.
Critic Thomas Micchelli writes of the work in Hyperallergic, “The vitality of Karolak’s painting proceeds from a deft understanding of the simplest of ingredients: the handmade line; the active ground; the freedom of improvisation and the rigor of minimal means. The paintings are also a joy to look at — the unabashed hedonism of their hot colors and choreographed shapes leads the senses to a contemplation of their propulsive infrastructure, where the barely visible and the well-hidden act as dark matter simultaneously holding the elements together and breaking them apart.”
Jason Karolak was born in Rochester, MI in 1974. He earned a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1997 and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. He has shown extensively across the country, including recent solo exhibitions at McKenzie Fine Art in New York and Robischon Gallery in Denver. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, ARTnews, Art in America, and Hyperallergic, among others. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Drew University.
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The Gallery is not accepting exhibition proposals at this time.