Clint Jukkala, ‘Bon Voyage’, 2014, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

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Clint Jukkala's paintings combine color, geometry, and textured surfaces to create images that hover on the edge of nameable things. Ostensibly abstract, his work evokes real world references, suggesting figures, architecture, and landscape elements. Eye-like openings and framing devices orient the viewer, making them question their own perceptions. A play between part and whole ensues as the paintings configure and reconfigure through the act of looking. Clint received his BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his MFA from Yale University. His work has been shown at Feature Inc., and Envoy Enterprises in New York, The deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, PA, VOLTA NY 2013, The Currier Museum, and Soil Gallery in Seattle. Jukkala is currently the Dean at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven CT
VOLTA NY 2015, solo presentation with Fred Giampietro Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Lenses, Portals and Escape Plans, Finlandia University, Hancock, MI
Cosmic Trigger, Bravin Lee Programs, New York, NY
2013 Off Course, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
VOLTA NY 2013, solo presentation with Fred Giampietro, New york, NY
2011 Even if and Especially When, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
Feature Inc. (project space), New York, NY
2009 FP3 Gallery, Boston, MA
Jeff Bailey Gallery (project space), New York, NY
2007 Envoy Enterprises, New York, NY
Selected Group and Two Person Exhibitions

2015 Receptive Fields, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
The Guston Effect, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA
2014 Complimentary Colors, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Spacematters, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Let’s Go, Let Go, 33 Orchard, New York, NY
2013 Floater, Bravin Lee Programs, New York, NY
Tiny, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
2012 Lookout Outlook, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
Chromacosm, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2011 i heart poetry, i am not monogamous, Feature Inc., New York, NY
Extraordinary Facilities, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT
2010 Clint Jukkala and Mia Rosenthal, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA
Blue, Bluer, and Orange Blues, Envoy Enterprises, New York, NY
Foot to Mouth, Available Space, Brooklyn, NY
2009 The Great Impression, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
Out of Sight, Wunderarts, Amherst, MA
Present Tense, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA
2008 Exquisitude, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
It’s Gouache and Gouache Only, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY
The Appearance and the Thing Itself, Envoy @ Galerie-Tamer, Paris, FR
2007 Pie in the Face, Jail Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Big Bang Abstraction, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA,
Lilies and Cannonballs Launch Exhibition, Space B Gallery, New York, NY
2006 The Difficult Shapes of Possible Images, ZieherSmith Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Place and Placeless, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Zip, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Abstraction/ Obstruction, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA
Washington Depot Art Association, Washington Depot, CT
2004 Inaugural Group Show, George Billis Gallery LA, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Fresh Assortments, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Referential Abstraction, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT
2002 Soft, Artspace, New Haven, CT
2001 Drawing- an Intimate Dialogue, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA
Drawing Today, Hamden Hall, Hamden, CT
2000 Hesperides, Untitled Space, New Haven, CT
1998 M.F.A. Thesis Show, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Honors and Awards

2013 Yaddo
The MacDowell Colony
1998 Vermont Studio Center- Paul Harper Fellowship
Curatorial Projects

2013 Strange Natures, The Institute Library, New Haven, CT
2008 Unnameable Things, Artspace, New Haven, CT

Selected Bibliography

2015 Zachary Keeting, Tuning in: Clint Jukkala and John Newman on animism, spirituality,
sensory experience and consciousness, Two Coats of Paint, October 8
2014 Hearne Pardee, Clint Jukkala, Cosmic Trigger, Brooklyn Rail, June 5
David Cohen, Clint Jukkala: Cosmic Trigger, Artcritical, May 23
Sharon Butler, Clint Jukkala: See and Be Seen, Two Coats of Paint, May 21
2013 Highlights from the 2013 Volta Show, New American Paintings Blog, March 12
Field Trip, Flatfile Boston, March 11
Volta NY Favorites, NYC Art Parasites, March 10
Best of Volta 2013, New York Arts Magazine, March 10
2011 Gorky’s Granddaughter, Clint Jukkala at Giampietro, video interview, Sept. 11
Hank Hoffman, The Icing on the Cake, Connecticut Art Scene, October 6
2010 New Paintings: Jukkkala in Philadelphia, The Huffington Post, June 19
The Square Line: Jukkala and Rosenthal in Philadelphia, Two Coats of Paint, June 16
Roberta Fallon, Eye Candy Alert, The Artblog, June 10
Tim Giershick, Clint Jukkala and Mia Rosentha, Tiger Strikes Asteroid web essay
Ryan Schneider, Studio Visit with Clint Jukkala, Cedar Tavern Blog, February 17
2009 Right Angles, Boston Globe, Thursday, September 10
James Hull, FP3 catalog essay
David Gibson, Present Tense catalog essay
2007 Nick Capasso, Big Bang catalog essay
2005 Karsten Harries, Place and Placeless catalog essay
Denise Markonish, Zip catalog essay
Judy Birke, Zip, New Haven Register, Sunday, June 5
2003 Hank Hoffman, Frame of Reference, New Haven Advocate, March 6
Professional Experience

2015-Present Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Dean of the School of Fine Arts
2013-15 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs
2001-13 Yale University School of Art, Department of Painting/Printmaking
Appointed Associate Professor 2011
Director of Undergraduate Studies 2008-2013
Graduate Coordinator 2002-2006
1998-2002 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Adjunct Lecturer, Drawing and Painting

About Clint Jukkala

In his luminous, textured paintings and mixed-media works on paper, Clint Jukkala explores contradictions—between abstraction and representation; flatness and depth; intimacy and vastness; and solidity and transparency. His compositions range from jewel-like to monumental and almost always include a portal, set prominently in the center of the picture plane or slightly off to the side. These portals take the shape of rectangular doorframes or oversized, cartoonish eyes, which seem to stare back at the viewer, upending the relationship between the art object (looked at) and the viewer (looking). They frame pictures within his pictures, and often seem to lead into sea- and landscapes that appear both intimate and infinite. Though Jukkala’s works are abstract, he thinks of them as still lifes, interiors, and landscapes, which include forms that suggest robots, video game graphics, cartoon characters, and buildings.

American, Missoula, MT, United States, based in New Haven, CT, United States