OBSESSED: preoccupy or fill the mind of (someone) continually, intrusively, and to a troubling extent.
K. Imperial Fine Art is pleased to present a group show featuring work by artists whose craft surpasses the meticulous and borders on obsession. Devoted to the rigors of their process, they bring to us the brilliance of their abilities, talent, and hard work that shines in every piece.
Tahiti Pehrson’s 2D and 3D highly intricate patterns of form, light, and shadow are produced by hand-cutting paper with a small X-Acto blade. Blade after blade wearing down before he does.
Michael Buscmi bevel-cuts each of the thousands of pieces of mattboard that make up his unique sculptural reliefs by hand. When adding color to his works, he hand-paints the underside of each of these pieces in order to reflect a soft glow of color off the backing board as it is the light that he wants to create the color.
Similarly, Peter Combe insists on the refraction of color to give form to his vision. His portraits are comprised of hundreds of paint swatches, each punched into circular disks. The color from each piece is refracted onto its neighbor and through a genius understanding of the mixing of light and color, the portrait is revealed.
Gianluca Franzese similarly considers light as integral a part of his work as the tangible materials. Like beauty itself, its ever-changing and shifting nuances and effects are factored into each piece as it is unique to the time and place in which it is viewed. His craftsmanship is flawless as he utilizes many different types of metal leafs within one piece to create dynamic refractions of light and color.
Karen Margolis painstakingly paints, threads, and burns paper into complex universes inspired by micro-biology/neurology. Also exploring terrains of connections, Hadly Radt creates environments of organized chaos by intertwining visual networks of intricate systems and patterns. While Jaynie Crimmins brings new life and meaning to repurposed shredded political solicitations and consumerist advertising. Utilizing the impossibly small and delicate material to create order, she subjects them to a rigorous practice of separating colors, rolling or sewing the shreds, and commingling the different types of mailings that give life to intense sculptural creations.
"Obsessed" will be on view November 1 – December 1, 2018 with a reception for the artists Thursday, November 1st 5:30 – 7:30pm.