Seraphin Gallery is proud to present Optical Punctuation, a series of work by Jeff Cylkowski that encompasses selections from the last five years of his artistic process. The works will be on display the The Yard’s Midtown Village location in Philadelphia on 21 S. 11th Street, starting on January 10, 2018.
Cylkowski's radiant and eclectic paintings feel like sound. Rhythmic vibes and a highly reflective surface quality lead the viewer into a world of candied abstraction. Using automotive paint, the hues in Cylkowski's works are rich and fresh, appealing to our sense of illusion, mystery, and fantasy. The layers within the artist's pieces are carefully placed to honor the fluidity of the brushstroke, as well as the manipulated quality of a highly saturated palette. These compositions interrupt with movement, precise patterning, and vigorous energy, punctuating our experience into an explosive event.
Punctuation informs clarity, and transforms fragments into statements. The separations that occur in Cylkowski's world between flat shape, gradated form, and the artist's brush, pull each painting into different dimensions of the picture plane-- inviting the viewer to investigate. Through this plethora of visual stimulation, the line between fantasy and reality narrows, the gap between intensity and repetition bridges, and the discordance between push and pull, chaos and order, alike and unalike, harmonizes.
Cylkowski spent several years working with community arts and youth leadership projects in San Francisco and Philadelphia before moving to New York, where he completed his undergraduate studies in painting at the Pratt Institute in 2006. Since 2009 he has been working with the artist, Jeff Koons, overseeing the painting and graphics production of the Popeye and Hulk Elvis series sculptures. He has had solo exhibitions in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, and has been involved in group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, and South Korea. He is represented by Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia.