Feb 9th-22nd: Joan Konkel- The Allure of Illusion


Feb. 10th 5:30- 9pm
530 Burns Lane, Sarasota, FL, 34236

530 Burns Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Joan Konkel: The Allure of Illusion. This show features three-dimensional wall sculpture by DC-based artist Joan Konkel. Using layers of mesh and aluminum, Joan challenges our eye and draws us closer to her work. As photos struggle to capture the movement, light, and depth of her work, this is a must see show!


Konkel received her BFA from San Francisco College for Women at Lone Mountain. She then proceeded to move to Washington, DC where she studied at The Corcoran School of Art and earned her MFA in sculpture from George Washington University.
Although Konkel’s work begins with a two dimensional base layer of painted canvas, the color from the canvas soon enters the third dimension. The medium that makes this possible is mesh– woven strands of metal or fiberglass that serve as a support for pigment. The space between the strands of mesh is the magic that unlocks the doorway to the third dimension and permits color and light to flow both in and out. The light bathes each strand and each layer of color with the vibrancy of reflecting and refracting light.
By using mesh, Konkel’s art gives rise to another natural manifestation: moiré patterns. Konkel finds these patterns of particular interest because they bring added independence to color dimension.
For her work, Konkel has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Annie Albers Designer Award in Washington DC.


As a sculptor, I merge three-dimensional space with painting to explore the effects on image, color, perception, and the play of light. I view my work as an adventure into a rarely visited realm where painting merges with phenomena. My multilayered work is alive with shifting colors and pattern. Within this realm, optical illusions and physics play with one’s perception and challenge notions of depth. Ambient light enhances naturally occurring phenomena and the work.
I believe no one else uses color and mesh in the manner I employ, and have watched viewers drawn to investigate how the optical effects are created. The discoveries awaken aspects of observation which can lead to recognition of the same phenomena elsewhere, often in unexpected places. Through art, I seek to open a visually enticing labyrinth for thought and the imagination.








Lilia’s Papaya, 48 x 60 x 5, Aluminum, aluminum and fiberglass mesh, acrylic on canvas, by Joan Konkel

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