Reveal and Conceal: Joan Konkel

Mar 9, 2018 - Mar 27, 2018

Reveal and Conceal: Joan Konkel

530 Burns Gallery presents a Solo Exhibition, "Reveal and Conceal: Joan Konkel." The opening reception will be Friday, March 9 from 6 - 9PM. 

ARTIST STATEMENT 

My work releases color into the third dimension where it gathers light as it crosses space and becomes ethereal sculpture. It is unlike two-dimensional painting where color is constructed on a single surface and becomes a bonded unit of layers of glaze, paint, or thickly applied impasto. It is not mixed media where color is part of a mix of painting, drawing, collage, or object. Instead, the color I pursue is that which resides independently in the third dimension, color unchained from a single surface where the mix of colors reaches a destination and rests undisturbed. It is color that can waver subtly, and color that is capable of mingling with one color and changing hue, and then mingling with another and changing hue again.

 

Although my 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 to flow both in and out. With an open doorway, light also enters, bathing each strand and each layer of color with the vibrancy of reflecting and refracting light. At times, the shimmer of iridescence arises, not produced with opalescent pigments but as a naturally occurring phenomenon.

 

The use of mesh as a medium gives rise to another natural manifestation, moiré patterns. I find these patterns of particular interest for they bring added independence to color in dimension. I can choose the colors of the layers of mesh and the color of canvas. I can manipulate the patterns that arise into various configurations: water marks, grids, and diagonals. But what is beyond my control is the process by which the moiré effect fractures my blend of colored layers into two or more distinct hues, and from these forms a geometric structure. This disassembly of a mix of colors does not occur of its own accord in a painting, or on any two-dimensional surface, or in any overlay of solidly colored translucent objects.

 

My work is a deconstruction of painting. It releases the layers of a painting into the void where each layer can perform independently within a shower of ambient light. As the mixing of color breaks free from a single surface it expands into another dimension, color itself becomes sculpture.

Reveal and Conceal: Joan Konkel
530 Burns Gallery presents a Solo Exhibition, "Reveal and Conceal: Joan Konkel." The opening reception will be Friday, March 9 from 6 - 9PM. ARTIST STATEMENT My work releases color into the third dimension where it gathers light as it crosses space and becomes ethereal sculpture. It is unlike two-dimensional painting where color is constructed on a single surface and becomes a bonded unit of layers of glaze, paint, or thickly applied impasto. It is not mixed media where color is part of a mix of painting, drawing, collage, or object. Instead, the color I pursue is that which resides independently in the third dimension, color unchained from a single surface where the mix of colors reaches a destination and rests undisturbed. It is color that can waver subtly, and color that is capable of mingling with one color and changing hue, and then mingling with another and changing hue again. Although my 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 to flow both in and out. With an open doorway, light also enters, bathing each strand and each layer of color with the vibrancy of reflecting and refracting light. At times, the shimmer of iridescence arises, not produced with opalescent pigments but as a naturally occurring phenomenon. The use of mesh as a medium gives rise to another natural manifestation, moiré patterns. I find these patterns of particular interest for they bring added independence to color in dimension. I can choose the colors of the layers of mesh and the color of canvas. I can manipulate the patterns that arise into various configurations: water marks, grids, and diagonals. But what is beyond my control is the process by which the moiré effect fractures my blend of colored layers into two or more distinct hues, and from these forms a geometric structure. This disassembly of a mix of colors does not occur of its own accord in a painting, or on any two-dimensional surface, or in any overlay of solidly colored translucent objects. My work is a deconstruction of painting. It releases the layers of a painting into the void where each layer can perform independently within a shower of ambient light. As the mixing of color breaks free from a single surface it expands into another dimension, color itself becomes sculpture.
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530 Burns Gallery
Sarasota
FL
2018-03-09T00:00:00.0000000+00:00
2018-03-27T00:00:00.0000000+00:00
Crystal Passage, 2018
Joan Konkel

Crystal Passage, 2018

Mixed Media

49 x 61 in

Quest
Joan Konkel

Quest

Mixed Media

12 x 12 x 4 in

180 Degrees Longitude
Joan Konkel

180 Degrees Longitude

Mixed Media

24 x 24 x 2 in

Song of the Siren
Joan Konkel

Song of the Siren

Mixed Media

48 x 48 in

Lilia's Papaya
Joan Konkel

Lilia's Papaya

Mixed Media

48 x 60 x 5 in

Benko Opening
Joan Konkel

Benko Opening

Mixed Media

43.50 x 18.50 in

Salicia's Garden
Joan Konkel

Salicia's Garden

Mixed Media

60 x 48 x 5 in

Ribbons and Red
Joan Konkel

Ribbons and Red

Mixed Media

8 x 8 x 3 in

Visiting Salicia's Garden
Joan Konkel

Visiting Salicia's Garden

Mixed Media

48 x 48 x 5 in

On the Shores of the Great Orme, 2018
Joan Konkel

On the Shores of the Great Orme, 2018

Mixed Media

40 x 40 in

Tangled Up in Blue (triptych)
Joan Konkel

Tangled Up in Blue (triptych)

Mixed Media

9 x 36 x 2 in

Splash
Joan Konkel

Splash

Mixed Media

48 x 36 in

Lady of the Lake
Joan Konkel

Lady of the Lake

Mixed Media

60 x 60 x 5 in

Dreams of Anguilla
Joan Konkel

Dreams of Anguilla

Mixed Media

36 x 19 in

Break Dance
Joan Konkel

Break Dance

Mixed Media

48 x 36 x 2 in

Lightness of Being
Joan Konkel

Lightness of Being

Mixed Media

37 x 43 in

Harmattan
Joan Konkel

Harmattan

Mixed Media

24 x 24 x 5 in

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