40 year-old Jason Karolak is a very.clever.painter. With a BFA from the Pratt Institute and and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago he knows his stuff.
Something of a multi-disciplinarian, Karolak's painting process begins outside of the medium. He draws. Working quickly he sketches in black ink, creating complex linear geometries. Hurting our minds just a little, he takes this first step, and makes it the secondary structure on the canvas... The painting begins instead with a regular field of multicolored rectangles.
The next steps are what makes his paintings POP. The primary structure - that colored field - is mostly painted over in black. The secondary structure - the linear geometry - is introduced through painted lines and negative space. It is bright like neon light. And chaotic.
Well - it seems to be. Karolak is careful in all that he lays down. Working in oil he is patient and knowing with his layering. That primary structure is revealed to us, then taken away. The lines of the secondary structure link to form the outline of cube, then one curves away.
In doing this, Karolak is slowing the eye. He is really making you look.
Jason's work will be featured in the next Cuevas Tilleard project - PAINTING PROBLEMS. Mark your calendar for the opening party on Thursday, March 26th. 6.30 - 9.30pm. 142 Henry Street New York.