Joseph Kucinski: Charitable Deceptions of Nostalgia 

2. Oct - 1. Nov 14 / ends in 11 days unit24 gallery

Exhibition | Painting | London

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Joseph Kucinski, Native/Mental Jewelry, Ink and Oil on Canvas, 72 x 96 inches, 2011

Joseph Kucinski, Native/Mental Jewelry, Ink and Oil on Canvas, 72 x 96 inches, 2011

Unit24 Gallery is delighted to announce Joseph Kucinski’s first solo exhibition in London. Curated by Marek Wolynski, the show comprises a selection of paintings dating from 2011 to 2014. The work on display is inspired by the aerial views seen by the artist on frequent flights from the East to the West Coast of the States as well as reflection on personal experience. The title of the show, a line from a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, touches on the idea of a distant perspective on biographical, psychological landscapes rather than topographical maps.

Kucinski employs abstract expressionist free-form and experimental technique as well as non-objective style that clearly draws inspiration from conceptual, materialist, and gestural approaches to art-making. Adopting black ink as main medium, Kucinski uses such unconventional tools as thick threads and mops to spread it over horizontal canvases and create gigantic and energetic abstract works. Exploring possibilities of drip painting, artist’s creations demonstrate the presence of broad brush movements, inflected hues, undulating lines and floating forms. The gestural lines he employs conceive a spectacle of intermingling patterns and biomorphic imaginary that encourages viewers’ eyes to travel from one corner of a canvas to another and back again. While painting, Kucinski uses not only the force of his hand or arm but takes advantage of his whole body. By putting expression and action in the spotlight, viewers’ attention is directed not only to the artefact itself but also to the process of making a painting as artist’s movements become reflected in an image and constitute its final effect. To finish a painting Kucinski applies iron impregnated oil as well as gold, silver, or copper leaf.

In contrast to monumental canvases, the show also features a selection of monochromatic ink on paper works dating from the last three years. The works on display are in fact complex material experiments and convey a dynamic interplay between molten surfaces and inner tensions. The horizontal strips, omnipresent in Kucinski’s paintings, resemble lines separating individual film frames and derive from artist’s fascination with the fourth dimension — time. „Without time we would wash adrift in a chaotic sea. It swaddles us with memories. It gives order to a flood of images and sensations. The process of using ink washes is a meditative act meant to embody our instinctual unconscious and conjure past events,” claims Kucinski.

Joseph Kucinski (born 1989 in Amherst, Massachusetts) studied at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and SUNY Purchase Visual Arts Conservatory in New York. After moving to the West Coast, he founded JKS Gallery and organised exhibitions of contemporary art. Kucinski has shown internationally for over ten years including New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, California, and Washington. Recently he has exhibited at The Herrett Museum in Idaho (visiting Artist Series), Mark Woolley Gallery in Portland, The Sixth Street Gallery, and Solo Gallery in Washington. Kucinski participated in Ireland’s Inaugural Dublin Biennial in 2012, VUE National Contemporary Art Fair in Dublin, had a solo show in Hong Kong in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Emerging International Artist Award in Dubai in 2013. Currently he lives and works in Portland, Oregon, and has been involved in many private commissions and public collections.

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