Joe Karlovec (b. 1986, Columbus, OH) is an artist working in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The work is constructed through self referential systems of visual abstraction. Remnants of one provide groundwork for another. Phenomenology is his subject of investigation. Surface, substrate, and context frame the psyche of each object. Spatial volumes and pictorial intensities both develop and dissolve the visual field. Irregular forms of accumulated and discarded materials reveal empathy for the humanness of their own existence. Extemporaneous paintings and empathetic objects illuminate the precarious nature of the objects themselves.
Karlovec has a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Kent State University. His work has been exhibited in galleries from San Francisco, CA to Toronto, ON, Canada. He has won several exhibition awards throughout Ohio including Springfield Museum of Art, and has been featured in publications such as Studio Visit Magazine, CreativPaper Magazine, and International Drawing Annual.