Joe Karlovec

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 (Boston, MA), CreativPaper Magazine (Manchester, England, UK), and International Drawing Annual (Cincinnati, OH). In May 2018, his work will be exhibited at the Czong Institute of Contemporary Art (CICA Museum) in South Korea.

I'm interested in the consciousness of the materials I use and finding ways to pull meaning out of their innate imperfections. Surface, substrate, and context frame the psyche of each object, developed through carefully constructed systems of visual abstraction. Remnants of one provide groundwork for another. Spatial volumes and pictorial intensities both develop and dissolve the visual field. Irregular forms of accumulated, discarded materials reveal empathy for the humanness of their own existence, illuminating the precarious nature of the objects themselves.