Joe Karlovec (b. 1986, Columbus, OH) is an artist working in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. His 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 the 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.