Opening Reception: Tom Krumpak's "Peripheral thought, house photo word movie paint, singular color"


Jan 13, 2018 – 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Lora Schlesinger Gallery is proud to present Peripheral thought, house photo word movie paint, singular color, Tom Krumpak’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring a new series of paintings. The exhibition opens with an artist’s reception, Saturday January 13th from 5 – 7 pm, and is on view through February 17, 2018.

Titled in Haiku form, Tom Krumpak’s Peripheral thought, house photo word movie paint, singular color is largely inspired by the relationship between modern architectural design and traditional Japanese Shoji screened dwellings found in the United States and Japan. Built in a similar minimalist style, Krumpak considers his new studio an “artistic pictorial construction site” as it provides many of the necessary visual elements that formulate and inform his work. The compositions depicted express the “experience of moving through a designed indoor/outdoor built space.”

Although the brushstrokes may seem random, each painting is methodically composed to generate potent color-field abstractions. The meticulous abstract paintings are an exploration of color and shape. No color is ever repeated throughout the entire series of artworks. Furthermore, the shapes featured are obtained from in or around his studio: tracings of patterns found on paint palettes, marks and splashes left on worktables or clothing, momentary stacks of paint cans and books, piles of seashells or collected rocks, scattered architectural renderings, poetry, screenplays, magazines and historical photos. He purposely creates synergistic combines from a range of sources found in both daily life and high art. Consequently, Krumpak’s technique results in surprising, yet studied, new works that are direct products of past processes, specifically previous painting sessions, and visual research outreach, blurring the lines between place and being, time and space.

Tom Krumpak has exhibited internationally since 1976. He earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from California State University Long Beach and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has been a professor of drawing and painting at California State University Long Beach since 1983.

Exhibition Dates: January 13 – February 17, 2018
Opening Reception: January 13, 5 – 7 pm

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