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Jay Kissel
updated: 10/03/2013
website: www.dropbox.com/sh/ia18840r9998d9y/n4QA50_LqX
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portfolio Keywords:  text, conceptual, abstract, biomorphic, obsessive, organic, process, surreal
 
 
Untitled by Jay Kissel
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India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2009
12 " x  20 "  x 23 " 
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India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2009
11 " x  15 "  x 26 " 
Untitled (alternate view of previous) by Jay Kissel
Untitled (alternate view of previous)
India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2009
11 " x  15 "  x 26 " 
Untitled by Jay Kissel
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India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2009
11 " x  19 "  x 29 " 
Untitled (alternate view of previous) by Jay Kissel
Untitled (alternate view of previous)
India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2009
11 " x  19 "  x 29 " 
Untitled by Jay Kissel
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India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2011
15 " x  22 "  x 25 " 
Untitled by Jay Kissel
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India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2011
13 " x  23 "  x 29 " 
Untitled by Jay Kissel
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India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2012
19 " x  19 "  x 24 " 
Detail by Jay Kissel
Detail
India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2012
19 " x  19 "  x 24 " 
Untitled by Jay Kissel
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India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2009
6 " x  8 "  x 11 " 
Untitled by Jay Kissel
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India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2009
5 " x  7 "  x 10 " 
Untitled by Jay Kissel
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India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2009
7 " x  11 "  x 13 " 
Untitled (alternate view of previous) by Jay Kissel
Untitled (alternate view of previous)
India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2009
7 " x  11 "  x 13 " 
Untitled by Jay Kissel
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India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2010
15 " x  15 "  x 24 " 
Detail by Jay Kissel
Detail
India ink / mixed media on shaped hp wc paper
2007
15 " x  15 "  x 24 " 

Artist Statement

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Over the past several years I have been experimenting with drawing and painting that spreads out organically -- working on conventional surfaces at first, then more recently along the contours of three-dimensional paper constructions. I call this process "nonpictorial drawing" because I am not trying to replicate anything in my imagination or in the real world. I like to think of the drawing as traversing the geography of the sculptural support, much as people or armies move across land or, in the game of Go, players capture and relinquish territory. I am more interested in the way various energies cancel and reinforce one another than in expressing any particular emotion or point of view. 

In terms of historical context, I identify with Surrealist and Surrealist-inspired artists such as Matta, Arp, Gorky, and early Pollock. At the same time, I am interested in temporality and how the viewer interacts with the work, considerations more commonly associated with postmodernism. The art critic and poet Michael Salcman has likened me to a "reverse Jackson Pollock" because my emphasis has gradually shifted from flat abstraction to Surrealistic quasi-forms and symbols. 

I always execute the constructions before I begin drawing on them. People sometimes ask whether this makes the process more difficult, but this way of drawing has become second nature to me. I like the idea that there is no top or bottom, no imposed geometry or orientation. I make no effort to present any sort of cohesive visual statement. I am going for something very different: a quality akin to the detritus left after a storm, perhaps, or the effects of erosion.

JK

Artist Bio / CV

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Solo Exhibitions

2010 -- Jay Kissel: Constructions, Michael Mut Gallery (NYC), offsite exhibition

2002 -- Jay Kissel: Through What Lens, Howard Co. Center for the Arts (Ellicott City, Md.)

Group Exhibitions

2013 -- Material Concerns, Rare Gallery (NYC)

1996–2002 -- Resident Artists, Howard Co. Center for the Arts (Ellicott City, Md.), annual exhibition of resident artists' work

Education

1980–81 -- Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, Md.), general fine arts studies