NYC & European: nostalgia & the art of Jacob Kassay
Art can transport us in many ways, but to access other times and places via artistic process and not subject matter is a true feat.
Jacob Kassay's recent work is now on display at Eleven Rivington gallery. According to Joseph R. Wolen for Time Out New York, his works begin as "painted canvases in broad horizontal strokes of color" which are then electroplated in silver, creating pieces that behave like mirrors, "imperfectly" reflecting their surroundings, "at least color and movement". The electroplating scorges unpainted canvas, such that pieces have burnt edges that lead to reflective, color-hinted centers with bits of unraveled canvas here and there "fossilized under paint and silver".
Wolen observes the historic thread of portraiture that Kassay's work conjures: as a mirror it evokes portraiture, which has grown from painted to photographed, film to digital. And so the pieces, "while beautiful, are also melancholic, philosophical objects" that Wolen likens to bronze baby shoes.
Bronzing baby shoes is an old tradition only practiced by the nostalgic, and perhaps these are the people who will best understand Kassay's work.
Read Wolen's review in Time Out New York >>
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[images courtesy of Time Out New York & Chelsea Art Galleries]