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JOHN KISSICK
Dissonant Groove
June 7 to July 14
Opening June 7, 5 to 8p

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Of, Oil & Acrylic on Canvas, 72"x66"

John Kissick

Dissonant Groove

The Katzman Kamen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by John Kissick, titled Dissonant Groove. The exhibit runs from June 7 to July 14, 2012. An official opening will be held on Thursday, June 7 from 5 to 8p with John Kissick present.

from John Kissick:

There is a certain kind of futility attached to the artist statement when you make work like mine. It suggests a level of intellectual authority or conceptual boundary on work that is in some ways disingenuous. In fact, my work method is procedurally messy, historically contingent and purposefully disorienting. The works in this exhibition are likewise in a critical (and at times highly problematic) dialogue with the historical conventions of abstraction. And though it has been tempting (and in some ways inevitable) to read the work as a knowing critique of historical models of self-expression, it is my hope that my work appears slightly more puzzling and unexpected, and perhaps less fixed to any certain interpretative or critical position. As a result, while acknowledging the interpretive procedures at play in viewing painting, I have become increasingly comfortable with a more fluid and open-ended discourse around the work.

In previous exhibitions, I have employed the term "fever vision" (from Max Ernst in the early 1920s) to describe a kind of visual delirium and psychological slippage that can occur in front of certain kinds of art. Recently, I have attempted to borrow strategies from outside the realm of painting to help rethink and reposition some of my processes, such as collage, sampling, chromatic dissonance, ornamentation and distortion. To this end, the new work aligns in some ways with certain popular conventions employed in contemporary music, and specifically the work of deejays. Yet through the years, the central issue of my painting has remained intact: how does one make abstract paintings that appear knowing, without succumbing to easy cynicism; or visually enticing without collapsing into feigned sentiment or pastiche. My current answer is the work in this show.



The exhibition runs from June 7 to July 14

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11a to 5p

For an exhibition preview or for further information, please contact:

Marianne Katzman at (416) 504-9515 or info@katzmankamengallery.com

Katzman Kamen Gallery, 80 Spadina Ave., Suite #406, Toronto, ON M5V 2J4
http://www.katzmankamengallery.com/


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