PAINTINGS BY JESSICA KRAUSE SMITH
P I R O ’ K L A S T I K
On View -- A P R I L 2 9 – M AY 1 8 , 2 0 1 7
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 6 – 9 PM
YASHAR GALLERY, 276 GREENPOINT AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11222
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Yashar Gallery and Brooklyn Art Studios are pleased to present PIRO’KLASTIK, an exhibition by Jessica Krause Smith. PIRO’KLASTIK is the phonetic spelling of the word “pyroclastic”. which means “relating to, consisting of, or denoting fragments of rock erupted by a volcano.” The title evokes both nature and mythology, and relates to the organic, eruptive, and haphazard feeling in much of Jessica’s work. With multi-layered, colorful, textured, gestural and dynamic markings, her work explores spontaneity in the painting process. The final works are often reminiscent of known shapes and objects, and often become metaphors of her personal experiences. Her primary mediums are acrylic paint and latex acrylic house paint on canvas, sometimes incorporating other materials and mediums. Jessica’s paintings usually begin through an explosive instinctual gesture and are then discovered and shaped with layers over time in reaction to the present surface. The work is about paint and the act of painting, and many things in between. It’s about nature, it’s about nurture, its about harmony. It’s about layers. It’s about geology. It’s about the universe. It’s about myth and reality. It’s about superficiality, it’s about depth. It’s about perception, it’s about confusion, about clarity and elation. It’s about mountains and oceans, constellations and comets. It’s about chance and luck and perseverance and strength. It’s about color and texture. It’s about boldness and rawness and shyness and elegance. It’s about grief and joy. It’s about mental challenges and sensitivities. It’s about history and family, ancestry and siblings. It’s about music, the party, fun and celebration. It’s about freedom, creative energy and rhythm. It’s about motherhood and career, love and marriage, decisions and limits. It’s about patterns and cycles, science and seasons. It’s about the beautiful and the ugly, the natural and the plastic. It’s about this thing, and that thing. It’s about nothing and everything. It’s about somebody and nobody. There is no set plan for any of the work from beginning to completion. The constant change, spontaneity and layering that Jessica explores in her process is a reflection of but also an escape and departure from a reality where everything is changing and ethereal but is also recorded, permanent or eternal, remembered and/or eventually exposed. Much like geology, her paintings leave a trail of its history in the layers below, an evidence of existence. Jessica was born in New Hartford, New York in 1975 and graduated from Skidmore College in 1997 with a degree in studio art. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the graphic design director for Italian fashion company Max Mara in their Manhattan U.S. office. Jessica’s work is in multiple private collections and the Skidmore College permanent art collection.
PIRO’KLASTIK’s opening reception is on Friday, April 28 from 6-9 PM, in conjunction with Greenpoint Gallery Night, and is on view to the public April 29 – May 13 on Saturdays and Sundays, from 2–5 PM, or by appointment only.
Yashar Gallery is at 276 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 between Newell and Jewel Streets. The nearest subway is the G train at Greenpoint Avenue and by bus, the B24 to Greenpoint Ave/Jewel St.