Sep 15, 2012 - Dec 16, 2012
Beckler Family Members' Gallery
Bursting with color from every surface, Kelly Kozma’s new series, Play Next Episode, combines traditional craft with the painterly language of abstraction. Creating dynamic, organo-geometric drawings, in several works the artist begins by crumbling a piece of paper and then meticulously stitching along the lines created from the various folds. Her rule-based approach underscores the multiple strategies contemporary artists use to generate new imagery. Rather than starting each work with a particular visual outcome in mind, Kozma allows her process to inform the final creative product. She relates the act of making drawings with wrinkled paper to the act of relinquishing and gaining control. She states, “A push and pull relationship is present in each piece in which it is accepted that absolute perfection cannot be realized, yet the need and want to achieve it still remains. It is a cycle… that repeats itself over and over, sometimes to the point of obsession. In many of the works the mentality of giving up control is depicted by crumpling a blank sheet of paper at the start of the piece.”
The artist eschews flat, pristine paper, using it instead as flexible fabric that seemingly evolves into a kind of relief sculpture. Forms appear to explode in space. Color, pattern and decorative shapes nod to the clothing and textiles of the 1980s while the playfully ironic title of the exhibition references ubiquitous TV shows now available on DVD. In a larger, metaphorical sense, when considered in relation to the concept of playing the next episode, Kozma’s process satirically reflects our limited freedom to choose from a set of rules and pre-recorded options. A sense of constraint enters into the picture when one imagines the implications of a creative practice that mirrors contemporary life in its employment of a fixed menu of options available to the artist-user. Kozma also champions crafts such as embroidery and textile-based art and her exhibition suggests that in the digital age, when the computer informs almost all of our productivity and tradition is eschewed in favor of the new and mass-produced, singular, handmade objects become increasingly dear.
- Maiza Hixson
Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art
Kelly Kozma will speak at DCCA's Art Salad at noon on Thursday, November 8, 2012.