Kalazaklein by Robert Sievert


There are many subsidiary art scenes that make up the New York scene.... Artists busy at work, making, developing and showing art in the periphery of a greater scene. Here one is likely to find a rich brew of ideas that may be uncompromised by a nod at the commercial market. Last fall evidenced these ideas in THE JERSY CITY STUDIO ART TOUR which had a list of studios to visit as well as a major exhibition in a three story building that was built as a church school. The lower two floors were filled with art that was displayed on walls and screens.

Here paintings and prints covered a wide spectrum of interests and ethnic flavored subjects. There was a considerable ammount of Carribean works that definitely had that exotic flavor. Diane Van Cort showed several landscapes done with a quick and lively brush. Street artists made a woderful series of assemblages of street scenes. These junk/collage/assemblage dioramas had a wonderful whacky sense of creativity as they presented little vignettes of life on urban streets.

One of the most interesting areas in this building was the upper floor that was a large and open space,once an auditorium, and now housed larger works. On a warm October day the doors to a fire escape were open and a breeze entered the large room and stirred s floating image: "KALAZAKLEIN". It was a large brooding face gazing down on you. the image was divided into a series of panels suspended on a network of almost invisible strings. The whole thing animated by the movement of air through the room. The face seemed to have momentary changes of expression.

KALAZAKLIEN was the work of Jersey City artist Robert Kosinski. He explained he decided to make a digital piece of art for the Art Tour in October. He wanted to use his computer to make a work of art. Deciding to use a photo of his face tiled in photoshop was the easiest part. How to mount it was harder.

Being a heady sort of guy he was then currently reading :THE WHOLE SHEBANG, A STATE-OF-THE-UNIVERSE(S) REPORT by Timothy Ferris at that time. In the book there is a discussion of the theory of strands . A moment of inspiration arrived. He would present the tiles mounted on strands of string. The individual sections of the picture were suspended on two vertical strings, effecting a strand. While morphing these two ideas into one form, Kosinski creates a new form. Are there more to follow? There seems to be endless possibiities for him to pursue in this piece.

His out come was extremely affecting. His piece, KALAZAKLEIN, was one of the highlights of a recent Jersey City Art Tour.


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