Archive for May, 2009

Used To

May 28, 2009


Lets hear it for slippery phrase elements!  I have been looking at the old artist statement again and had some insight (which I am going to capture now before I forget, and please bear with me because it might be rubbish.)  One of the reasons I paint is because I can address issues/work out ideas without applying distinct names to them.  I think some things can lose a lot of their complexity when they are turned into words.  Right now I am working in a pictograph/schematic kind of way.  I don’t think the surface or color or even the line is adding too much support, but even then I feel that I am able to ‘talk’ in a way that is not squashing things.


Is What You Know What You See?

May 22, 2009

Is What You Know What You See

The MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center presents, “Is What You Know What You See?” an art exhibition opening June 11th, 2009 and running through July 25th, 2009. There will be a reception on June 12th, from 5-8pm. The Gallery Hours are 12-4, Thursday–Saturday. Located at 500 SW Longview Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

Exhibiting artists are: Amanda Bowles, Andrew Cimelli, Luke Kralik, Andrew Lyles, Jacob Schildknecht, Alexandra Ponca Stock and Whitney Wood.

In our most recent installment, “Is What You Know What You See?” seeks to question our conceptions of history or the sense in which we receive history. How does “History” become propagated and how is it validated? Is our history only published by the powers that be or do you and I now have an opportunity to create a more sensitive reflection of our pasts?

Pulitzer Prize Winner James McPherson wrote for the American Historical Association, “History is a continuing dialogue between the present and the past.” It is not simply the handing down of information but rather the reception and pairing of new ideas. Just as the artists in this exhibition are beginning a dialogue with their pasts, hopefully, we can also embrace these inquiries into our lives. If we can see “History” as a conversation rather than a dictation, maybe we will be better equipped to refute our own attempts at propagating an authoritarian view. This does not mean we will no longer have disagreements, quite the contrary, it means that instead of trying to subjugate those differences we will now genuinely try to listen to the arguments and differences of opinion; and at times, even without accord.

Each of the artists in, “Is What You Know What You See?” confronts this topic from a different perspective. Whether it is in relation to our familial heritage and environmental surroundings, our reverence for important historical figures, or our acceptance of philosophical truths, the artists in this exhibition have begun a dialog to better understand their placement in these histories.

We invite you to please join us and enjoy the deeply minimal and contemplative works of Andrew Lyles, the quirky and offsetting paintings of Luke Kralik and the historically insightful collaboration of Amanda Bowles and Whitney Wood. Appreciate the subtle shifts of color and emotion in Alexandra Ponca Stocks photographs and paintings, the playful truth-telling maquettes of Jacob Schildknecht and the psychological underpinnings of Andrew Cimelli’s painting, “It’s the End of World and We’re All So Tired”.


May 20, 2009


I couldn’t think of a good title for this one without trampling it.
I have been pushing charcoal around a bit lately and really thinking about surface and lack of surface, and then kind of generalizing it to; what do I really need to put into an artwork.  I am well aware of the modernist idea of reducing things to the most essential elements.  However, a lot of nonessential elements are really satisfying to look at.  Also, I find it hard todistinguish between mist and fog.  With that in mind I do not think a more naturalistic or developed surface will help my present drawings, but a more developed sense of space might.

You’re Heart You’re Mind

May 18, 2009


One difference between drawing and painting is our understanding of completeness.  Unlike painting, I have never heard someone look at a finished drawing and comment on its unfinishedness.  Underdeveloped? Sure, Uninteresting? Sure?  but not unfinished.  People say paintings look unfinished all the time.  “Unfinished” is even a painting strategy.  If it is true that a drawing can’t be unfinished this is sort of a powerful thing (or this is about as wonderful as not being able to shoot a free-throw in football).

Also, I did spend some quality time drawing from life this weekend, but still nothing worth posting.  I am going to have to learn to draw much faster.  From the road cows do not seem to move much, but up close it is another story.  Cows also seem to have trouble acting natural when being watched (even after an hour or so cows seem to stay on).

So Little Holds Us Back

May 15, 2009


These are not cows drawn from life, these are cows drawn from cow toys.

Thoughts That Blind

May 11, 2009


Before I start, yes I bought an assortment of charcoal and graphite pencils, and yes I spent most of this week copying figures from the Sistine chapel and drawing the dairy cows who live next door.  I am still sketching out some ideas in the vein I have been working in, but have resolved not to complete anything for a bit.

Why am I doing this?
I think I have two reasons for doing this.  One: a sort of artistic cross training.  If you run and your knees start to hurt, the best advice usually is cut back on mileage or swim/ride a bike/lift weights/something different.  I recently have felt a little unease when I draw and do not want to cut back on time spent drawing, so I am trying a related activity that hopefully will allow me to maintain my art development without hurting myself.

Two: a sort of artistic vacation from self.  I, Luke Kralik, do not excel at either Renaissance space or life drawing.  Neither one of these terms would come up in how I describe myself, so sitting in my yard drawing cows or fussing over values seems very exotic.  Like a vacation I get to do the things I like to do in a very different way.

How long will this departure from normal routine last?  I am not sure.

Slippery Grasp on Science

May 5, 2009

Content definitely got the upper hand on form in this one.
Swab that universe!

Pegasus and Gars

May 5, 2009


I am not sure if these really are gars, but it is the name that best describes them.