For his first solo exhibition in New York, Jean-François Karst, a French artist who lives and works in Rennes and Berlin, will show molded polyurethane pieces. Forging a hybrid between sculpture and painting that plays with the concepts of the surface/support movement Karst takes on elements of op art, pattern and decoration and illusionism.
Karst has devised a “steam-punk” casting process that his resolutely hand made work requires. We are confronted with an approximation of painting, a multi-leveled quotation that plays with questions of perception and illusion, high and low. A piece that appears to be canvas on a wobbly stretcher turns out to be completely made of plastic. The work’s irregular surfaces vary from bulging to concave. Up close the painted pattern or image hovers lightly across the surface. He says he thought of Vermeer whose paintings tend to draw the viewer in to examine at a close range.
The artist has previously participated in group exhibitions in New York: "Band of Abstraction" and "There's Something I should Tell You..." and is is currently showing in Berlin at Lage Egal and at 2 Angles following a residency in Flers.