Slow Talkers

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

Devening Projects is very pleased to invite you to the opening of Slow Talkers, a solo exhibition of new paintings by New York-based painter Jason Karolak. The opening reception for the artist is on Sunday, April 2nd from 4 – 7pm. This is Jason’s first exhibition with the gallery.

In his recent paintings, Jason Karolak continues to develop a series of geometric, yet personal profiles. The work in Slow Talkers reflects a studio practice fully rooted in drawing—both in sketchbook and ink on paper formats—where ideas are filtered from specific events and experiences that occur outside of the studio. They are distilled, morphed and reduced through explorations of structure, form and composition. It’s a conscious process connected to physicality and body movement. There is a fluidity with which he moves from idea to idea in the drawings; the paintings that grow out of this course have a similar directness and clarity. Though carefully made, the canvases are unlabored and efficient. The process allows him to keep pace with his ideas while creating a diverse yet clearly defined lexicon. A wall of paintings feels like a collection of drawings where variations and possibilities move in related, but different directions. The work maneuvers, but may not have a specific destination in mind. The vocabulary isn’t closed; instead, it’s contingent, notational and schematic.

Different from his drawings, the paintings focus on the organization and application of color. Although some art historians have seen line and color as oppositional elements, for Karolak, they are a unified entity—structure, light and color are interdependent. In the last two years the paintings have become more reduced. With a desire to focus the energy of the color into a primary element, he slows down the speed of interpretation to allow the viewer to see and feel how color affects and functions. He’s thinking about its aural qualities, its speed. He’s looking at how it relates to physical or digital light; how it resonates through popular culture or design; and especially how it transmits sensation.

Slow Talkers reflects a complex system of strategic modifications that simultaneously expresses the pure joy of visuality in painting. The work here is evidence of a dedicated and focused young painter who continues to fully invest in and problematize the rich language of his chosen medium.

Jason Karolak is a painter living in Brooklyn, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at McKenzie Fine Art and Massimo Audiello in New York, and Robischon Gallery in Denver. Group exhibitions include Kavi Gupta and Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago, and Novella and Cuevas Tilleard in New York. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, ARTnews, Chicago magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Hyperallergic, New City and The New York Times. Karolak earned a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1997 and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
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  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1701) (2017)

    oil on linen over panel, 15 × 13 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1707) (2017)

    oil on linen over panel, 15 × 13 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1662) (2016)

    oil on linen over panel, 15 × 13 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1706) (2017)

    oil on linen over panel, 15 × 13 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1702) (2017)

    oil on linen over panel, 15 × 13 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1644) (2016)

    oil on linen over panel, 15 × 13 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1704) (2017)

    oil on linen over panel, 15 × 13 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1657) (2016)

    oil on linen over panel, 16 × 14 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1709) (2017)

    oil on linen over panel, 15 × 13 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1627) (2016)

    oil on linen over panel, 15 × 13 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1708) (2017)

    oil on canvas,

    15 x 13 inches

  • Jason Karolak

    Untitled (P-1632) (2016)

    oil on linen over panel, 16 × 14 inches

Current

K.R.F.

05.14.17 – 06.17.17

Archive

Jason Karolak

Slow Talkers

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

offspace

Melissa Pokorny

Call If You Need Me

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

offspace

Paul Erschen

Cloven

02.19.17 – 02.25.17

Sean Sullivan

Sunset, Saudade Station

02.19.17 – 03.26.17

Peggy Casey

Gun Shadows

01.08.17 – 02.11.17

Matt Phillips

Yard Sale

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Steve Reber

copy, fax… cut and paste

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Allison Wade

Know Better

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Alain Biltereyst

Not Just Because

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Christine Tarkowski

Chthonic Void

04.03.16 – 05.14.16

Mike Andrews

The Friends and Family Plan

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Conrad Bakker

Untitled Project: Still Life / Style Leaf

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Turquoise Sunset

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

Scott Wolniak

To Break is to Build

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

offspace

Amy Yoes

Structurals and Sightlines

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Christopher Michlig

To Everyone

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Bradley Biancardi, Austin Eddy, Annie Hémond Hotte, Shara Hughes and Tracy Thomason

08.30.15 – 10.17.15

offspace

Steven Husby

myotherisanother

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Jessie Mott

What Creature Deserves Such Devotion

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Cody Tumblin

Tell Tale

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

offspace

Angharad Davies

You Know That As Radiant

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

Leslie Baum + Allison Wade

01.31.15 – 03.07.15

Katy Cowan + Michael Milano

work : work

12.14.14 – 01.25.15

offspace

Monika Bartholomé

Night Walk

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

Aron Gent

Pure Pictures, Perfect Prints

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

offspace

Aaron Carpenter + Philip von Zweck

Cartoons + C.A.B.S.

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Franziska Holstein

Works on Paper

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Seth Hunter

held/crushed

07.20.14 – 07.20.14

Mistakes Have Hidden Intention

05.25.14 – 06.28.14

Gerd Borkelmann

Different Every Day

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Mike Rea

Exile on Main Street

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Felix Malnig

Fringe Area

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Craig Yu

Phantom Limb

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Peter Fagundo

Model Questions for the Sun, the See and Other Things…

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

offspace

Sofia Leiby

The Drama of Leisure

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

Nathaniel Robinson

The Sensible Range

10.20.13 – 12.07.13

offspace

Alain Biltereyst

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Sterling Lawrence

If I Plucked You from the Sea

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Matt Rich

Razors & Vapors

04.28.13 – 06.08.13

offspace

Vincent Hawkins

Flying Suit

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Nancy Ford

Land Loping

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Rainer Spangl

UUUUU

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Shit is Real

new editions by Chicago artists

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Nick Ostoff

Tracing

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

Allison Wade

The Rest of the More

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

offspace

Julia Hechtman

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

Christopher Michlig

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

offspace

Michael Pfisterer

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

Gary Stephan

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

06.10.12 – 07.21.12

Jin Lee

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

offspace

Dorothee Joachim + Richard Roth

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

I Surrender

03.11.12 – 04.14.12

offspace

Alexander Valentine

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Joshua Abelow

Songs from a Room

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Mark Booth

The Sea is Represented by an Irregular Shape

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Scott Fortino

Unfurl

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Andreas Karl Schulze

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

Evidence of the Material World

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

offspace

Sound & Vision

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Volker Saul

Rough Cuts

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Leslie Baum

The eyes have it or how to win a staring contest with a monster

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

Works on Paper

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

MultipleMix

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Andreas Fischer + Melissa Pokorny

Kabinett 5

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Britta Bogers, Mark Holmes, Jered Sprecher

Kabinett 4

12.05.10 – 01.22.11

Dana DeGiulio, Marie T Hermann, Anders Ruhwald

Kabinett 3

10.24.10 – 11.27.10

Richard Rezac + Gary Stephan

Kabinett 1 + 2

08.29.10 – 10.16.10

Paul Cowan + Matt Stolle

Causality without Cause

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

offspace

Wheatstone Stereoscope

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

Skies in Between

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Berlin Drawings

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Visceral Geometries

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Nathaniel Robinson

de facto

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Peter Otto

The Lodger

03.07.10 – 04.09.10

offspace

Heiner Blumenthal

A Hand-off Between

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Rodney Carswell

hither and yon (little prisons)

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Home Wreckage

Subversive Musings on Domestic Ideals

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

offspace

Time, Trauma, Drama and Rhyme

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

Dagmar Varady

Redden

10.18.09 – 12.01.09