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Karl Pilato
Artist Statement


My abstract paintings, prints, and drawings evoke nature as encompassing, vast, and always changing.

The intuitively drawn mark is the foundation of my work. A mark’s particular character leads to following gestures, which reflect, contrast, obscure, or enhance it. My work comes out of basic tactile experiences of the medium like varying pressure to carve a line through space or bumping a loaded brush over another color to form a flickering complexity. Painting for me is feeling the light and space that emerges from nuanced relationships of gesture.

Rhythmic structure emerges from my process of building areas of density and openness. These contrasting areas weave through one another. I look for all the marks to fit in place, to feel balanced, to be in continual motion, and to evoke the light and space of nature.

 

 

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