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June 19, 2008 to August 1, 2008

New Work by Jolynn Krystosek

Jolynn Krystosek combined three separate but interrelated bodies of work that includes floral relief carvings in wax, floral paper cutouts, and watercolor and multimedia renderings of exotic fowl.  Throughout each series, themes of adornment, and fragility are combined with an interest in exploring the connective threads between sexuality, embellishment and the transient nature of beauty.

For the exotic fowl series, Krystosek crops the portraits of male birds emphasizing the embellishment of their head feathers and plumage that are used to attract the opposite sex. The portraits conceptualize the historical association of adornment with sexuality while relaying an opposite reaction to the viewer of grotesque exaggeration. In both the wax carvings and paper work, Krystosek deals with the historical relationship between flowers, botanica, and the hidden sexual symbolism of such objects. Referencing Baroque Dutch Still-life painting, the works reflect their vulnerability through the ephemeral nature of the materials used (wax, paper) and through the implied themes of vanitas and ars moriendi in its subject matter. As Krystosek states “These paintings capture the essence of decay with great opulence and also glorify the moment at which decomposition begins; the object’s most lush moment is actually the beginning of its end.”

Krystosek received a M.F.A. from Hunter Collage, New York, NY (2006) and a B.A. from San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (2003). Exhibitions include: Solo Exhibition, Lucas Schoormans, New York, NY (2007); New Work, Horticultural Society of New York, NY (2006); Frantically Baroque, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY (2006); Summer Show & Auction, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY (2006); MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hunter Times Square Gallery, New York, NY  (2006); MA’s Select MFA’s, Hunter Times Square Gallery, New York, NY (2005); and Brazil: 12th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit, Watermill, NY (2005). Krystosek lives and works in New York, NY and is represented by Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, NY.

Tags: mixed media, sculpture, works on paper