Message to the World, Kristin Calabrese solo exhibition -
Opening at Brennan & Griffin, April 26, 2018

Into the Fold: The Paintings of Kristin Calabrese
by Kiki Seror

Woven cloth, otherwise known as drapery, has been used for centuries, as a society metaphor, from the Social Fabric, "The looser the weave, the weaker the fabric," and inherently serves as a reference used by linguistics to illustrate the dance between 'word and thought'. For painters it is their runway support to take flight from. Whether be it cotton, linen, or dried woven pulp, it is the initial ground, which their first stroke of liquid or graphite is laid upon. Calabrese's paintings take flight here, as an image of the surface-object, the woven support becomes the subject of the painting, and after all, once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny. Her subject is transform by means of paint strokes that create the image, although gravity will slowly modify the forms of the folds, what is present is the artist hand painting the fabric to evoke memory as surface selections are brought into play. Just how much vision and memory, we absorb from the paintings, depends on the degree by which her faculty has been masterly developed, and selection is shown by way the artist's asserts herself in choosing those folds, creases, and furrows. Her painted curvilinear triangles forms with folds and furrows, are not common outlines or simple areas of tones, these forms exhibit triangular or at times trapeziform contours, since lines defining drapery forms are never parallel. Kristin's intent rises from the plane of inscription - it results from a recoil which divides the support into a landscape of valleys as though to recall the void in which this act is achieved, the paint, detached from the surface, it proceeds to weave itself there, delegated from depths which are not deep towards the surface, which is no longer a surface but a 'signified fold,' painted vertically from beneath to its upper surface, a perfect operation - touch as echo - illustrating a "concealed point" or of the "absence of traces.

Kristin Calabresephoto credit: Jared Velazquez

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