Karen Arm "New Works on Paper"


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Known for her intensive process of painting, this new series are all watercolor or acrylic on paper. In contrast to her larger scale acrylic works on canvas, this new paper series is more intimate in scale while still possessing dense detail. Arm refers to nature in her imagery as a catalyst for something more ambiguous, more abstract and as a point of exploration. This new series focuses on sun bursts, star fields, blood pools and water, each pushing and pulling the visual field in intricate accumulations.

Arm sees her works as capturing an unseeable moment in time. Her work heightens nature by making the intangible visible. What she is representing is unavailable to the human eye but the idea of the form and element is made precise. Due to a new method of working, the accumulation of dots and lines that Arm makes is spontaneous, as she is working without being able to see the final result. Arm thus creates randomness in her obsessive process. This new way of working also confronts the idea of controlling yet also releasing the mark making.

Through all of these works, Arm is seeking to capture something elusive, ephemeral, and enigmatic. The mandalic and transformational quality of Arm’s works is intentional in the creation of and also the finished work. For Arm, the works possess action in their paused state. They are like the moment of fission, of an energy that could be destructive or creative. These many ambiguities create a heightened tension that pushes and pulls the surface and depth of space, even at the intimate scale and simplicity of paper.

Karen Arm lives and works in Brooklyn and Shelter Island, NY.



from November 18, 2011 to December 17, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-11-18 from 18:00 to 20:00


Karen Arm

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