Paul Kolker “Flatland Reimagined…A Romance of the Line and the Dot”

PAUL KOLKER collection

poster for Paul Kolker “Flatland Reimagined…A Romance of the Line and the Dot”
[Image: Paul Kolker "romance of the dot and the curvilinear grid" blanc (L)...noir (R) (2015) (installation view)]

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Paul Kolker presents Flatland Reimagined…A Romance of the Line and the Dot at the PAUL KOLKER collection in Chelsea, an exhibition of light sculptures and paintings of dots and lines in the forms of grids, curves, squares and squiggles that suggest a melee of dimensionality and gestural movement; as in the installation view above. Kolker, the artist, curator and producer, uses abstractions of the line and the dot as an experiment in perception. A concurrent sister exhibition, Paul Kolker: Flatland Reimagined, may be viewed at Art Wynwood in Miami from February 12 through 16, 2015.

Inspired by Edwin A. Abbott’s 1884 novel, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Kolker self-curates and creates the art for this exhibition under the umbra of the artist’s wholly reductionistic thesis statement which reimagines, using both abstraction and minimalism, a hypothetical twenty-first century world in which, according to Kolker, “a dot may be a universe and a universe a dot.” Scientific reductionism, Kolker explains, uses microscopic, molecular and subatomic components to define the physical laws of macroscopic phenomena such as thermodynamics, for example. Thus, the minimalist and abstract paintings in this show are dispositive as reductions of that macroscopic narrative, A Romance of the Line and the Dot. A line is an iteration of dots; or as Abbott wrote more than a century ago, ” if a Point moves Northward, and leaves a luminous wake, what name would you give to the wake?…A straight line.”



from January 22, 2015 to March 14, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-01-22 from 18:00 to 20:00


Paul Kolker

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