Paper Tears: Artist Interview with Jaybo Monk

Jaybo Paper 5

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“Paper Tears,” an exhibition of all new works by artist Jaybo Monk opened recently at Soze Gallery in LA. I connected with him to discuss his new body of work, and how it relates to poetry, travel, what came before and what comes next.

K: Congratulations on a beautiful show and a really solid opening! How have you felt about the exhibit?

J: Thank you, to be honest I forget my work soon as it has been done. I consider every show like pages from a book that continuously get closer to its end , therefore I am more interested in the next page as the one I just have read.

K: This new work of yours in “Paper Tears” is quite an evolution from past works in a way I love. They are much smaller and feel more personal. Can you tell us a little about how you may have approached this series differently than works in the past?

J: Since I remember I always have drawn my ideas on paper before I even put them in words. Each morning I wake up out of a dream, I try to remember it in a visual form. What I normally do on a bigger scale is the result of more than one dream.  In “Paper Tears” I show one dream at once. The medium I used is also more personal: pocket aquarelles, pencils, ink… they also have a kind of diary aspect in them, involving time between each piece.

The Calm But Powerful Swimming Pool Works Of Kristen Martincic

Kristen Martincic‘s swimming pool works on paper are enchanting as they are crisp, clean, and inspiring.  She encompasses the feeling of calmness associated with empty swimming pools but adds character and surreal beauty by making them appear to be almost prizes to be won that you want to pick up and haul home.  These pieces are “a hybrid of print, drawing, and painting on panel,” as stated by Kristen.  Monotype, acrylic, and matsuo kozo paper are used.  Their simplicity allows the viewer to realize the provocative nature of each pool’s space and surfaces.  The layered effects she creates with her media builds added textured qualities raising the feelings of mystery, tension, and intimacy.

Her swimming pool works on paper SURFACE TENSION, will be on display at Wonder Fair Gallery starting April 26 and will remain on view through May 26th.

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Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva’s Paper works

Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva

Russian born and Rotterdam based Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva has a large collection of quirky works on paper on her site. One of my favorites has to be “I Consist of Frogs” which is pictured above.