Addison Karl


My artistic pilgrimage has evolved over a decade of process related to prepress print & color theory. A cyclical evolution from blank slate to paper, canvas to installation & integration into public space. With my work, I attempt to expand the viewer’s understanding of the context, structures & surfaces they inhabit adding life with my work & aiming towards a meticulous harmony & balance between that & the pre-existing environment.

My process explores two main domains combining humanitarian figurative & aesthetic subject matter. Projects in Israel, Russia, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan, the United States and Europe, have allowed me to explore the social construct of individual versus community. These ideas raise issues I feel are primordial to discuss in the public arena.  Furthermore, through my artistic practice, I hope to reintroduce into shared visual space a sense of ownership. The fracture of my paintings echoes this as each tiny line communicates the innate relationship between an individual and the larger composition of the community.

My focus on an aesthetic subject matter has been developed through my specialized experience in prepress print techniques. My years in printmaking helped develop a strong relationship within the process of technical color utilization and the mechanics of reproduction through analog printing.  Taking the fundamentals of drawing and choosing "hatch-lines" as the catalyst to build up value range and color families as the primary focus.  Pulling together the concept of "trapping" layers of color beneath to aid in the depth of my work.  And using the physical movements of printing to painting large bodies of color meanwhile building up natural texture and form.

The finely controlled hatch-lines create simultaneously diminutive constructions that, when viewed together, unfold and evolve dependent on the physical position of the viewer. Color groups & concepts are explored using theories of parallelism, the bezold effect, impressionist and chaos philosophies developed by numerous artists and philosophers throughout history.