Cynthia Karasek

'Woman Living in Her Kitchen Floor'

Cynthia Karasek 'Woman Living in Her Kitchen Floor' | Events Calendar
Work to Do, 2016, Pastel on paper, 60 x 60 inches


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A.I.R. GALLERY | 155 Plymouth Street

A.I.R. is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Cynthia Karasek featuring sculpture and drawings that create an immersive environment. Women Living in Her Kitchen Floor, is about the psychology of space and the emotions and memories that can be evoked, activated, and distilled by the unique poetry of visual relationships.

In a series of mural sized pastel drawings we encounter female figures inexplicably inhabiting a grid of floor tiles. Some grasp for help while others dive for safety or perform mundane chores in various states of anxiety and distress. The cause of the disquiet may be found in the strangely beautiful sculptures that accompany the drawings. Structures made from galvanized buckets, wood, oil and mixed media allow us to gaze through the surface of murky pools into submerged worlds conjuring associations with images from a deep, and perhaps shared, past.

Karasek intends that her work establish meta-relationships and
parameters that can trigger and support a rich response in the viewer.
There is the mystery of the shadowy things that lie in or under the
surface. There is the world of plain and primitive materials that maintain
the machinery of our lives in sickness and in health. And there is the simple beauty and reassurance that comes from knowing that the unknowable and unseen parts of our existence contain the muse that waits to be called upon when needed.

Cynthia Karasek received a BFA from Cornell University and a MA in Fine Arts from Hunter College. She was a fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and is a funding member of PS122 (Painting Space 122) in the East Village. Karasek has exhibited in one person and group exhibitions in New York, Europe, Canada, and cities throughout the United States.





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