Krista Svalbonas is a fine artist working in mixed media. In my work, I explore the ill-defined spaces of the urban landscape: hard and opaque, neither deep nor wide, the homogenous infrastructure of humanity. I am fascinated by the language of spatial relationships and by the overlap of architectural form and structure with the psychology of the human environment. My paintings on panel echo the unadorned modernist architectural aesthetic of straight edges and no trim. Beginning with photographic source material, I extract elements of the built environment that become geometric abstractions: spaces between and above buildings, grids of windows, exterior piping and fire escapes all manifest themselves in my paintings. By using materials such as felt and wax I am able to cut into and build onto my surfaces. In this way, my process parallels the continual excavation and renovation of the urban landscape.

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Krista Svalbonas, A Habitation and a Name at Matteawan Gallery, Beacon NY

A Habitation and a Name at Matteawan Gallery, Beacon NY

In my work, I explore the ill-defined spaces of the urban landscape: hard and opaque, neither deep nor wide, the homogenous infrastructure of humanity. I am fascinated by the language of spatial relationships and by the overlap of architectural form and structure with the psychology of the human environment. My paintings on panel echo the unadorned modernist architectural aesthetic of straight edges and no trim. Beginning with photographic source material, I extract elements of the built environment that become geometric abstractions: spaces between and above buildings, grids of windows, exterior piping and fire escapes all manifest themselves in my paintings. By using materials such as felt and wax I am able to cut into and build onto my surfaces. In this way, my process parallels the continual excavation and renovation of the urban landscape.