Overview: I alter photographic information through painting, and nudge imagery toward poetic, humorous, or ominous observations.

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Tuesday
Jul242012

Gesture

Gesture, oil on wood, 4.5” x 6”, 2010

Monday
Apr302012

An Essay

An Essay, 20” x 15”, oil on wood, 2010

 

This painting seems like the right one to post during final exam season, what with the wishful ‘you could be outside’ houseplants, the fakey inspirational skyscape murals that are, in reality, pocked with blackened windows, and the looming school desk, tipping awkwardly as if you weren’t uncomfortable enough already.

Tuesday
Nov082011

Approach

Approach, 10” x 14”, Oil on wood, 2010

Saturday
Jul232011

Tart

 

Tart, Oil on panel, 14” x 10”

 

All this hot weather makes me cross.

Thursday
Feb242011

An Interrogation

An Interrogation, Oil on panel, 20” x 16”, 2010

Tuesday
Jan182011

Dive

Dive, Oil on linen mounted on wood, 8” x 6” 2010

Tuesday
Nov162010

A Furlough

A Furlough, 20” x 16”, Oil on Panel, 2010

A brief statement about this piece is in the comments. right here:

There are two flocks, both at rest, one hanging and one perching, in a sort of mirror of one another. Both hopper and trough are empty and the whole area is deserted and fully bright. There’s a bit of duality in the definition of furlough too - one is like a vacation, the other, a loss of income.

Tuesday
Oct052010

A Bagatelle

A Bagatelle, 24” x 48”, Oil on panel, 2010

Statement in the comments

Thursday
Aug192010

Exhibition Announcement

Please join me in the beautiful dance rehearsal and performance space at Belle Plaine Studio for an exhibition of paintings I made this summer with the help of an Individual Artist Support Initiative / Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council. I look forward to seeing you there!

A Meridian, Oil on panel, 24” x 36”, 2010

 

Belle Plaine Studio     www.belleplainestudio.com
2014 W Belle Plaine           Google map    
Chicago IL 60618


Dates   Aug 28, Sept 3, 4, 10, 11, 12,  2010
Hours 1:00 - 4:00 PM and by appointment,  www.annekarsten.com/contact
Reception September 12,  1:00 - 4:00 PM

 

Statement

For the last decade I’ve worked with screen-captured images from eBay to create psychological portraits of items that people sell (FAQ’s here, gallery page here). My work explores how people create meaning for themselves through their associations with their possessions, whether this meaning is humorous, eerie, or poetic.  For this exhibition of paintings, I looked to the global eBay marketplace to find objects for sale and knitted them together with the same surreal quality found in my past work. In this new series, the imagery hints at collective memories that are being sloughed off by a particular set of people at this time in history.

Many of the items depicted in the paintings were produced by people who lived before the culture of planned obsolescence and instant gratification, and reflect a slower, more careful, and less prolific approach to manufacturing that gave rise to the phrase ‘pride in workmanship’. Most of the depicted items have now become obsolete, replaced by high-tech alternatives or updated styles that are made desirable through corporate marketing. Even in recent history, human beings had fewer possessions than we do now, but the corollary idea that the past was a ‘simpler time’ is a myth; regardless of when they were made, possessions of all kinds help define human experience, and regardless of when people live, they participate in the range of human sentiment. The difference of course is that the past is closed, and bygone generations speak to us through the residual artifacts of their lives. In the present, these artifacts are auctioned to the highest bidder, though many fail to find a buyer. With the paintings, these items are gathered together and stylized to suggest perpetual human sensibilities such as isolation, frustration, ambition, resignation, and remorse.

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Permission

6” x 4.5”

Wednesday
Jun302010

Payload

4.5” x 6”

Tuesday
Jun152010

Rite

6” x 4.5”

Thursday
Jun032010

Hitch

6” x 4.5”

Tuesday
May252010

Yay

6” x 4.5”

Recently, the Illinois Arts Council awarded me a grant to pursue a project in painting.

Monday
Mar152010

Absence

12” x  12”

Tuesday
Feb092010

Iris

7” x 7”

Tuesday
Jan192010

Protection

4.5” × 6”

Thursday
Jan072010

Fillet

6” × 4.5”

Tuesday
Dec292009

Cloak

4.5” × 6”

Thursday
Dec032009

Escarpment

4.5” × 6”