Lily’s at Roger Smith Hotel
May 24 – August 29, 2016
I am interested in the interaction of materials. Letting the materials I use speak for themselves is a large part of the process. It is important because they have a history and my voice should not be the only one present. The work is ultimately stronger this way as something is built organically through the process of interaction. The visual aesthetic that I am trying to achieve is where the viewer is confronted with the idea that what they are looking at could be falling apart or being built, something organic, unstable, shifting or growing.
Calendar: A lot of my work incorporates found materials. This group of work was inspired by a calendar that Taschen was giving away. It incorporated famous New York city photographs, I felt inspired by the imagery and texture of the paper. I painted simple shapes into the scenes in an attempt to paint-out the central subject matter.
Assemblages: These works are all about texture and materials. They incorporate wood scraps, plaster, string, resin and any other found material that can add contrast. I chose these materials because at the time I was making these works, I was working with plaster a lot. I was creating custom architectural elements for a high-end company in Brooklyn and fell in love with the versatility and fragility of the material.
Mono Prints: I started experimenting with Mono prints at the end of 2015. A studio mate organized a print night and offered us the use of her printing press. My prints try to create a similar feeling as my assemblages. Rough shapes and textures often referencing a grid or the substrate on which I am working. Vertical lines are a common thread in my work. Compositionally I like the way it slows down the eye and gives a touch of structure to the mess.
Plexi-Paintings: This series was directly inspired by one of my professors who works with lace and pattern within her paintings. Her work is about how we see. While I was thinking about this aspect, how we see, I thought of adding a physical layer to my work in a panel form. It was an opportunity for me to extract from the process of layering an actual physical layer by adding the plexi-glass and now being able to paint on both sides of that surface, show the separation of the layers.
About Garrett Klein
Garrett Klein was born on Long Island, NY. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has exhibited throughout the five boroughs, including select exhibitions: Prism 2015, Communication Break Down 2014, White Noise 2012, Figure Fragments 2012, Epicene 2011, Japan Relief 2011.
About Roger Smith
Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 20 years the owners and employees have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests, with New York and places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues.
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