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Steven J Karlik

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Portland Oregon

Birth year

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Portland State University, 1995, Bachelores degree
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Representing galleries

exhibition/performance, sculpture, conceptual, abstract, modern, minimalism mixed-media installation mixed-media mixed-media installation


Artist Statement

The initial problem I established for myself, as an abstract painter, was how to elevate abstraction to a level of intellectual inquiry while remaining true to the visual nature of painting. I have said that my work is literally just what it is. Beside the argument to provoke discussion about painting, an intellectual challenge to painting implies a focus on sets of relationships that visually structure a painting. Painting always carries a push/pull between its two-dimensional space and its object hood, illusion therefore employs an openness that painting cannot escape. The fact that painting is highly illusionistic endears painting with a lyrical quality, where the materiality of contemporary ideals and the physical property of the medium coalesce into meaning. I choose the word sublime to describe the transcendence of materiality towards higher forms of expression.

In the work of Series Settlement, Desio and again In SHIFT, the visual plane is a kind of unified field held together by form and scale where the relationships of color, form and surface explore the delicate and severe balance between paintings competing elements. The visual plane is shallow with a focus on color density, opacity and finish. For the objects in SHIFT, visual tension is the key element,the sum of the relationships that hold a painting together visually. In Settlement, Desio, Shift and currently Cross Point, I again consider abstraction as a form that carries a meditative ambiance through the materiality of wood and a muted physiology of color. The work has been referred to as having a "sound free ambiance devoid of personal expression" that I liken to the Japanese concept of balance through perfect imperfection. The work approaches an understanding of the tension that exists in the idea of balance, or rather equipoise, a dance where the competitive visual elements balance with a slightly off quality that works formally.

Steve Karlik, 2010




1960 Portland, Oregon


Seattle, Washington


Steve Karlik is an abstract painter originally from Portland Oregon, he has lived and worked in New York from 1995 - 2009. His work has shown in Asia, Europe, the US and South America. His solo exhibitions include New York and Rio de Janeiro, with select group exhibitions in Australia, Brussels, New York and Philadelphia. His work has been reviewed by Time Out New York, Il Lunedi de Republica in Italy, Art Net, The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Philadelphia Downtown ledger and by O-Globo and the Jornal O Dia in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. His work has been published by Minus Space and by Vicky Perry in "Abstract Painting: Techniques and ideas". Steve's work has been included in Catalogues for "Presentational Painting III" at Hunter College, the "Pulse" Biennale in Richmond Virginia, "Steve Karlik" Minus Space, the exhibition "Still Abstraction" for the Solar Grandjean de Montigny in Rio and in "Carrying On" at Portland State University

In April of 2005 Steve was voted into the American Abstract Artists Association, members have included Joseph Albers, Piet Mondrian and Ad Reinhardt, current members include Merrill Wagner and David Reed. In 2006 Steve participated in the exhibition and panel discussion for Presentational painting III at Hunter College and was included in the 2008 Minus Space group exhibition "Minus Space" at PS1/MoMa.

Steve has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Portland.


1997. Graduate of Fine Arts, painting, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Focus on Color Field Painting and Modernist Painting Theory. Thesis, Equipoise, the analysis of abstract paintings illusionistic qualities vs. theoretical object hood. Advisors Linda Francis and Eric Miles

1997. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Two years Intensive study of Contemporary Art Criticism under Robert C. Morgan, with a focus on Post Modern critique.

1994. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.


2006 "Shift" Gallery 3, Brooklyn, NY

2005 "Steve Karlik" Minus Space

2001 "Burgundy Paintings" Restaurant Saul, Brooklyn, NY

2000 "Red, Black and Gold" Restaurant Saul, Brooklyn, NY

1999 "Recent Paintings" Restaurant Saul, Brooklyn, NY

1998 "Still Abstraction" Solar Grandjean de Montigny-Centro Cultural Puc -Rio, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro-Brazil



M5, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNAC), Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR Curated by Jeff Jahn.

Julian Dashper (1960-2009): It Is Life, MINUS SPACE project space, Brooklyn, NY.

American Abstract Artists International “L’astrazione vista da un cosmopolita”, Aragonese Castle of Otranto, BAU Institute, Otranto, Italy.


"Escape from New York" Curated by Matthew Deleget, Project Space Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


"Minus Space" Curated by Phong Bui, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / A Museum of Modern Art Affiliate, Long Island City, NY

"Words Fail Me": Steve Karlik, Li-Trincere and Don Voisine, H29, Brussels, Belgium, Curated by Matthew Deleget


"Escape from New York" Sydney Non Objective (SNO), Sydney, Australia

"Continuum" 70th Anniversary of the American Abstract Artists, St. Peters College O'Toole Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

"War is Over II" Side Show Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY


"Pulse" 6th Annual Biennial for Emerging Artists, 1708 Gallery, Richmond Virginia

"Presentational Painting III" Hunter College, NY

"War is Over" Side Show Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY


"AAF" Pier 92, David Allen Gallery

"Steve Karlik" Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY

"Small Works" Twenty-Eighth Annual Exhibition, New York University, New York, NY

"Winter Group Show and Auction" D.U.M.B.O. (DAC) Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY


"Winter Group Show and Auction" D.U.M.B.O. (DAC) Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

"Composition in HiFi" David Allen, Brooklyn, NY


"Winter Group Show and Auction" D.U.M.B.O. (DAC) Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

"Anita Schwartz Gallery" Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


"Reinventing Landscape" Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

"San Francisco Art Fair" Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

"Painting Installation" Advanced Realty, Florham Park, NJ. Curated by Art Assets, LLC

"Winter Group Show and Auction" D.U.M.B.O. (DAC) Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

"AAF" Pier 92" Pentimenti Gallery

"Theme, Source, Resource, Contemporary Landscape Painting" D.U.M.B.O. (DAC) Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

"Four Artists/Four Media" Curated by Marla Goldwasser and Blair Voltz, New York, NY


"Big Names, Winter Group Show and Auction" D.U.M.B.O. (DAC) Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

"Paintings from 2001" Bayerische Landesbank, Masal Fine Art, New York, NY


"75 Works: Painting, Drawings, Sculpture and Photography" GAle Gates et al, Brooklyn, NY

"Winter Group Show and Auction" D.U.M.B.O. (DAC) Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

"Abertura Exposicao" Mrecedes Viegas Escritorio de Arte, Rio de Janeiro-Brazil


"Size Matters, 400 Artists" GAle Gates et al, Brooklyn, NY

An Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture" GAle Gates et al. Brooklyn, NY

"Carrying On" Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR


"Pelham Art Center Group Show" Pelham, NY

"Balance" K"rean Cultural Center, 460 Park Avenue, New York, NY

"Section 33" D.U.M.B.O. (DAC) Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

"Williamsburg Bridges Tibet" Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

"Small Works" Twenty-First Annual Exhibition, New York University, New York, NY


"Equipoise" Thesis Show for the Graduate of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

"Delaware College Group Show" Delaware College o0f Art and Design, Wilmington, DE

"Juried MFA Show" Pratt Institute, Pratt Institute Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY


"The "SoHo Annual" 426 West Broadway, New York, NY


"Untitled" The New Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"Working Space" The East Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


"Current Concerns" Portland State University, Portland, OR


Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graduate Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1997


Kristin Beal-DeGrandmont and Peter Baldes, Pulse, Catalogue for the Biennale Exhibition "Pulse" Gallery 1708, Richmond Virginia. May 2006

Gabriele Everts, "Presentational Painting III" Catalogue for the Exhibition. Hunter College, NY, February 2006

Stephan Maine, Painting Presentation, The Pleasures of "Presentational Painting" at Hunter College/Times Square Gallery. Art Reviews, Art net, April 7, 2006

Presentational Painting III, Art in and around Times Square and Port Authority, This Week In New York, Volume 5 number 43, March 29, 2006

Mathew Delegate and Rossana Martinez: Interview by Chris Ashley, Catalogue for the Exhibition "Steve Karlik". Minus Space publications, Brooklyn, NY, September 2005

Vicky Perry, "Abstract Painting: Techniques and Ideas" Watson-Guptil Publications, New York, NY

Edward J. Sozanski, "Reinventing Landscape" Art Reviews, The Philadelphia Enquirer, Friday November 8, 2002

R.B. Strauss, "A Land of the Mind" Art Reviews, The Philadelphia Downtown Ledger, November 21, 2002

Enzo Siciliano, "Nuovi Talenti: Ultimo Indirizzo Brooklyn" Art Reviews, il Lunedi de La Republica. Anno 6, Numero 23 L. 1500, c 0,77 in Italia, Lunedi 14 Giugno 1999. 1998

Luiz Camilo Osorio, "Ainda Abstracao" Art Reviews, O-Globo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 de Decembro de 1998

Daniel Feingold, Curador, Exposicao: "Ainda Abtracao"-"Still Abstraction". Solar Grandjean de Montigny-Centro Cultural Puc-Rio, Pontifficia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro-Brazil

Anna Paula Conde, "Dupla de Abstratos" Exposicao Arte, Jornal O Dia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 Decembro de 1998

Robert Mahoney, "Section 33" Art Reviews, Time Out New York, Issue NO. 153. Aug 27-Sept 3rd, 1998


Member of the American Abstract Artists Association, 2005

Minus Space reductive and concept based art, representation since founding in 2003

Anita Schwartz Gallery, Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Ober Gallery, Kent Connecticut

Pierogi Gallery, Flat files, Brooklyn, NY, 2003

Minus Space Flat Files, Brooklyn, NY


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