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Jason Cimenski

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realism, charcoal, large-scale, figurative



Jason Cimenski-Almogela

Artist Statement

Kairos: The Time In Between

I’ve often been struck by the significance of the present moment. More specifically, I am interested in those present moments which change us forever. Moments that are never planned yet exist in between the measured segments of time that, because of their nature, change our spiritual, intellectual and emotional DNA ceaselessly from that time forward. Some call them “moments of truth”, but it is the ancient Greek idea of kairos, the moment of crisis which creates an opportunity for and even accentuates the need for an existential decision to be made, that I am most interested in.

While in many cases these unplanned events can be heartbreaking, traumatic and damaging, it is in these same situations that we eventually find strength in our struggle with fragility, hope in our confrontation with despair and connectedness in our feeling of isolation. My hope is that the viewer might experience hints of both in all the works presented. In this body of work I have attempted to explore these moments in my own life, in the lives of others close to me, and of those who I may not even know.

Personal icons present themselves as symbolic suggestions of how these sometimes lucid and other times fragmented moments have come together as an overall feeling or experience. Some works may come across as nostalgic, signifying memories I have of a given moment or at other times subtly foreboding, as if the present moment will be disrupted by an unforeseen but intuitively expected future action or experience. But in all cases these works imperfectly represent iconic visions of kairotic moments, ranging from the quiet and gentle to the potentially catastrophic and violent.

A number of artists have greatly influenced my current body of work. Contemporary influences include Edward Rusha’s lesser known works of ambiguously lit and silhouetted iconic forms to Vija Celmin’s drawings and paintings of expansive space and natural pattern. I have also been drawn by the psychological, yet painterly nature of Francis Bacon as well as the large minimally expansive drawings and paintings of Toba Khedorri. I frequently find myself referencing the work of Edward Hopper, with specific interest in the tension and feeling of isolation he creates with simplified realism and light. With all of these artists it is ultimately the way they reflect the human psychological state through a representational means that is attractive and calls me to a depiction of my own iconic perceptions of the kairotic moment.

Recent Exhibits

Jason Cimenski participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2008 2008 Torrance Juried Exhibition
Torrance Art Museum
Oct, 2008 Score VII
Valley Institute of Visual Art (VIVA) Art Center
Aug, 2007 California Open Exhibition
TAG Gallery
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