Gallery4Culture is pleased to announce the November exhibit, knit_art_history, by Paul Komada. Three years ago, Komada became a father, and a stay-at-home dad for his son Enzo. As a result, the trained painter needed to morph his medium and method of working, to fit the confines of his living space along with the needs of his young child. Komada learned how to knit (and block), and once he mastered the craft, began creating Modernist compositions out of soft wool yarn.
As a young man, the Japanese-born artist became captivated with Modernist art while visiting New York's Museum of Modern Art. Paintings like Piet Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie as well as Kasimir Malevich's Avant-garde Supremacist compositions inspired the artist's studio practice. His first works were large-scale geometric paintings in vivid colors.
With knit_art_history, Komada pays homage to his favorite hard-edge abstractions with his newfound fiber medium. The exhibit features one wall hung work referencing the November U.S. Senate election, comprised of one hundred 15"X15" square parts primarily in red and blue. Other works, knitted to a blanket-like scale, are presented as installations. The exhibition also incorporates a series of related watercolor studies that help the viewer track the artist's transition from paint to fiber.
Paul Komada divided his early years between Japan and the United States. He earned a BFA from the University of Washington, Seattle and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and son.