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Joey Korom

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20130325183506-a_quiet_place__2011__36_x_24__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_500
A Quiet Place, 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 24
20130325190538-abstract_painting_1__2012__24_x_18__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Abstract Painting 1, 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 24 X 18
20130325191624-abstract_painting_2__2011__36_x_24__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_500
Abstract Painting 2, 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 24
20130325192403-abstract_painting_4__2012__36_x_36__acrylic_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 4, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 36
20130325192739-abstract_painting_5__2012__48_x_36__acrylic_on_canvas___5_000
Abstract Painting 5, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 48 X 36
20130325193129-abstract_painting_6__2012__36_x_36__mixed_media_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 6, 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 36
20130325193604-abstract_painting_7__2012__24_x_24__mixed_media_on_canvas___2_000
Abstract Painting 7, 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 24 X 24
20130325194001-abstract_painting_8__2012__36_x_36__mixed_media_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 8, 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 36
20130325194904-abstract_painting_9__2013__24_x_18__mixed_media_on_canvas___2_000
Abstract Painting 9, 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas 24 X 18
20130325195303-abstract_painting_10__2013__30_x_24_mixed_media_on_canvas___2_000
Abstract Painting 10, 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas 30 X 24
20130325195702-anticipation_for_chicago__2011__36_x_36__mixed_media_on_canvas___2_500
Anticipation for Chicago, 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 36
20130325200345-blue_world__2012__24_x_18__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Blue World, 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 24 X 18
20130325200822-broken_levee__2009__36_x_36__acrylic_on_canvas___2_500
Broken Levee, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 36
20130325201211-cat_of_the_hour__2012__30_x_24__acrylic_on_canvas___1_500
Cat of the Hour, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 30 X 24
20130325201825-companion_1__2010__20_x_16__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Companion 1, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 16
20130325202400-companion_2__2010__24_x_18__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Companion 2, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 24 X 18
20130325202658-companion_3__2010__20_x_16__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Companion 3, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 16
20130325203202-companion_4__2010__16_x_20__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Companion 4 , 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 16 X 20
20130325203453-companion_5__2010__16_x_20__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Companion 5, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 16 X 20
20130325204006-companion_6__2010__16_x_20__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Companion 6, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 16 X 20
20130325204242-companion_7__2010__16_x_20__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Companion 7, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 16 X 20
20130325204841-abstract_painting_8__2012__36_x_36__mixed_media_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 8 , 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 36
20130325205150-composition_195193__2010__20_x_16__mixed_media_on_canvas___750
Composition 195193, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 16
20130325205553-composition_energy__2012__24_x_18__acrylic_on_canvas___1_000
Composition Energy, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 24 X 18
20130325205759-composition_with_black_form__2010__20_x_16__mixed_media_on_canvas___750
Composition with Black Form , 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 16
20130325205953-composition_with_envelope__2009__14_x_11__mixed_media_on_canvas__collage____750
Composition with Envelope, 2009 Mixed Media on Canvas (collage) 14 X 11
20130325210356-composition_with_oval__2011__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Composition with Oval , 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 24 X 18
20130325210753-dichotomies__2011__24_x_24__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Dichotomies, 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 24 X 24
20130325211326-floating_red__2012__20_x_20__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Floating Red, 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 20
20130325211855-frayed__2011__24_x_24__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Frayed, 2011 24 X 24 Mixed Media on Canvas
20130325213725-hidden_glass__2012__30_x_24__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_500
Hidden Glass, 2012 30 X 24 Mixed Media on Canvas
20130325214537-intruder__2012__36_x_36__acrylic_on_canvas___2_500
Intruder, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 36
20130325215741-loop_trip__2012__36_x_36__mixed_media_on_canvas___2_500
Loop Trip, 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 36
20130325220127-morning_in_the_park__2012__36_x_36__acrylic_on_canvas___2_500
Morning in the Park, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 36
20130325220652-night__2011__30_x_30__acrylic_on_canvas___1_500
Night, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 30 X 30
20130325220951-red_cloud_and_window__2010__30_x_40__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_500
Red Cloud and Window , 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 30 X 40
20130325221124-serrated_gray__2010__36_x_24__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_500
Serrated Gray, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 24
20130325221342-summer_house__2010__20_x_16__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Summer House, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 20 X 16
20130325221806-the_challenge__2012__24_x_18__acrylic_on_canvas___1_000
The Challenge, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 24 X 18
20130325222710-the_hour_of_discontent__2011__24_x_18__acrylic_on_canvas___1_000
The Hour of Discontent , 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 24 X 18
20130325223232-time_dance__2012__40_x_30__acrylic_on_canvas___2_000
Time Dance, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30
20130325225127-vase__2011__24_x_18__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Vase, 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 24 X 18
20130325225329-waterfall__2011__18_x_24__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_000
Waterfall, 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 18 X 24
20130325225742-window_echo__2010__36_x_24__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_500
Window Echo, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 24
20130325230218-worth_the_risk__2010__36_x_24__mixed_media_on_canvas___1_500
Worth the Risk, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 24
20130326195330-abstract_painting_11__2013__36_x_24_mixed_media_on_canvas___2_000
Abstract Painting 11 , 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 24
20130326195818-abstract_painting_12__2013__36_x_36_acrylic_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 12, 2013, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 36
20130326200402-abstract_painting_13__2013__48_x_36_acrylic_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 13, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas 48 X 36
20130506004327-abstract_painting_3__2012__36_x_36_acrylic_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 3, 2012, 36 x 36 acrylic on canvas, $2,500, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 36
20130612195254-abstract_painting_14__2013__36_x_36__acrylic_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 14, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 36
20130612200033-abstract_painting_15__2013__36_x_36__mixed_media_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 15, 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas 36 X 36
20131007204610-abstract_painting_16__2013__36_x_36__acrylic_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 16, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 36
20131007205210-abstract_painting_17__2013__36_x_36__acrylic_on_canvas___2_500
Abstract Painting 17, 2015 36 X 36 Acrylic on Canvas
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Milwaukee
Birth year
1955
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Schools
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1989, Bachelor of Science in Architecture
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1989, Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Representing galleries
Tags
Mid-Century Modernism, modernism, abstract expressionism, collage, New York School, abstract, mixed-media, modern
Statement and Biography


Artist Statement:

As a mid-career artist, I have decided to pursue abstraction as my preferred method of visual communication. For close to twenty five years I have drawn upon my education and professional background in architecture for inspiration when composing a painting; intuition is primary—then media, proportions, colors, textures, and careful execution determine the final result. I make art that is purely optical—that is, an art meant to engage the eye and the mind of the viewer without employing any associations outside of the work itself; the viewer is introduced to abstraction arrived at only by the paint on the canvas.

I embrace special interests in art history, architectural history, design theory, composition, and critique. I draw inspiration from early modernism, especially from the abstract expressionist work produced during the mid-twentieth century. My work continues to be subconsciously influenced by the compositional subtleties inherent in the work of the Cubist, Constructivist, and Bauhaus movements. Abstract Expressionism, particularly the work of Motherwell, Frankenthaler, Hoffman, and Hartigan, does indeed enter into my oeuvre; the architectural masterpieces produced by Mies van der Rohe, Graham, and Wright also play a part. 

Architectural composition and the discipline of hand-drawing were not confined only to the classroom, but were practiced professionally. My drawing skills include the ability to construct axonometric and isometric views, one, two and three-point perspectives, worm’s-eye and bird’s-eye views, and of course building plans, sections, and elevations. Graphite, charcoals, inks, and colored pencils were employed by me to great precision.

As an artistic foil, as a creative release from that precisionist work, I have devoted myself to an expressive type of abstraction, to an artistic mode devoid of the rules of perspective drawing, to codes and to gravity. What remains is an art of underlying structure, seductive color, and a loose brush. I employ my art as a sort of personal liberation from the demands of architectural drawing, and yet, I never completely lose the disciplines that I have been taught.  

 

Artist Biography:

Joey Korom was born in Milwaukee in the summer of 1955. In 1979, after studying architecture for years, Korom published his first book on architectural history and design.  Korom went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 from the School of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; in 1992 he attained a Master of Architecture degree.  Shortly after graduation and until 1997, Korom assisted as graduate student mentor at the School of Architecture.  From 1994 until 2003, Korom was employed as an architectural designer/project architect at TOKI & Associates Architects, Tri-Corp Housing, Neighborhood Housing Services, Warner-Pfaller & Associates Architects, and Valerio-Georgeson Architects.  In 2003, Korom founded Apex Design; one year later he went on to found Fusion Design Professionals, both architecture firms in Milwaukee.

In addition to composing detailed architectural drawings, Korom also produced many architectural models.  As a result of his expertise, he was asked by a director of the Milwaukee Art Museum to construct a large-scale model of the Seth Peterson Cottage designed in 1959 by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Korom completed this model in Russian white birch, and it was displayed during the 2012 retrospective of Wright’s work at the museum.  Additionally, he participated in the 2003 World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, by submitting a sophisticated design to honor those who perished there on September 11, 2001 (competition #683184).

During the period 1992 to 1995, Korom served as co-owner of Gallery H2O, an art gallery located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.  For some thirty years Korom has shown his work in numerous commercial galleries and has had success with multiple in-studio exhibitions. Besides being a devoted artist, Korom is also the owner of Building Biographies, an architectural research firm headquartered in Chicago.  Furthermore, having photographed buildings in some fifty major cities for professional publication, he remains a professional architectural photographer. Joey Korom is currently conducting research for his fifth book.