There are artists who seem overrated and there are artists whom you wish you had discovered earlier. Some you would hope had been shown to you earlier. Our artist to watch for today is taken from our „Kreativität“-Issue Selection: Jordan Kasey.
Gazing at the large scale paintings of Jordan Kasey, you may find yourself as a voyeur of a secretive encounter with humans in intimate moments. The vast, colorful oil paintings of the Brooklyn-based artist often depict the human body with detailed close-ups, as if the painting were cropped out of a larger image. It takes a moment to understand what is going on, to uncover the details, so her work begins to make sense and completely draw you into her mesmerizing world. Kasey’s paintings have a striking use of oil layering that create atmospheric and hypnotizing illusions of light and shadow. Sometimes her motifs become abstract and surreal, almost like a film noir setting mixed with a Giorgio de Chirico setting, a contemporary comment on de Chirico’s famous pittura metafisica from the early 1900s. Her characters in the paintings morph from a depiction of a human to a depiction of a human sculpture. Kasey masterfully depicts materiality from stone, to metal, to textile, it all becomes real in a transcendent way through her style of painting. Going way back, the Chicago-raised artist was painting rocks, rock formations and landscapes as a metaphor for a person, an abstract way of portraiture. Today her paintings are filled with humans and body parts; nevertheless, they are not anatomically correct. She notes that her blocky figures are about how they make you feel, not about who they are.