Reconstructed Space: New works by Jonas Criscoe & John Diebel


“Reconstructed Space: New works by Jonas Criscoe & John Diebel”

Exhibition runs: April 6 – 28, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2013, 7-10 PM

Reconstructed Space: New works by Jonas Criscoe & John Diebel
Reconstructed Space is an exhibition of new work from artists Jonas Criscoe and John Diebel opening in April at Rosalux Gallery. In this texture-laden show Mr. Criscoe, with his graffiti-laced assemblages and Mr. Diebel, through his intricately cut paper collage, examine built environments and the spaces they renegotiate through their interactions with nature and history. The exhibition opens April 6th and runs through the 28th with an opening reception with the artists Saturday, April 6th from 7-10 PM.

Artist Jonas Criscoe explores the way in which environments and landscapes are altered by our society, and nature’s ability to reclaim the spaces and the things that we abandon. A number of the works in his newest series were created using various found materials and imagery collected during way-finding walks and drives. They are, on the one hand, a conversation between old-time quilt making and modernist geometric abstraction while, on the other, a means of exploring the patina of wear and environmental exposure on materials and surfaces. Overlayed upon these surfaces are idioms of graffiti which reclaim lost or abandoned spaces with the voice of the individual, building up a patina that Mr. Criscoe calls “the aura of touch”.

Artist John Diebel’s work imagines alternate histories; worlds in which the idealism of such early 20th Century art movements as Suprematism, Constructuvism, and De Stijl have been implemented as the complete cultural revolutions that their manifestoes demanded. What happens to revolutionary zeal and the fervent desire to forge a New Humanity over the course of decades and in the face of seemingly immutable human nature? The specter of the Soviet Union’s doomed experiment in compromised ideals helps to inform Diebel’s dystopian visions. Here we find Imperial cities on the verge of decline, dominated by geometric edifices in primary colors, and over-flown by menacing architectonic drones. Worlds very different from those exhorted by artistic doctrine, but also not unlike our own world today.