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Color in Bloom at Leslie Sacks

Exhibition Dates:  
September 7 – November 2, 2019


Reception for the Artist: 
Saturday, September 7th, 5-7pm

Leslie Sacks Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by acclaimed sculptor, Jon Krawczyk and his recent brilliantly colored, This is Krawczyk’s first exhibition since the devastating Woosley Fire in California destroyed his Malibu residence and studio in November 2018. The exhibition will present a range of work including large-scale, gem-like sculptures at 5-8 feet and smaller to mid-scale works.

The tragedy of the Woolsey Fire coupled with a recent commission compelled a shift in Jon Krawczyk’s aesthetic into geometric compositions swathed with electrifying pops of color. This fresh perspective coalesced with his keen eye for form and balance to yield a dynamic new body of work. Undeniably, it is the arresting color in these works, which immediately impresses upon first sight. In the aftermath of the fire within the canyon he lived and worked, Krawczyk and his family spread 250lbs of wildflower seeds across the scorched land. In the spring of 2019 when the wildflowers began to bloom, their vibrant color and natural beauty blanketed the once barren, colorless landscape now giving birth to a renewed sense of optimism that the once thriving canyon would come back to life. It was a truly powerful and transformative process for Krawczyk and his family and neighbors.

The synergy of Krawczyk’s gleaming silver surfaces, infused with an eye-popping neon palette produces quite the impact. He credits Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (better known as The Bean) in Chicago as a great influence and the origin of his incorporation of polished metal into his work. He’s drawn in by the environmental engagement of the reflections, as well as the public accessibility and playfulness it engenders. The ultra-polished planes of Krawczyk’s work brilliantly add exponential dimension both aesthetically and conceptually within the environments they reside. They possess an infinite spectrum of perception and interaction. The work is purely abstract with an emotional undercurrent. Krawczyk is interested in the inescapable conversation between viewer, sculpture and environs. The intersection of levity and design, consequence and form are central to his work. Color in Bloom is imbued with these ideas along with a sentiment of growth through adversity and embracing uncertain yet profound opportunities inspired by change.

Leslie Sacks Gallery is located in Santa Monica at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite B6. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 11-6. For more information visit lesliesacks.com, email [email protected] or call 310 264 0640.

VIDEO: Jon Krawczyk’s solo show SMOKE, MIRRORS AND PLANES

Watch EMS ARTS new film on Jon Krawczyk’s solo show SMOKE, MIRRORS AND PLANES at GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY

Evocative and ethereal, sculptor Jon Krawczyk’s artwork engages its viewer and its environment in ways that most artwork is incapable of. Working mostly with steel, Krawczyk manipulates the metal to a high finish, and is able to bend and move it into unique abstract forms that can attract and reflect like a mirror. His work finds a particularly beautiful balance between the object and the audience. His shining monuments live on their own, but also interact with their surroundings—reflecting, blending, altering, even heating and cooling—they are not stagnant in any environment, and when engaged with viewers, appearances can be transformed and deconstructed.

Krawczyk, a highly sought after sculptor has been showing his fine art works all over the world since the early nineties. Krawczyk’s work pushes and pulls between the organic and the constructed. The current work on exhibit in “Smoke Mirrors and Planes” include three major categorical bodies of work.

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SMOKE MIRRORS & PLANES, Jon Krawczyk, May 21, 2016 at Garboushian Gallery

JON KRAWCZYK
SMOKE MIRRORS & PLANES
 
GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY
 
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016, 6 – 8 pm
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Garboushian Gallery is pleased to present its inaugural solo gallery exhibition of sculptor Jon Krawczyk with SMOKE MIRRORS & PLANES.
Evocative and ethereal, sculptor Jon Krawczyk’s artwork engages its viewer and its environment in ways that most artwork is incapable of. Working mostly with steel, Krawczyk manipulates the metal to a high finish, and is able to bend and move it into unique abstract forms that can attract and reflect like a mirror. His work finds a particularly beautiful balance between the object and the audience. His shining monuments live on their own, but also interact with their surroundings-reflecting, blending, altering, even heating and cooling-they are not stagnant in any environment, and when engaged with viewers, appearances can be transformed and deconstructed.
Krawczyk, a highly sought after sculptor has been showing his fine art works all over the world since the early nineties. Krawczyk’s work pushes and pulls between the organic and the constructed. The current work on exhibit in “Smoke Mirrors and Planes” include three major categorical bodies of work.

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NJ.com: Martin Brodeur statue unveiled: Devils great gets emotional seeing himself in bronze

The New Jersey Devils unveiled the long awaited statue of Martin Brodeur, called “The Salute,” during an event for 3000 fans at the Prudential Center, on the eve of the retiring of his number 30. Newark, NJ 2/8/16 (Saed Hindash | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

By Randy Miller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
February 08, 2016 at 8:45 PM, updated February 09, 2016 at 1:23 AM

The way Martin Brodeur sees it, his official coronation into Devils immortality is bigger than a celebration of an unmatched goaltending resume … more wins than anyone plus three Stanley Cups.

To Brodeur, Monday night at Prudential Center was about giving back to fans and reminiscing with teammates, not just looking up in amazement at seeing himself in bronze for the first time in a larger-than-life unveiling of his new statue at center ice.

Brodeur knows Tuesday night will be same when he returns for a bigger achievement, the raising of his No. 30 to the rafters.

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The Wall Street Journal: The Art of Immortalizing Martin Brodeur

Creating a 1,000-pound statue of the Devils legend was hard enough. But driving it 3,000 miles from Malibu to Newark was the real chore.

The Martin Brodeur statue was unveiled Monday at Prudential Center. PHOTO: BRIAN FISHER/NJ DEVILS

By Alex Raskin
Updated February 8, 2016 9:40 p.m. ET

If New Jersey had its own Mount Rushmore of sports, it would already be adorned with the likeness of former Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.

But since the Garden State’s rolling hills and meadowlands didn’t offer a proper canvas for the three-time Stanley Cup winner, four-time Vezina Trophy recipient, and future Hall of Famer, professional sculptor and lifelong Devils fan Jon Krawczyk was asked to move a mountain—or in this case, a 1,000-pound statue—from his Malibu, Calif., studio to his home state of New Jersey.

“I drove it on my tractor trailer,” Krawczyk said of the 11-foot bronze tall statue, which was unveiled on Monday evening at Prudential Center. “I left California Tuesday morning around 6 a.m. and got here Friday morning at 4:30 a.m.”

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NHL.com: Creating Brodeur statue dream come true for Devils fan

Marty sculpture to be unveiled Monday at Prudential Center

By Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealenhl / NHL.com Staff Writer
February 3rd, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. — There may not be a better assignment for a lifelong New Jersey Devils fan than sitting down with Martin Brodeur to discuss how he’ll be remembered outside Prudential Center.

That was the job given to New Jersey native and acclaimed abstract steel and bronze sculptor Jon Krawczyk when the Devils commissioned his services to build “The Salute,” a larger-than-life Brodeur statue to be unveiled in Newark on Monday.

The tribute is part of a weekend celebration of Brodeur that will culminate with his jersey retirement ceremony Tuesday.

Krawczyk, who draws inspiration from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore and David Smith, is no stranger to the Devils. He built the three-story stainless steel skater called “The Iron Man” that has stood outside Prudential Center since 2009.

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Sportsnet.ca: Meet the sculptor responsible for immortalizing Brodeur

By Shannon Proudfoot
January 8, 2016, 10:47 AM

When he was growing up in Boonton Township, N.J., Jon Krawczyk and one of his friends would spend hours scheming about how they might one day buy the New Jersey Devils.

Through high school, Krawczyk rarely missed a game in the mid-1980s at Brendan Byrne Arena, thanks to his dad’s season tickets. After he left for college and eventually settled in California to work as an artist, he would go to games whenever he came home, and he tuned in for all the rest from across the continent—first on the radio, then online and finally with the Center Ice package.

All of which is to say that as Devils fans go, Krawczyk is the real deal. And there he was last August, standing on the doorstep of Martin Brodeur’s house in St. Louis, waiting to knock.

“I’m usually not nervous in these situations, but with Marty I was a little nervous to go out and meet him at his house, you know?” Krawczyk says. “He doesn’t know who the hell I am.”

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The New York Times: Fan’s Statue Will Honor Martin Brodeur, Foundation of Devils’ Glory Years

Emily Berl for The New York Times

Jon Krawczyk, a New Jersey native, at his Malibu, Calif., home. Krawczyk is completing a statue of the longtime goaltender Martin Brodeur to be installed at Prudential Center in Newark. Credit Emily Berl for The New York Times

By Dave Caldwell
January 6, 2016

If all goes according to plan, Jon Krawczyk will load a slightly larger-than-life bronze statue of a hockey player onto his truck in early February, cover it tightly, and haul it more than 2,800 miles from his home in Malibu, Calif., to Newark.

“I don’t want to put this in anybody else’s hands,” said Krawczyk, who is sculpting the work.

The statue is of Martin Brodeur, the goaltender who won three Stanley Cups and an N.H.L.-record 691 games — a record 125 by shutout — before announcing his retirement last January. All three Cups and all but three victories and one shutout came in 21 seasons with the Devils.

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Short Film featuring Jon Krawczyk

In 2007 Jon sat down with a local filmmaker to discuss his art practice and share an inside glimpse of his busy studio in Malibu, CA.