Addison Karl




My artistic pilgrimage has evolved over a decade and a half of the process related to prepress print & color theory. A cyclical evolution from blank slate to paper, canvas, sculpture to installation & integration into public space. With my work, I attempt to expand the viewer’s understanding of the context, structures & surfaces they inhabit adding life with my work & aiming towards a meticulous harmony & balance between that & the pre-existing environment.


My process explores two main domains combining humanitarian figurative & aesthetic subject matter. Projects in internationally working with different cultures have allowed me to explore the social construct of individual versus community. These ideas raise issues I feel are primordial to discuss in both contemporary and public arenas. Furthermore, through my artistic practice, I hope to reintroduce into shared visual space a sense of ownership. The fracture of my work echoes this as each tiny detail communicates the innate relationship between an individual and the larger composition of the community.


My focus on painting has been developed through my specialized experience in prepress print techniques. My years in printmaking helped develop a strong relationship within the process of technical color utilization and the mechanics of reproduction through analog printing. Color Theory applications through the eyes of the printmaking process to build and enrich value range in my compositions. Pulling together the concept of "trapping" layers of color beneath to aid in the depth of my work. And using the physical movements of printing to painting large bodies of color meanwhile building up natural texture and form.


The finely controlled hatch-­lines create simultaneously diminutive constructions that, when viewed together, unfold and evolve dependent on the physical position of the viewer. Color groups & concepts are explored using theories of parallelism, the bezold effect, impressionist and gestural mark-making.