Clint Jukkala is venturing away from the rectangular frames and window-like forms that he has been making for the past few years. In his new paintings on view at BravinLee Programs, Jukkala incorporates a goofy figurative element that I first saw in his work at Volta last year, fusing architecture, landscape, portraiture, and still life into one alien but still anthropomorphic form.
and jauntily painted in bright colors, the cheery head-objects recall Facebook
profile images or Twitter avatars, as
if to suggest, in this age of online living, that while curious souls in an expanding virtual world may appear in
benign, even friendly, forms, make no mistake: Looking is a two-way proposition. If we are watching, we also are being watched–and controlled.
“Clint Jukkala: Cosmic Trigger,” BravinLee Programs, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through June 7, 2014
Fall preview for painters (2011)
The square line: Jukkala and Rosenthal in Philadelphia (2010)
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