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Our Current Exhibition:


LIMNED: Found and Invented Words


Exhibition Dates:  January 9 – February 14, 2015

 Artist’s Reception:  January 9, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.


Pencil, colored pencil and crayon shavings in jars of individual word drawings

LIMNED: Found and Invented Words

The work of Keith Kostecki demonstrates a passionate intrigue for weird nonsense words; words the artist has been exploring for many years. In the past, he included them as small elements of complex, abstract drawings, but more recently he has focused on them as primary subject material. What Kostecki has found so compelling about these words is their inscrutability, suggesting a myriad of mysterious possibilities. Historically, they could have possibly represented anything from insidious corporation identities to absurd brand names, obscure European villages, intangible concepts beyond language or just pure nonsense. Recently, the artist’s passion of word scrutiny has evolved, taking him in a totally different direction into the realm of abstraction. From that time since, Kostecki now invents his own words, keeping exhaustive lists of them complete with definitions which are either whimsical or sinister, or otherwise interesting to him.  


In this, the artist’s recent pursuit of word invention, words are rendered with a rigorous, graphic meticulousness that results in a finished product which could, at first glance, appear to be the work of a computer. Upon closer examination they reveal the subtle inconsistencies and irregularities of hand­made images. In a world of ubiquitous machine printed text, they represent a form of anti­printing.  Drawn in uniquely stylistic form, the artist regularly invents visual ideas, compiling lists of them as well. The end product, a process result when executing a new drawing, is compelling.  Consciously avoiding making public the meaning of his invented words, his complicated process blends mathematics, color studies and drafting techniques in rendering the letters and background as well.  Uniquely, these interests and methods have resulted in a body of work with aspects that reference Ed Ruscha, Op Art, graphic design, sign painting, graffiti and Dada, with inklings of Karl Wirsum, Jim Nutt, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, and Frank Stella as well. The painting process brilliantly employed by Kostecki in  LIMNED: Found and Invented Words demonstrates not only an evolving genius but opens up new territorial potential for continued exploration and invention of new words/ new forms of abstraction as well.

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We invite you to join us for this art fair! 

The Outsider Art Fair

548 W 22nd, NYC

January 29 – February 1, 2015


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