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SILVERMAN AND MAJESTIC THEATRE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION present
Kati Vilim: Radius of Action

Opening Reception: July 8, 2015, 6–8 p.m.

The Majestic Theatre Condominiums
222 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
201.435.8000

Exhibition on view in the lobby from July 8, 2015 — October 31, 2015

Kati Vilim, 36 squares, 2011, oil, canvas on wood, 48 x 48 inches

Kati Vilim, 36 squares, 2011, oil, canvas on wood, 48 x 48 inches

“I am fascinated by the discoveries available through the physicality of paint, color and a simple shape as the square and how these sensory experiences can opening up our awareness and elevate us.” — Kati Vilim

SILVERMAN AND THE MAJESTIC THEATRE CONDOMINIUMS ASSOCIATION present “Kati Vilim: Radius of Action,” curated by Brendan Carroll. This exhibition features seven hard-edge color paintings that were made between 2007 and 2012. Each painting is oil on canvas mounted on wood panel.

Vilim’s straight-faced paintings assert themselves like a prizefighter’s stiff jab. They open up space. She is a master colorist and composer of simple flat shapes, which often have more than three straight lines. In her compositions, both regular and irregular forms jostle, intersect, and overlap to create a dynamic sense of depth, space, and movement. That said, the primacy of the picture plane is never broken. Flatness is key. Surfaces unruffled.

Kati Vilim, 3d2d, 2011, oil, canvas on wood, 48 x 48 inches

Kati Vilim, 3d2d, 2011, oil, canvas on wood, 48 x 48 inches

Color perception — which involves psychology, physiology, biology, chemistry and physics — is one of the central concerns in Vilim’s work. Due to its complexity, she uses a back-to-basics approach to color, which is formal and playful. Most of her work feature a specific set of colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, red, green, and blue. They appear in unspoiled fields — pure, unrepentant, bold. Often, she pits opposing colors next to each other in confined settings, which seemingly advance and recede in perpetual motion. The results are electrifying. What unifies her work is their strong sense of color, clean lines, impersonal execution, and hard edges.

Preliminary drawings provide the foundation for each painting. In this stage, improvisation is not only welcome, but it is also encouraged. For Vilim, works on paper give her the freedom to try multiple ideas. “After testing a few different directions, the final design usually develops itself,” Vilim notes. “I define all the details, and based on that drawing, I start to work on the painting.”

Kati Vilim, Crossing Beyond 2011, oil, canvas on wood, 48 x 70 inches

Kati Vilim, Crossing Beyond, 2011, oil, canvas on wood, 48 x 70 inches

Here are Vilim’s reasons why she prefers abstraction:

“I became interested in abstraction just as I started to paint. It is hard to answer why I started to work with structure and abstract shapes instead of figures or narratives. When I thought about it later, it did become clear that abstraction is important not only for me but for every human. It is part of our everyday life, although we might be not aware of that.”

What I find so intriguing about Vilim’s abstract paintings is how they require, and reward, sustained attention. I imagine some people may find them easy to dismiss, but they’d be foolish to do so.

Kati Vilim is an internationally recognized abstract artist. She investigates the visual language as an abstract system, creating new content based on algorithms, color theory and rhythmic patterns. Her media ranges from oil painting, printmaking and drawing, to electric light installation and digital animation. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and museums, including The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, NJCU, Jersey City, NJ; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE; Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ; Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ; Gallery of Modern Art, Veszprem, Hungary, and Panepinto Galleries, Jersey City, NJ, to name a few. The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and Jersey City Independent have reviewed her work. Vilim received her MFA from both, University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary and Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. Vilim was born in Budapest, Hungary. She lives and works in Jersey City, NJ.

The exhibition will be on view at Majestic Theatre Condominium Association through October 31, 2015. For further information, please visit us at SILVERMAN or call number (201) 435-8000.

“Kati Vilim: Radius of Action” is the twenty-sixth exhibition that Brendan Carroll will organize for SILVERMAN. For additional information on the artist, go here: Kati Vilim.

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DIGITAL-INVITE

Out of Step
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 8, from 5 – 8 p.m., with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m.

Featured Artists: Sharon L. Butler, Mark Dagley, Enrico Gomez, Tom McGlynn, Gary Petersen, Kati Vilim, and Sara Wolfe. Curated by Brendan Carroll. 

Given the new media of today—Internet art, generative software, digital projection mapping—why do artists continue to paint? And why do they continue to explore abstraction?

Out of Step is an informal survey of current practices in abstract painting. The artists may vary in style, subject matter, temperament, and conceptual framework, but they are unified by their no-nonsense approach to painting. Most of the work on view presents simple geometric shapes that are executed in broad expanses of pure color. From cerebral to laid-back, the artists explore line, value, color, and texture in their compositions. Despite the works’ superficial differences, each piece, however minimal, reveals the touch of the artist’s hand. For the artists in the show, paint is a means to an end, not the end. Abstraction, likewise, is not a cul-de-sac, but a living, breathing means of visual communication.

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery
Hepburn Hall 323, Third Floor
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, from 11am to 5pm, and by appointment.
Tel: 201-200-3246

For directions please visit NJCU website
www.njcu.edu
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I am happy to announce the opening reception of Mark Dagley: Recent Paintings and Kati Vilim: Extempore Refrain at Hamilton Square Friday, September 6, 2013, from 7—9 p.m. Hamilton Square is located at 232 Pavonia Avenue in downtown Jersey City, NJ. I hope you can join us.

Dagley’s exhibition features a selection of works on canvas completed over the past four years. From a monochromatic grid to a taut horizontal chain, Dagley relies on systemic variations of simple geometric motifs to create hardnosed paintings that push the boundaries of abstract art.

Mark Dagley, Bronze Orange Polygon Chain, 2011, acrylic and pencil canvas, 45 x 148 inches. Courtesy of Matthew Deleget.

Mark Dagley, Bronze Orange Polygon Chain, 2011, acrylic and pencil canvas, 45 x 148 inches. Courtesy of Matthew Deleget.

Kati Vilim’s Extempore Refrain is an abstract digital projection that transforms the façade of ArtBloc into an audiovisual multisensory experience. Like her hard-edged geometric paintings, Vilim’s digital projection uses algorithms to explore color, form, and repetition. In many ways, this work is a time-based painting.

A rendering of Kati Vilim's Extempore Refrain. Courtesy of the artist.

A rendering of Kati Vilim’s Extempore Refrain. Courtesy of the artist.

Mark Dagley: Recent Paintings and Kati Vilim: Extempore Refrain is a presentation of SILVERMAN and Hamilton Square Condominium Association. This program, curated by Brendan Carroll, is presented in partnership with ArtBloc. This event is part of JC Fridays.

For additional information on the artists, go here Mark Dagley and here Kati Vilim.

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A rendering of Kati Vilim's Extempore Refrain. Courtesy of the artist.

A rendering of Kati Vilim’s Extempore Refrain. Courtesy of the artist.

SILVERMAN and HAMILTON SQUARE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION present
Kati Vilim: Extempore Refrain

Exhibition on view September 6, 2013—ongoing

Curated by Brendan Carroll brendanscottcarroll.com

Kati Vilim’s Extempore Refrain is an abstract digital projection that transforms the façade of ArtBloc into an audiovisual multisensory experience. Like her hard-edged geometric paintings, Vilim’s digital projection uses algorithms to explore color, form, and repetition. In many ways, this work is a time-based painting. To create Extempore Refrain, she used Processing 2.0, an open source computer programming language that can be likened to an artist’s sketchbook.

“There is an interesting relation between animation and painting, and working with both helps me to understand better the essence of images,” notes the artist.

Extempore Refrain will launch Friday, September 6, 2013, at 7 p.m., and play nightly. Extempore Refrain is a celebration of motion, light, color, and form. 

Extempore Refrain, 2013, digital animation (color and sound), 15-minute continuous loop.

About the artist:

Kati Vilim is an internationally recognized abstract artist. She investigates the visual language as an abstract system, creating new content based on algorithms, color theory and rhythmic patterns. Her media ranges from oil painting, printmaking and drawing, to electric light installation and digital animation. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and museums, including Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE; Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ;  Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ; Gallery of Modern Art, Veszprem, Hungary, and Panepinto Galleries, Jersey City, NJ, to name a few. The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and Jersey City Independent have reviewed her work. Vilim received her MFA from both, University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary and Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.Vilim was born in  Budapest, Hungary. She lives and works in Newark, NJ.

For more information, please go here: kativilim.com


Partners:
SILVERMAN is a New Jersey real estate developer, creatively rebuilding urban areas, supporting the arts, while building neighborhoods.

ArtBloc is a mobile art gallery and performance space built from two repurposed shipping containers – it is a dynamic community venue for art, music, dance and theater.

Brendan Carroll is an artist, writer and curator. He organizes a rotating exhibition program of prominent and up-and-coming artists for SILVERMAN.

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