Paper Works

Jazz improv, dance, pushing dark and light against each other with softness of paper and the hardness of metallic powder pigments, taking what is flat and regular and normal and giving it that bebop twist, that flipflop from squaresville into the next unknown, with a beat.
To create my woven paper constructions the primary choice is paper, flat, common, ubiquitous. Paper as a surface for ink, paint, pencil and bare expositions of paper itself, a celebration of the richness of this simple material. This suite of work is personal and intimate, pulling the viewer into the artwork to explore and imagine. A line can be drawn, stenciled, a mark or a reveal, an edge, an embossed trace, a cut. Visual cues suggest depth and space. We see the surface, we see into it, and we see through the artwork scanning, focusing, interpreting, analyzing, and assigning meaning. Lines are horizons, distances and shapes, patterns form figures and faces. We see real illusions and real shadows, the paper folds and space is made, the cuts and creases become edges and definitions. We see the ins and outs of the surfaces, reflecting light, muted light and dark. Visual figure and ground mesh and merge and flip. This suite provides visual mosaics of tactile sensual information, a cool medium, with room for us to engage, like poetry or jazz.
I am referencing a Fabric arts, fiber working, embroidery and textural and surface decoration, but paper removes preciousness. Influences are prints with fine lines and textures, the depth of darkness and the drama of light of ink etchings. And being contrary, they also refer to Japanese block prints, painted scrolls and screens with shallow space, deep space, flat colors, subtle color and flattening gold. Here the page geometry is laid out to control viewpoint and visual direction. Another touch point, the art of the decorative paintings of color fields, color on color. In this suite of works I am exploring the surfaces of materials and the significance of darkness, shallow space and suggestions of deep space, star tracks, comet trails, the patterns of waves disappearing on the shore, snowfall clouds and fields.
Based on book and paper arts, this is an alternate from matted and framed work on paper, I am treating the art as a folding screen that can be displayed three dimensionally and folded flat for storage. Inspired by Japanese Byōbu folding screens, which are made from joined panels, with decorative painting and calligraphy, and the tearoom kakejiku, hanging scroll. An essential aspect of the kakejiku is that it is not intended to be hung permanently; making it versatile in its placement. This means that it can be changed at frequent intervals. My intention is that the viewer participates with the artwork, displaying it with season and occasion, choosing the piece for special display.
The graphic elements I am working with create a dialogue between geometry and free abstraction, with multiple perspectives, overlapping grids and visual dynamics. I am interested in the history of mark making, the drag of media on paper, and the way the brain perceives and interprets flat form into tactile space.

J Patryjak Folded Piece: RedBlack (19.5" x 15.5") (shown at Kayrod Summer 2017, Detroit) $450
J Patryjak Paper Piece 4 (20.77" x 22.5") (selected as finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series exhibitions, Detroit) $1000 (with museum framing)
J Patryjak Standing Book: 2 Panel (30.25" x 20.5") Space $600
JPatryjak Standing Book: 2 Panel (28" w x 19.5" w) Ripples $600
J Patryjak Standing Book: 4 Panel (29" x 20.5") Grid (shown at the LSG Invitational 2018, Ferndale, Kayrod Summer 2017, Detroit, and U of I Downtown Gallery, Kokomo) $600
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Copper Gold 1 (21" w x 30.5" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $450
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Copper Gold 2 (20" w x 28" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids, 104th Annual Scarab Club Gold Medal exhibition, Detroit) $450
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Whites (31" w x 20" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $450
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Black Mat (20" w x 24" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $300
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Black White 2 (19.5" w x 28" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $400
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Black White 3 (17" w x 22" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $300
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Black White Shift (31" w x 21.5" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $300
J Patryjak Woden Drawing: Brown Silver (30.5" w x 23" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $300
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Lace 1 (22" w x 31" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $300
Jerome Patryjak Woven Drawing: Beaconsfield 2 (22" w x 24" h) $300
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Black Gold 1 (30" w x 22.5" h) $300
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Black Orange 2 (30" w x 22.5" h) $300
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Swirl (26" w x 34.5" h) (shown at ArtPrize10, Grand Rapids, and at the 105th Annual Scarab Club Gold Medal exhibition, Detroit) $1200 (with museum framing)
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Blue Black (22.5" w x 28" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $600
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Waves 4 (30" w x 21" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $300
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Waves 3 (19" w x 24.5"h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids) $300
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Waves 2 (29.5" w x 21.75" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids, Kayrod Sight Fest 2017, Detroit) $300
J Patryjak Woven Drawing: Waves 1 (28" w x 28" h) (shown at ArtPrize9, Grand Rapids, Anton Art Center, Mt Clemens) $400
J Patryjak Standing Book: 4 Panel Cubes (front) (30.25" w x 20.5" h) $600
J Patryjak Standing Book: 4 Panel Cubes (back)

Portfolio Tags

Constructed, drawing, Folding, Inks, Paper, Woven