Kevin Appel

Kevin AppelArtist’s Statement

My work addresses the relationship between physical space, architecture and the painted image. Currently, I am employing photographic material as a ground on which to build paintings. The nature photographs act as a location, a point of identification or projection. The physical paint acts as a screen over the photographs compressing the space and bringing two methods of viewing together on the surface as a means to explore new territories of representation and reception in my work. Looking through one element to another and back has become a consistent visual space in the work.

I am interested in the sense of loss the photographs instill as a moment past alongside the immediacy of the abstracted architectural proposal.  It is a relationship between what is actual and what is imagined. The use of nature photographs softened by the act of blowing them up from off-set lithography proposes an already mediated relation to that which is deemed more authentic than the non-objective image. I am interested in the tension, the tenuous moment between these modes and the incongruities they produce.



Select Solo Exhibitions from 2008-2011

ACME, Los Angeles

The Suburban, Chicago
Two Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand

Select Group Exhibitions from 2008-2011

LANY, Peter Blum Gallery, New York
Beta Space: Kevin Appel and Ruben Ochoa, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, Calif.

Small Paintings, Two Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand
Goldmine, Contemporary Works from the Collection of Sirje and Michael Gold, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach


M.F.A., 1995
University of California, Los Angeles

B.F.A., 1990
Parsons School of Design