Kristin Calabrese

Kristin CalabreseArtist’s Statement

My realistic oil paintings tell the truth when I can’t. They elucidate conflicts between how I think things should be vs. how things seem to be. The light in the paintings is bright and even. My brush strokes are un-expressionistic. The objects and spaces depicted are life size, so the paintings mix with actual physical space.

My paintings explore big issues like the meaning of life, family relationships, social injustice, and the need for safety. Illusionistic rendering is often in opposition to other formal painting considerations such as flatness, composition, real vs. fake, and shapes. Because of this, my paintings have more than one meaning. One painting still in progress emphasizes the horizon line as a barrier over which shapes parallel to the picture plane cannot cross – making a horizon line into a dead line. In another, the X composition of a road going back in space in one-point perspective is also used as crosshairs. I cross the circuits of differently received sensation (the sound of a red line, the feeling of leaves falling hidden in the shape of a composition) to enable looking from an unfamiliar vantage point with the aim of bypassing assumptions.



Solo Exhibitions

Delight of Recognition, Brennan & Griffin Gallery, New York, NY

The Witness, The Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI

Back of My Face, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Hold Your Breath, Brennan & Griffin Gallery, New York, NY

Select Group Exhibitions

Wall Painting Exhibition, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA

About Face, curated by Daniel Weinberg, ACME, Los Angeles, CA

Honeymoon, two person show with Joshua Aster, curated by Micol Hebron, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
“Kristin Calabrese, Meg Cranston, and Monique van Genderen”, Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway

Select Community-based Projects:

Finds! The Unusual Object, co-curated exhibition with Joshua Aster, FOCA Gallery- Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Unfinished Paintings, co-curated exhibition with Joshua Aster, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

LACE Auction 2010, guest curator, Los Angeles, CA

Orphans and Kitties Go to the Circus, LACE event at Circus of Books, Los Angeles, CA

Honors and Awards

Nominee for the 2013 FOCA Fellowship Award

FOCA Curators’ Lab award, Los Angles, CA

Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Il


MFA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, CA

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME

New York Studio Program, New York City, NY