Xavier Hufkens

Jacob Kassay

Untitled, 2012
Acrylic on shaped supports in white oak frame
Each canvas : 49,25 × 49,75 × 2,25 inches | 125 × 126,4 × 5,7 cm
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Jacob Kassay’s practice is concerned with experimental and conceptual method and making. Hovering between painting, sculpture and interactive installation, his work is conceived as a response to space. The arrangement of an exhibition and how his pieces interact with the surrounding architecture – and ultimately their audience – is key to understanding the essence of his work. Kassay’s paintings interrelate and form multiple dialogues: with each other, with the space around them and with the viewer. His silver paintings, for example, oscillate between absence and presence. Made using an electroplating technique that references early photography, they are like blurry mirrors that reflect the world around them. The movement of colours across their surface, and changes in the light, subtly and continuously alter the appearance of the works throughout the day. The language of materials is important to Kassay, who pays great attention to form, surface and physicality. Although lacking marks that could be conceived as gestural, a close inspection of his seemingly blank or monotone paintings reveals traces of their making – small incidental marks, or burnt edges, for example. Jacob Kassay’s practice also encompasses film and sculpture.

 

Jacob Kassay was born in Lewiston, New York, in 1984. He received his BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and lives and works in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include Untitled (disambiguation), The Kitchen, New York (2013); Jacob Kassay, Protocinema, Istanbul, Turkey (2013); No Goal, The Power Station, Dallas (2012) and the ICA, London (2011). The presentation of his work at the Collezione Maramotti in Italy in 2010 received great attention. He first exhibited at Xavier Hufkens in a group show in 2011. 


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IJK (pipe grid, Theatre), 2013
Drawing on paper
27 × 32 cm | 10 5/8 × 12 9/16 inches

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Untitled, 2015
Aluminum, wall paint
220,2 × 293,4 × 108 cm | 86 11/16 × 115 1/2 × 42 1/2 inches

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Untitled, 2015
Aluminum, wall paint
191,3 × 251,7 × 96,8 cm | 75 5/16 × 99 1/16 × 38 1/16 inches

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Pharmacon, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
215,9 × 215,9 × 2,5 cm | 85 × 85 × 1 inches

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Fallout Noun, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
204,5 × 94 × 2,5 cm | 80 1/2 × 37 × 1 inches

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Eject, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
95,2 × 167,6 × 2,5 cm | 37 1/2 × 66 × 1 inches

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Big Picture, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
142,9 × 196,8 × 2,5 cm | 56 1/4 × 77 7/16 × 15/16 inches

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Fugue State, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
226,1 × 48,3 × 2,5 cm | 89 × 19 × 1 inches

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Interface Remainder, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
101,6 × 170,2 × 2,5 cm | 40 × 67 × 1 inches

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Town Partner, 2014
Acrylic on canvas
204,5 × 94 × 2,5 cm | 80 1/2 × 37 × 1 inches

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Vanishing Twin, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
195,6 × 101,6 × 2,5 cm | 77 × 40 × 1 inches

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Decisions to Date, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
177,8 × 198,1 × 2,5 cm | 70 × 78 × 1 inches

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Exhibitions

2015

Jacob Kassay
HIJK

2012

Jacob Kassay

2011

Group exhibition
Everything You Can Imagine Is Real…