Tree Drawing #6
Cotton and silk velvet, aluminum screen, and mixed medium
102 x 54 1/2"

In The Night
Wood and mixed medium
61 H x 72 W x 36" D

Wood, tar, aluminum mesh, and mixed media
90"H x 60"w x 38"D

Wood, tar, aluminum mesh, and mixed media
30 H x 33 W x 113" L

Cynthia Karasek

Cynthia Karasek received a BFA from Cornell University before moving to New York City to participate in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. As a Whitney fellow, Karasek was introduced to the most forward thinking artists of the time and saw her work hanging in the Whitney Museum of American Art when she was only 21 years old.

Karasek made New York City her home, exhibiting paintings in the first galleries in the East Village. She earned a MA in Fine Arts from Hunter College where she met Mark Tansey, Peter Haley, Bob McBride, Karen Eubel, Gail Swithenback, Susan Bee and many other artists and writers who supported each other and shared ideas. From this extended group Karasek and Eubel formed a small group of artists and founded PS122 ( Painting Space 122) in the East Village in 1978. As founders and first directors, Karasek and Eubel, guided this fledgling arts organization into a major force in the alternative art scene in New York. By 1980, the organization included a studio program, an alternative gallery, and a performance/dance space which became Performance Space 122. Now well established as a model for artist run organizations, Karasek continues to work on the growth and development of this interesting program.

Karasek has exhibited in one person and group exhibitions in New York, Europe, Canada, and cities through out the United States. Since 1987 she has focussed on making sculpture which has been exhibited in local, national, and international sculpture festivals as well as galleries, museums and permanent collections. Karasek's sculpture has been represented by the PMW gallery from the beginning. In 1988 PMW presented two early pieces, "Yankee Spire" and "Dry Dock" in the sculpture garden adjoining the gallery. "Dry Dock" is now permanently installed in the sculpture garden.

Recent sculptures are fabricated from parts of trees, tar, metal screen, and galvanized objects, and are intended for indoor exhibition. Karasek writes: "I have been working with branches and parts of trees because of their complex curves and animated shapes. I combine them with galvanized objects and metal screen to make intricate and dynamic volumes. The meaning of the work derives form the careful considerations of contradictory references and forms to find relationships that are familiar or humorous and beautiful."

Karasek also produces drawings and watercolors of various sizes. The largest drawings are wall hangings combining aluminum screen, paint and heavy upholstery velvet. Up to 10 feet in height, they function as abstract drawings and schematics for fanciful sculptures that can only exist in the imagination of the viewer.

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