Karl Klingbiel | Palimpsest

22 December 2018 - 15 February 2019

San Francisco, CA - Maybaum Gallery is pleased to present Palimpsest, a solo exhibition by contemporary New York based artist Karl Klingbiel. In his premier solo show at Maybaum Gallery, Klingbiel presents his most dynamic series to date. The show includes 7 paintings and 3 multi-panel wall sculptures that reveal the process behind each work. Using a router to carve into his wood panels, Klingbiel unveils the mystery of his wall paintings. A combination of woodcarving, mono-printing, collage and oil paint applied with squeegee, traditional brushes and airbrush. 


PALIMPSEST - "The paintings are in essence structures, akin to the structures that comprise the physical, historical, and psychic structures that make up our daily lives, but which we cannot see in the aggregate; we see fragments of them, as they float to the perceivable surface of daily experience and our ongoing frames of reference. These structures change and evolve, doubling up on each other, changing and replacing each other. They are in essence palimpsests, things written and then written over again, continuously, until what we are left with are the thin tracings of points on a map we cannot fully know. As paintings these structures become more or less meditative objects that serve as markers to our perceptions of the phenomenal—both concrete and virtual—world that surrounds us." - Karl Klingbiel 


Selected Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, NYC • New York Public Library Artists’ Books Collection • Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Niagara NY • Staadtsgalerie, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic • Trumbull College, Yale University • Cranbrrok School, Bloomfield Hills, MI • Agnes Gund Collection • The Winter Group • Various private collections

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