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9.4 x 7.4 cm
3.70 x 3 in


3000,00 €

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Ink on paper

About the Artist

1978 Iowa, United States

The Amer­ican artist John Kleckner, born in Iowa in 1978, has devoted 15 years to draw­ing. His name has become syn­ony­mous with paper-based technical per­fec­tion that is as graceful as it is inscrutable. An elegant interplay of dynamic lines, myr­iad dots and sub­tle shad­ing invades the carrier of mostly mod­est size. Frequently exe­cuted in simple ink or graphite, occa­sion­ally in gen­tle water­color, Kleckner’s graphic ciphers are woven into intrigu­ing com­po­si­tions, where the artist builds on a visual idiom once pop­u­lar with hippies, while decon­struct­ing it with enigmatic detail. Works by Kleckner, who once called him­self a “sceptical hippie”, often revolve around the human body, human rela­tion­ships, and the finite nature of both.

For his lat­est se­ries, begun in 2015, Kleckner has put aside the ink pens and returned for the first time since gra­dua­ting in 2002 to brush and palette. Dis­till­ing from more than a hundred works of paper collage that he has been making since 2012, Kleckner has produced a dozen or more large-format paint­ings in surpris­ingly robust color. At first sight, the technical, formal and chromatic aspects of this se­ries seem unre­lated to Kleckner’s pre­vi­ous œuvre, but the reverse is true: with these lat­est works, Kleckner has taken his technique of stylis­tic con­trast and dis­jointed motif a stage fur­ther, making the principle of collage that has accompa­nied his out­put since col­lege a theme of his paint­ing. More­over, here Kleckner combines earlier and later inspi­ra­tions for his art. The result is a transat­lantic bridge: influ­ences from the art history and pop cul­ture of his native United States merge with oth­ers from Berlin, his cho­sen home, to cre­ate an inde­pen­dent repertoire of form and color.

Kleckner’s works have achieved interna­tional acclaim: they can be found in New York’s Museum of Mod­ern Art, the Mietti­nen Col­lec­tion in Helsinki and Berlin, the Mag­a­sin III Museum & Foun­da­tion for Con­tem­po­rary Art in Stockholm, the DESTE Foun­da­tion for Con­tem­po­rary Art in Athens and the Saatchi Gallery in London.

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Milan, MI

The Giuseppe Iannaccone Collection is a private important art collection based in Milan. On Kooness you can find a selection of works that are available for sale to realize, develop and support "IN PRATICA" projects dedicated to young emerging artists. Giuseppe Iannaccone has been stoutly supported in this mission for over seventeen years by Rischa Paterl...

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