Like the bulk of Joe Kievitt’s artwork, the colorful print included in the 20×200 + west elm collection is heavily influenced by geometry and order but has a unique imperfection found in handmade work. The Portland, Maine based artist has a keen eye for pattern and kaleidoscopic color.
Upstairs by Joe Kievitt. Frame: 16″ x 20″; mat opening 8″ x 8″.
ARTIST Q&A: Joe Kievitt
Tell us about your work:
My work explores abstract geometric patterning, which I investigate through ink and acrylic drawings on paper. My approach stems from a long tradition of chance aesthetics (or chance procedures) employed by artists such as Hans Arp, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, James Siena and Bernard Frize. Although the process involves systematic methodologies, my drawings are very different from a digital or vector image. The innate imperfections of the human hand are evident when viewed closely.
How do you live with art?
My studio is attached to my apartment, and drawings often make it into my living space for a time after they’re finished. My girlfriend is a photographer, and we both have a modest collection of photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures in our home.
What is a favorite gallery or museum that you particularly love or that inspires your work?
One of my favorite museums is the UCLA Hammer Museum.
Tell us about what it’s like to work with 20×200 as an artist.
Working with 20×200 has exposed many people to my work. Since my drawings were posted on 20×200, I’ve seen a significant increase in interest.
For more about Joe, visit 20×200.
Image: portrait courtesy of Elizabeth Atterbury.