“Ron Kosek’s latest series of paintings are contemplations on the still life. Having addressed both hard-edge abstraction and traditional still life rendering in earlier series, Kosek now employs abstraction as a way of dissembling and reconsidering the objects and interiors of his every day. Primary colours, multiple layers and transparent washes are set in a formal dialogue with collage and drawing to create compositions that are at once rational and illusory. Indeed, the layering allows the viewer to trace the discipline of Kosek’s approach and how the lines, tones and patterning of household objects inform his choices.
The resulting series of works on paper read like a calendar, a seemingly daily ritual of reflection and investigation. Individually, some pieces are hard fought battles in which the formal elements have come to a temporary truce. Others appear to have been resolved more quickly and occur to the viewer firstly as landscapes or cityscapes. Still others give a knowing nod to the modernist masters Mondrian and Diebenkorn, both of whom embarked on similar investigations of the still life.
Kosek’s task is not an easy one. Still life painting is, necessarily, a modest pursuit. If the resulting paintings, even if highly abstracted, are to be engaging to the viewer, they must be as much about the objects rendered as the intellect considering them. This requires the artist to be honest and unselfconscious from the outset. Kosek has managed this very well.”
Adrian Gollner, http:www.adriangollner.ca