William Kluba
Latest work- Artist statement


Many artists, throughout their careers, evolve their imagery, content, style, and medium as their respective interests change. This body of work, for me, is a step in a new direction that brings new themes and forms into play. I am always aware of what is happening in the work compositionally and structurally, yet there often await surprises that I discover after the work is completed. These surprises offer themselves in the form of new insights into my own character, the way I perceive myself in context of the world, and indefinable feelings. Art is a vehicle that can transcend the rational mode of thinking allowing one to explore regions of the mind and soul that are not readily accessible in this busy world. Being attuned to the work when it is produced brings about a certain fluidity for me that frees me to let images basically create themselves. Of course I make artistic choices in terms of color, shape and tonal value but the images like to speak clearly and sometimes forcefully.
Therefore, I like to think of this particular body of work as an investigation into the mechanics of the energy behind the forms, the intuitive and spontaneous. Inside all the pieces is a highly organized and formal structure that keeps harmony and balance within its parameters yet allows the forms to freely interact with each other.

William Kluba, March 2014


General statement-

I generate my images from multiple sources. My most prevalent influence is nature, the feel of power and light, both silent and active, expressed through the lens of my own filters and experiences. I have witnessed recurring themes in my work: plants, biomorphic shapes, tables, faces, interior/exterior spaces, still life, and spatial abstractions. In the past eighteen years my meditation practice has inspired me to put a new stamp on my work.

I am concerned with the inner world of fluctuations, abstract versus concrete, dynamic movement within a still posture, and mystical awareness threaded through the context of shape and visual contradiction. I am firmly entrenched in composition as it applies to the construction of my pieces in both the obvious and the subtle, the poetic and layered.

I grew up in a very agrarian rural area of Wisconsin with vivid memories of the landscape- cold crisp lakes, sweet summer air wafting with fields of diverse aromas, textures of plants, sounds of animals, and wild skies. That sense of earth and elements has never left me; when I turned inside to draw from these places something very deep and wonderful emerged that I could not have predicted. What I do know is I try not to go against my own grain and follow the spirit of the moment.

The place I revisit with frequency is the inner landscape, the channels that have been illuminated to me over time of which I have great respect . These visions come to me like currents of water that can be sweet and smooth or deep and overflowing. Mostly, they appear to me as fragments which I turn into satisfying compositions through my own process. I have faith in my own hand to work out whatever is presented to me without judgment. I have the awareness to understand when a work is complete and end that particular piece at that juncture.

I love watching the image appear and shape itself into something I never premeditate.

Bill Kluba, 2012