William Kluba

Latest work- Artist statement

I am currently working and investigating two distinctly different channels of images. The first is a direct style of painting that has very little planning in the way of understood outcome (no pre-positioning of forms). The other one is a digital style of working with the iPad as the medium. The paintings, oil on canvas, are all horizontal and large 40" x 60" so they have a physical presence that I interact with as I produce them, making them somewhat challenging to create, nevertheless always interesting and spontaneous. They have a strong backdrop of composition and color plays a very important role in how they resonate.

The iPad pieces, initially being very small in the physical sense , have a different feeling as I work on them. I find my self involved in a more intimate yet metaphysical way unlike the large pieces where I feel more workmanlike.

Each way of working brings different terms to the table that I find refreshing and intriguing. I don't subscribe to the idea that switching mediums means using the same iconography and forms to those respective mediums. I expect and encourage that a medium will inform me as to how it wants to perform and what it wants to say. The larger concerns and common threads between the two bodies of work are quite simple for me; space, light, and energy.

William Kluba, December 2015

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