Artist Focus: Michael Krasowitz On The Deconstruction Of Memory


“My work deals with the deconstruction of memory, similar to how the mind organizes feelings and memories. The image becomes a single moment, yet it is constructed over a long period of time. Forms are organic, they flow freely in the space of the piece, and find their space as a plant finds root or space in the sky.”

— Michael Krasowitz

About Michael Krasowitz

Michael Krasowitz, a local artist in Huntington Station, whose schooling in printmaking and photography led to a portfolio largely comprised of paintings, got his start as a photographer.

Krasowitz presents two distinct styles in his portfolio: (1) an exacting, meticulous design of his paintings, usually decorated with an array of curvy, distorted subjects that span the entire color wheel; (2) a collection of monoprints where each piece funnels the viewer’s perception of depth in a single expressive impression made by the artist.

"Easter Island" by Michael Krasowitz, 2005.

Paintings by Michael Krasowitz

Seeing such contrast in style, I asked him in a few different ways if he had a specific purpose in the thematic repetition in his paintings. Michael was adamant in asserting the lack of intention in his creations. “I try to have no preconception when I start something. I just try to blank out … Start with shapes, and create the image as I’m making it.”

Krasowitz later revealed his goal in this format was to try and create a subject that was self created (in a manner of speaking) and left to the viewer to interpret. These paintings take months to create. The detail can be painstaking at times and the style of the stroke requires a deft touch to create the clean lines of the numerous (and often layered) subjects.

Monoprints by Michael Krasowitz

Curious if they were a stylistic shift for Krasowitz or just a stylistic aberration, he told me that the monoprint was “actually a return to what I had done when I first started.” After originally making monoprints, the paintings had become his focus with the desire to hone the technique of creating the ‘clean’ look. “With the prints, I’m very loose again. They’re done very quickly.” He began making them again after he created his blog out of a need to produce art he could blog about on a daily basis. Krasowitz called it “an evolution” as the making of prints has begun to influence the creation of his paintings now.

Regardless of the impetus that led Michael to start creating monoprints again, I will not mince words; I believe his monoprints are his best work, and nothing short of stunning. A variety of texture, the free flowing lines and a judicious use of color, the subjects of his prints almost feel alive, if somehow frozen or hidden within the form and lines. They beg to be inspected and interpreted like an illusion lingering in the mind.

Inspired mostly by music, noting Arcade fire (a damn fine choice) as a favorite of his, Michael is involved in Live Art Fusion, a program that joins live music and improvisational art from local artists. You can check out his work in an art show at Campari Ristorante from now until January 30th at 225 Main Street in Northport, NY.

Below: “Hidden Dragon” Monoprint by Michael Krasowitz, 2012.

Michael Krasowitz Hidden Dragon Monoprint 2012

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