Paul Calendrillo New York
Mar. 3, 2023 - Mar. 14, 2015
Kyle Andrew Szpryka
March 3rd to March 14th
Opening Reception March 5th
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Pencil on Watercolor Paper
New Century Artists Gallery
530 West 25th St., New York, NY 4th Floor
Gallery Hours Tuesday through Saturday
11:00am to 6:00pm
Georgia O’Keefe once said, “I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree, past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree.” O’Keefe, like Arthur Dove, abstracted motifs from nature, but this quote provides a deeper insight into the spiritual connection between her affinity with nature and the human ego as she describes the heavens framing the anthropomorphic, natural image. It is this very orientation to life, artistic expression and exemplary skill that makes Kyle Szpyrka so important to contemporary art. As Kyle says, “The infinity of the world around us is a mirror of the infinity within us. My work as an artist and my sense of safety comes through my attempts to embrace and know this infinity on an intimate level through honest searching and acceptance of all that I find in the deepest and farthest places of both my inner and outer worlds. For me, it is the infinite peace that comes through realizing our own interconnectedness on all scales of existence.”
Kyle’s abstract work with pencil on watercolor paper begins with the intricate root system of O’Keefe’s tree but, in a process of discovery, transcends the natural image to the human and again to the abstract spiritual. Soon the image begins to twist in on itself and then outward into ephemeral bands surrounding intricate and astounding forms that accelerate in motion, some of which take on anatomical similarities.
The emotions and meaning behind the abstracts then becomes tangible but not quite direct in his figurative work. Figures with a “lightness of being” are suspending, and like an Escher painting, refuse to disclose from neither where they originated nor where they are headed. They are categorically inspiring and beautiful.
Kyle holds a BFA from The College of Saint Rose.