I think of the works as matrices, or intersections; diagrams of things that shift in one’s experience over time. In a sense they are maps or diagrams of the physical world but as such do not function as external markers as much as accretions of cause and effect that indicate types and systems of relationships which have only one particular manifestation in the physical world. The paintings are renderings of the things we sense as being present, but do not see, or see only in part.
- Karl Klingbiel, 2014
In his dynamic, seductive abstractions, New York artist Karl Klingbiel distills the chaos of daily life into compositions that seem to shift beautifully over the canvas. Capturing a world of information that we sense all around us, but only process in part, his paintings are like “compendiums” of everything that makes up his frame of reference, from physical places to literature to artworks. “The visual aspects of the world have a huge impact on me—patterns, relationships, stunning moments,” he has said.
Klingbiel’s palette ranges from high-energy strokes in pure neon pink to densely layered areas of moody color, reflecting a full map of psychological states and visual contexts. In his work, he hopes to offer “something that is raw, unfiltered and unspecified, because I don’t want to give you a thing but rather everything.”
Klingbiel earned a B.A. from Yale University and has exhibited his paintings at numerous galleries in the U.S. and Europe. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New York Public Library, the Castellani Art Museum, and the Agnes Gund Collection, among others.