Karen Amy Finkel Fishof

is creating Art


Karen Amy Finkel Fishof – Artist Statement
By pushing the boundaries of conventional black and white photography, I produce large scale, life size, one-of-a-kind photograms, using a variety of techniques, creating imagery as no one has done before.

Photograms provide the medium I need to tell my stories. Through them, I can express ideas about society and mass media. I love the creative process of these works, from the exposure to the development. The magic of seeing the image appear when the photo paper is placed in the chemistry, knowing it was a moment captured with no negative. I relish the anticipation in the darkroom of seeing how various objects live in the light and how light wraps around them and capturing that living dance on 2D, still, photo paper.

I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media. I've worked in all these areas professionally, and draw from their current trends. The photogram process, the way I'm doing it, allows me to collage these areas together into one cohesive image statement.

Photograms are a kind of camera-less photography. I consider it drawing with light. It gives me the strong imagery and narrative, with hidden subtleties. Unlike conventional photography, each piece is a one-of-a-kind, like a painting.

All persons and objects serve a double role. Not only are they instruments in imagery, but also declare a statement about the medium itself. We are forced to recognize a new aspect of the person or object touching the surface, the form itself.

There is a presence that remains of the people and objects, sort of like when you see the hand prints on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame". You know that the person had physical contact with the paper, unlike conventional photography or portraiture.

The work also makes one cognizant of the relationship we have with objects. We almost always have an object in our hands, whether it be a phone, pen, fork, cup, remote control, gun, bible or flowers. We are dependent on them and they define us.

Recent Photograms depict my journey into adulthood exploring themes of religion, parenting and life in a Los Angeles community.
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Karen Amy Finkel Fishof – Bio

Born in the Bronx, NY, Karen was heavily influenced by the NY art scene, hanging out in clubs with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring in the 80’s. She apprenticed under artist, Marylyn Dintenfass and was greatly influenced by her thematic color schemes and work practice. Karen attended Syracuse University as a painting major, where she received a BFA in painting including a year abroad at St. Martins School of Art, London, UK, where she first started creating photograms under the same professors that worked with Gilbert and George and showing her paintings in New York.

Karen has been working as a painter, photographer, window dresser and graphic designer creating window designs for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn Stores and major music labels as well as design for licensed products for Kraft Foods, Simon Malls, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Imax, Cartoon Network and Gameboy after receiving a second degree in Graphic Design.

“I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media. I've worked in all these areas professionally, and draw from their current trends. My artistic process, allows me to collage these areas together into one cohesive statement and image.”

Currently, Karen has been active in the Los Angeles Arts District, exhibiting frequently and pushing the boundaries of conventional black and white photography, producing large scale, life size, on-of-a-kind photograms using a variety of techniques, creating imagery as no one has done before. She has also bent the norms on the traditional “rectangle on the wall” by creating unique, 3D modular art.

“Some of her most brilliant and exclusive works remain in private and corporate collections.”
- Warren Pickard – HNW Gallery

“Seeing your work installed at this exhibition meant more to me than the digital submission; I liked it even more.”
- Edward Goldman – Art Critic, National Public Radio & Huffington Post

COLLECTIONS:
National Reinsurance
Los Angeles, CA & Dallas, TX offices
& Private Collections

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Karen Amy Finkel Fishof – CV

EDUCATION

BFA SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Major PAINTING, Minor PHOTOGRAPHY
St. Martin's School of Art, London, England - Semester Abroad
SUNY Purchase - Summer Art Courses
Certification in Computer Arts, SUNY WCC - Center for Digital Arts- GPA 3.96

EXHIBITIONS

2018

"Snap To Grid", Group Show
LACDA, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

"Fabric Expo", Art Fair
The Reef, Los Angeles, CA

"Brand 46, National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper", Group Show
Brand Library and Art Center, Burbank, CA

"Art in LA Affair", Art Fair
AC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017

"You Are Punk", Group Show
The Vast Lab, Los Angeles, CA

"Art From The Other Side", Group Show
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

"The Grow Show", Group Show
ArtHouse. NYC, New York, NY

"Los Angeles Based Film and Chemistry Photo Artists", Group Show
Downtown Photo Collective, Los Angeles, CA DTLA

"That Blitz Mentality", Group Show
Wallspace, Los Angeles, CA

2016

"Perimeter II", Group Show
Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA DTLA

2003

"Digital Festival", group show
Jewish Enrichment Center, New York, NY

2000

"Acrylic on Wood", Group Show
Westchester Art Workshop Gallery, Peekskill, NY

1999

"Interactive Animations", Group Show
Westchester Art Workshop Gallery, Peekskill, NY

1998

"Digital Video Productions", Group Show
Westchester Art Workshop Gallery, Peekskill, NY

1997

"Digital Illustrations", Group Show
Westchester Art Workshop Gallery, Peekskill, NY

1995

Stuart Steele Productions "Selected Works", Group Show
Le Bar Bat, Manhattan, NY

1994

"4th Annual Open Juried Show", Group Show
Paramount Center For The Arts, Peekskill, NY

1991

"Iconclastic Art", group show
Weatherholt Gallery in cooperation with The International Association of Visual Artists, Washington, DC

"2nd Annual 100 New York Artists", Group Show
Weatherholt Gallery, Washington, DC

"1st Annual 100 New York Artists", Group Show
Weatherholt Gallery, Washington, DC

1990

"Karen Finkel", Solo Exhibition
Mari Galleries, Mamaroneck, NY

1987

"That Show", Solo Exhibition
Smith Gallery, Syracuse, NY

1986

"The Next Tomorrow", Group Dhow
Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge University, England, UK

Tiers
Art Supplies Expenses
$500 or more per month

Photo paper, paints, props, photo chemicals 

Marketing
$600 or more per month

Website hosting, writing, social media maintenance, digital ads, professional photography of artwork, email campaigns, postcards 

Transportation and installation
$900 or more per month

Costs of trucking and professional installation of artworks. 

Studio costs
$1,000 or more per month

Studio space rental and insurance

Mounting costs
$8,000 or more per month

Professional archival photography mounting of photos on Sintra board. 

Goals
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I have a Solo Show coming up in September in Los Angeles! This is going to be a real showcase of my work, seeing it all hanging in one place and making an impact. I need to cover costs of mounting the work to making a splash on the LA Art Scene! Costs = $8000. Help me get there and be with me at the center of it all!
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Karen Amy Finkel Fishof – Artist Statement
By pushing the boundaries of conventional black and white photography, I produce large scale, life size, one-of-a-kind photograms, using a variety of techniques, creating imagery as no one has done before.

Photograms provide the medium I need to tell my stories. Through them, I can express ideas about society and mass media. I love the creative process of these works, from the exposure to the development. The magic of seeing the image appear when the photo paper is placed in the chemistry, knowing it was a moment captured with no negative. I relish the anticipation in the darkroom of seeing how various objects live in the light and how light wraps around them and capturing that living dance on 2D, still, photo paper.

I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media. I've worked in all these areas professionally, and draw from their current trends. The photogram process, the way I'm doing it, allows me to collage these areas together into one cohesive image statement.

Photograms are a kind of camera-less photography. I consider it drawing with light. It gives me the strong imagery and narrative, with hidden subtleties. Unlike conventional photography, each piece is a one-of-a-kind, like a painting.

All persons and objects serve a double role. Not only are they instruments in imagery, but also declare a statement about the medium itself. We are forced to recognize a new aspect of the person or object touching the surface, the form itself.

There is a presence that remains of the people and objects, sort of like when you see the hand prints on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame". You know that the person had physical contact with the paper, unlike conventional photography or portraiture.

The work also makes one cognizant of the relationship we have with objects. We almost always have an object in our hands, whether it be a phone, pen, fork, cup, remote control, gun, bible or flowers. We are dependent on them and they define us.

Recent Photograms depict my journey into adulthood exploring themes of religion, parenting and life in a Los Angeles community.
__________________________

Karen Amy Finkel Fishof – Bio

Born in the Bronx, NY, Karen was heavily influenced by the NY art scene, hanging out in clubs with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring in the 80’s. She apprenticed under artist, Marylyn Dintenfass and was greatly influenced by her thematic color schemes and work practice. Karen attended Syracuse University as a painting major, where she received a BFA in painting including a year abroad at St. Martins School of Art, London, UK, where she first started creating photograms under the same professors that worked with Gilbert and George and showing her paintings in New York.

Karen has been working as a painter, photographer, window dresser and graphic designer creating window designs for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn Stores and major music labels as well as design for licensed products for Kraft Foods, Simon Malls, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Imax, Cartoon Network and Gameboy after receiving a second degree in Graphic Design.

“I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media. I've worked in all these areas professionally, and draw from their current trends. My artistic process, allows me to collage these areas together into one cohesive statement and image.”

Currently, Karen has been active in the Los Angeles Arts District, exhibiting frequently and pushing the boundaries of conventional black and white photography, producing large scale, life size, on-of-a-kind photograms using a variety of techniques, creating imagery as no one has done before. She has also bent the norms on the traditional “rectangle on the wall” by creating unique, 3D modular art.

“Some of her most brilliant and exclusive works remain in private and corporate collections.”
- Warren Pickard – HNW Gallery

“Seeing your work installed at this exhibition meant more to me than the digital submission; I liked it even more.”
- Edward Goldman – Art Critic, National Public Radio & Huffington Post

COLLECTIONS:
National Reinsurance
Los Angeles, CA & Dallas, TX offices
& Private Collections

___________________________

Karen Amy Finkel Fishof – CV

EDUCATION

BFA SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Major PAINTING, Minor PHOTOGRAPHY
St. Martin's School of Art, London, England - Semester Abroad
SUNY Purchase - Summer Art Courses
Certification in Computer Arts, SUNY WCC - Center for Digital Arts- GPA 3.96

EXHIBITIONS

2018

"Snap To Grid", Group Show
LACDA, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

"Fabric Expo", Art Fair
The Reef, Los Angeles, CA

"Brand 46, National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper", Group Show
Brand Library and Art Center, Burbank, CA

"Art in LA Affair", Art Fair
AC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017

"You Are Punk", Group Show
The Vast Lab, Los Angeles, CA

"Art From The Other Side", Group Show
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

"The Grow Show", Group Show
ArtHouse. NYC, New York, NY

"Los Angeles Based Film and Chemistry Photo Artists", Group Show
Downtown Photo Collective, Los Angeles, CA DTLA

"That Blitz Mentality", Group Show
Wallspace, Los Angeles, CA

2016

"Perimeter II", Group Show
Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA DTLA

2003

"Digital Festival", group show
Jewish Enrichment Center, New York, NY

2000

"Acrylic on Wood", Group Show
Westchester Art Workshop Gallery, Peekskill, NY

1999

"Interactive Animations", Group Show
Westchester Art Workshop Gallery, Peekskill, NY

1998

"Digital Video Productions", Group Show
Westchester Art Workshop Gallery, Peekskill, NY

1997

"Digital Illustrations", Group Show
Westchester Art Workshop Gallery, Peekskill, NY

1995

Stuart Steele Productions "Selected Works", Group Show
Le Bar Bat, Manhattan, NY

1994

"4th Annual Open Juried Show", Group Show
Paramount Center For The Arts, Peekskill, NY

1991

"Iconclastic Art", group show
Weatherholt Gallery in cooperation with The International Association of Visual Artists, Washington, DC

"2nd Annual 100 New York Artists", Group Show
Weatherholt Gallery, Washington, DC

"1st Annual 100 New York Artists", Group Show
Weatherholt Gallery, Washington, DC

1990

"Karen Finkel", Solo Exhibition
Mari Galleries, Mamaroneck, NY

1987

"That Show", Solo Exhibition
Smith Gallery, Syracuse, NY

1986

"The Next Tomorrow", Group Dhow
Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge University, England, UK

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Tiers
Art Supplies Expenses
$500 or more per month

Photo paper, paints, props, photo chemicals 

Marketing
$600 or more per month

Website hosting, writing, social media maintenance, digital ads, professional photography of artwork, email campaigns, postcards 

Transportation and installation
$900 or more per month

Costs of trucking and professional installation of artworks. 

Studio costs
$1,000 or more per month

Studio space rental and insurance

Mounting costs
$8,000 or more per month

Professional archival photography mounting of photos on Sintra board.